On March 9th, the Pima County Health Department launched the “Not Alone” initiative, which addresses the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on K-12 students and faculty members. The campaign aims to communicate to young people experiencing mental health challenges to know that they are not alone in their struggles. It is funded by … Read more

After a Feb. 9th Arizona Senate Nominations Committee hearing, where members considered Dr. Theresa Cullen’s appointment as the director of the Department of Health Services, Gov. Katie Hobbs withdrew her nomination and expressed disappointment in the decision. Hobbs nominated Cullen late last year after she won the governor’s race. She has 27 years of public … Read more

On Monday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich reached an agreement with abortion rights advocates in Maricopa County to halt their lawsuit challenging the 1864 near-total abortion ban that Brnovich has argued should take precedence over the 15-week ban Gov. Doug Ducey signed in March.     The Maricopa County lawsuit was filed earlier this month … Read more

This month’s newsletter includes a look at Arizona’s ballot initiative that aims to lower medical debt, a successful COVID vaccination incentive effort conducted by Pima County, and recommendations from AzPHA’s Will Humble about how to combat rising rates of fentanyl-related deaths in the state. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. … Read more

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 County Administrator established a vaccine … Read more