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Arizona community health workers can now apply for voluntary certification through new online portal

| Nov 30, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has officially launched the community health worker voluntary certification portal, where community health workers in the state will be able to apply to become a certified professional through the ADHS Community Health Workers Program once they meet certain standards and successfully complete an...[ Read More ]

Arizona 2022 Trauma Report shows increasing rate of traumatic injuries and costs to healthcare system

| Nov 4, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services’ (ADHS) newly released 2022 Trauma Report identifies opportunities for preventing injuries and premature deaths in the state and highlights future resource needs for maintaining Arizona’s trauma system preparedness.     The State Trauma Advisory Board published the report in collaboration with the ADHS Bureau...[ Read More ]

ADHS presents action plan to tackle adverse childhood experiences in Arizona

| Oct 24, 2022 | Arizona

At the Arizona House’s Teen Mental Health Ad Hoc Committee meeting last week, representatives from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) presented data on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and positive childhood experiences (PCEs) in the state, as well as ADHS’s action plan to reduce children’s exposure to ACEs and...[ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]