Reproductive Health

2022 Was Tumultuous for Access to Abortion in Arizona: New Report Provides Surveillance Detail

2022 was a tumultuous year for access to abortion care in Arizona. The chaos began when the US Supreme Court overturned the 1972 Roe v Wade ruling that had guaranteed the legal right to abortion care up to viability on June 24. Shortly after the Roe ruling, then AZ Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a motion in Pima County Superior Court to make abortion illegal in AZ. Nearly immediately, most

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Medicaid

ASTHO Update: Strengthening the Role of Public Health Agency Officials in the Health Safety Net System

ASTHO and the Center for Health Care Strategies interviewed or surveyed staff from public health and Medicaid agencies in Arkansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Oregon to understand the ways in which the two agencies collaborate to deliver clinical services and shape and implement policies in the healthcare safety net system. You can view how those states included public health principles into their contracts with Medicaid managed care providers to improve health outcomes in their states. Massachusetts opts

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Public Health

Learn How the Arizona State Legislature Works by Listening to this Consumable Podcast

The Arizona State Legislature will convene on Monday, January 8, 2024. Many legislators will hit the ground running with bills that they already have in the hopper. See the bills that have been pre-filed so far That means we need to be ready to fight for good bills, fight against bad bills, and be prepared to advocate for adjustments for bills somewhere in the middle right out of the box. You

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Public Health

Let Legislators Know What You Think: Here’s How

The Arizona State Legislature uses the ‘Request to Speak’ (RTS) system facilitate tracking of bills proposed and allowing the public to register an opinion on bills and to request to speak on a bill in a committee. It replaces the old slips of paper used back in the day and lets committee chairperson know you want to speak to the committee. Under the old paper system, you could only sign

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State Legislature

Arizona Legislative Session Begins Monday, January 8: Here’s Our Advocacy Approach

January 8 This week marks the beginning of the 2024 legislative session. The kickoff will be the Governor’s address to the legislature where she’ll outline what she sees as priorities. Our Advocacy Approach AzPHA will follow the session closely and express our support or opposition to bills based on a simple core principle…  we support bills that will have a positive impact on public health especially when they are evidence-based

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Firearm Safety

Straw Purchase of Firearms in Arizona is a Huge Problem, and the Interventions Are Low-hanging Fruit

Guest blog by Mike Humphrey, Pima County Board of Health Firearm-related violence is a public health and safety threat to all Pima County residents.  According to the Pima County Health Department, in 2022, 226 persons died as a result of firearm violence in Pima County. Thus far in 2023, 146 have perished. AzPHA Report: Firearm Violence in Arizona: Data to Support Prevention Policies Firearm-related violence represents a staggering human and economic cost locally.

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