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Pima County analysis shows vaccinated employees incur less health care costs than unvaccinated employees

| Sep 15, 2022 | Arizona

With the ban on COVID-19 vaccination mandates for employees of government entities in the state taking effect on Sept. 24th, new data shows that vaccinated employees in Pima County have cost the county “significantly” less in health care costs than unvaccinated employees.     To promote vaccination rates, the Pima...[ Read More ]

Arizona Health Start Program to begin training community health workers with newly approved curriculum

| Sep 9, 2022 | Arizona

A new community health worker (CHW) training curriculum has been approved to be part of the Arizona Health Start Program, a program that uses CHWs to provide education, support, and advocacy services to pregnant and postpartum women in historically underserved communities throughout the state. Families enrolled in the program receive...[ Read More ]

More accessible medication-assisted treatment can help combat fentanyl crisis, AzPHA Executive Director Will Humble says

| Sep 2, 2022 | Arizona

According to Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA) Executive Director Will Humble, tackling the fentanyl overdose epidemic in the state comes down to Narcan distribution, preventative measures like fentanyl test strips, and making medication-assisted treatment more accessible.      AzPHA notes that while overdose deaths from opioids like heroin and morphine...[ Read More ]

Mike Sheldon named permanent CEO of Arizona State Hospital, ADHS deputy director

| Sep 1, 2022 | Arizona

Mike Sheldon has been named the new CEO for the Arizona State Hospital (ASH), building on more than a decade of behavioral health administrative experience in both the private and public sectors. Sheldon has served as interim CEO at the 360-bed facility in Phoenix since May after serving as the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: American Indian health center, Q&A w/ Ann-Marie Alameddin, Olmstead Plan

| Aug 25, 2022 | Arizona

This month's newsletter includes news about a new health education center focused on American Indian health, a conversation with AzHHA CEO Ann-Marie Alameddin, and coverage of the state's updated Olmstead Plan. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform 1. Arizona will soon have American Indian-focused health education center The...[ Read More ]

Q&A: AzHHA President & CEO Ann-Marie Alameddin says workforce and financial stability are biggest issues in Arizona hospitals right now

| Aug 24, 2022 | Arizona

Ann-Marie Alameddin is the President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA). In this Q&A, she discusses her outlook on the future of the COVID-19 pandemic in Arizona and how hospitals are faring as COVID-19 becomes an endemic disease.      State of Reform: As community transmission...[ Read More ]