Community Health Workers

How to Get Your CHW Training Program Certified

Is your organization ready for CHW Voluntary Certification? One way to prepare is to get your training program approved by AzCHOW. The training program approval process ensures that CHW training programs prepare CHWs to understand the 10 Core Competencies and work to the fullest extent of their skills and abilities. You can read more about training program approval using the resources on the AzCHOW website: Training Program Review Guidelines: learn about

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Community Health Workers

Report: Building Community Health Workers Into the Continuum of Care

For a picture of how CHWs can fit into a continuum of care, take a look at this report from the NAU Center for Health Equity Research in collaboration with the UA Prevention Research Center (AzPRC) which provides insight into innovative strategies for integrating, sustaining and scaling of the CHW workforce within Medicaid (AHCCCS). The Center for Health Equity Research at NAU through funding from the ADHS and in collaboration with the UA Prevention

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Community Health Workers

The Tumblers Click: Community Health Workers Entering Arizona’s Care Network at Scale

Community Health Workers are frontline public health workers who have a trusted relationship with the community and facilitate access to a variety of services and resources for community members. Building CHWs into the continuum of care has been proven to both improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs… especially when it comes to preventing and self-managing chronic diseases.   The evidence that Community Health Workers cut healthcare costs and improve

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Nutrition

FDA Proposes New Criteria for When Foods Can Be Labeled “Healthy”

Last week the FDA proposed updated criteria for when foods can be labeled with the nutrient content claim “healthy” on their packaging. This proposed rule would align the definition of the “healthy” claim with current nutrition science, the updated Nutrition Facts label and the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  The proposed rule would update the “healthy” claim definition to better account for how all the nutrients in various food groups contribute and may work synergistically

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Public Health

It’s Opening Day for Early Voting: AzPHA Officially Takes Positions on Ballot Propositions

AzPHA Recommends YES on Props 209, 211, 308 & 310 Urges NO on Prop 128 AzPHA’s 501(c)3 nonprofit status prohibits us from taking positions on the candidates- but we can take positions on policy issues and the ballot propositions. We’ve taken a deep dive into the public health implications (direct & indirect) of all 10 ballot propositions and have taken positions on 5 of them. AZPHA Recommends YES Votes on the Following Propositions PROP

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Social Determinants

President Promises to Use Executive Authority to Overhaul Marijuana Enforcement & Convictions

Asks DEA to Look into Rescheduling Marijuana’s Classification Under the Controlled Substances Act Last week President Biden promised to use his executive authority to overhaul the way the federal government enforces marijuana possession laws and promised to pardon folks who have been previously convicted of possession of small amounts of marijuana under federal law. The most immediate action appears to be pardoning prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession.  While

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