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Indian health advisory council to develop state’s first American Indian Health Health Education Center in Arizona

| Aug 18, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care (AACIHC) was recently selected by the University of Arizona Health Sciences’ Arizona Area Health Education Center Program (AHEC) to develop the 6th AHEC Regional Center in the state, which will focus exclusively on the American Indian health care system.     According...[ Read More ]

AHCCCS says new Housing Program Guidebook will standardize housing practices and improve state housing accessibility

| Aug 5, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) told State of Reform that its newly-released Housing Program Guidebook will standardize AHCCCS housing practices in the state.     The guidebook includes policies pertaining to key programmatic and operational processes for AHCCCS Housing Programs (AHPs), and is specific to the housing...[ Read More ]

Arizona’s proposed Olmstead Plan open for public comment, includes strategies to integrate individuals with disabilities into community living

| Aug 3, 2022 | Arizona

Arizona’s Olmstead Plan has been updated for the first time since 2003, representing an additional effort of the state to comply with the 1999 US Supreme Court decision requiring states to sufficiently integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities.     While the Court decision does not require state Medicaid...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Q&A w/ Rep. Salman, Prison health care, Medical debt ballot initiative

| Jul 27, 2022 | Arizona

In this month's edition of "5 Things We're Watching" in Arizona, we explore a recent ruling concluding the inadequacy of health care in Arizona prisons, a conversation with Rep. Athena Salman, and an initiative heading to the ballot this fall that aims to reduce the burden of medical debt on...[ Read More ]

ADHS Suicide Prevention Plan includes recommendations to improve state crisis response and build community resilience

| Jul 27, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) recently released its Suicide Prevention Action Plan for 2022-2023, outlining recommendations to increase the state’s resilience and resistance to suicide and improve crisis response.     According to ADHS, in 2020, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in Arizona. Rates are...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Dawna Cato, PhD, Arizona Nurses Association

| Jul 26, 2022 | Arizona

As the CEO of the Arizona Nurses Association, Dawna Cato, PhD, is primarily focused on one policy area: the nursing workforce. With Arizona being one of the states with the worst health care workforce shortages, Cato works with the state to implement policy that will help bolster this critical workforce...[ Read More ]