Public Health

Arizonans Make Decisions on Ballot Measures: An Analysis from a Public Health Perspective

Arizonans approved 7 ballot measures and rejected 3 others in the recent election. Fortunately, approved the Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act and the Stop Dark Money voter initiatives by a wide margin. Voters also wisely approved Proposition 308, which will now allow for in-state and in-county tuition for certain non-citizens at Arizona’s community colleges and universities. Importantly, voters also wisely rejected Proposition 128, which would have given the legislature more

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Community Health Workers

Community Health Worker Certification Portal Activated

Community Health Workers are frontline public health workers who are trusted members or have a deep understanding of the communities they serve. They use their understanding of the people and cultures across Arizona to improve health, address social issues that can result in better health outcomes, reduce costs of care, and make the local health system more responsive to the needs of each community. Certification of Community Health Workers contributes

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Professional Development

Governor Elect Hobbs Forms Diverse Transition Team: CV’s Being Reviewed for Leadership Posts

Last week Governor-elect Katie Hobbs named Allie Bones as her incoming Chief of Staff. Ms. Bones is a long-time public servant and has been the current assistant secretary of state under Secretary of State Hobbs since the latter took office in 2019. Hobbs also named the co-leads and members of her formal transition team. Monica Villalobos, president and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Mike Haener, former

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Affordable Care Act

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Goes Through January 15, 2023

Open enrollment has begun for the Health Insurance Marketplace! Spread the word and provide enrollment assistance: learn more. The 2023 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2022 to January 15, 2023. Learn more about enrollment basics and FAQs at Healthcare.gov or find helpful state-by-state Medicaid and CHIP enrollment information at Medicaid.gov. Additionally, HHS recently renewed the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, which will continue through January 11, 2023.

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Professional Development

What Impact Will the Election Results Have on Arizona Public Health?

In terms of state legislation – I expect more of the same from the state legislature. But the fact that we have Governor-elect Hobbs on the 9th floor means that we can spend less energy fighting bills that are bad for public health during the legislative session. During the Ducey years we knew we had to stop bills in one of the chambers because he was a sure rubber stamp bad

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Professional Development

Checks & Balances Return to State Government for the First Time Since 2008

Governor-elect Katie Hobbs will be Arizona’s next governor. Her 4-year term will officially begin at Noon on Monday, January 2, 2023. Given her track record and background, we expect to have a public health ally in the governor’s office for the next 4 years. Governor-elect Hobbs spent many years serving as a social worker and then in the state legislature – often serving on health committees. This is the first

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