Healthy Pima


Healthy now, wellness for generations to come


Pima County Health Priorities

Pima County's 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified the following four areas as health priorities for Pima County:

Anxiety & Depression

Community members voiced a need for more mental health interventions in Pima County, especially around anxiety and depression.  To address this need, Healthy Pima has pulled together community partners to identify and develop needed interventions.


Diabetes was identified as the 8th leading cause of death in Pima County. To address the rising prevalence of diabetes in Pima County, Healthy Pima's Together 2 End Diabetes coalition is currently working to provide more education, advocacy, resources, and self-management support to community members with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

accidents & injuries

Arizona's injury rate is higher than the national average with a primary focus on motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental injury and death in Pima County. Collaborative efforts among three Healthy Pima coalitions are currently underway to prevent and reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with injuries and accidents among youth, adults, and seniors.

Substance Misuse & Mental Health

Pima County experiences high prevalence rates when compared to state and national statistics in adults who binge drink and teens who use alcohol and marijuana. To address the rise of substance misuse in Pima County, including the most recent public health concern around opioid misuse, six Healthy Pima task forces have come together to increase community awareness, decrease substance dependence, and increase access to services for members of Pima County.

New Research & Guide

Volunteer Telephone Continuing Care

The Volunteer Telephone Continuing Care (VTCC) project is a NIH-NIAAA funded project examining the effectiveness of delivering volunteer telephone continuing care services to adolescents transitioning out of residential substance abuse treatment. Adolescents who participate in the project will be randomly assigned to either usual continuing care (UCC) (e.g., referrals to outpatient services) or UCC plus Volunteer Telephone Continuing Care (VTCC).  VTCC is delivered by trained volunteers who initiate and maintain a schedule of supportive contact through telecommunication for 9 months post-discharge.  SIROW (one of three sites participating in this study) is partnering with local agencies to enroll adolescents who qualify. The aims of this study are to: 1) evaluate the main effect of VTCC on changes over time on improving pro-recovery peers and activities, decreasing alcohol and other drug (AOD) frequency of use, and AOD-related problems during the 12 months post-discharge; 2) evaluate the extent to which changes in pro-recovery peers and activities mediate the effects of VTCC on changes in AOD use and AOD-related problems over 12 months; and 3) evaluate the extent to which treatment readiness at baseline moderates the main effects of VTCC on changes in pro-recovery peers and activities, AOD frequency of use, and AOD-related problems at month 12.

To view the Tucson's Youth VTCC Resource Guide, click HERE.

Contact: Alison Greene (greene@email.arizona.edu) ; Tamara Sargus (tsargus@email.arizona.edu)


Featured Event

Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes

Today, more than 65 million people are displaced around the world. The International Rescue Committee in Tucson invites you to participate in the “Walk a Mile in a Refugee’s Shoes” simulation event. In partnership with the Jewish Community Center, this event will provide the community an insight into the hardships, frustrations, and often the pain that refugees endure. Participants will go through various stations and will assume the role of a refugee and focus on the challenges that they face in getting the bare necessities of life—food, water, shelter, and education.

Registration starts at 9:30AM and the commencement ceremony will begin from 10:00am to 10:30AM.

When: Sunday, March 18, 2018

Time: 10am to 2pm

Where: Jewish Community Center, Sculpture Garden: 3800 East River Road Tucson, AZ 85718

If your organization would like to host a table at NO COST please contact Nejra at:  Nejra.Sumic@rescue.org


Community News

Tucson Village Farm Receives Angel Charity Grant

March 12, 2018

The farm's seed-to-table mission to teach children how to prepare healthy meals from fresh foods is being supported by a $445,000 grant. Funding will go towards constructing the Angel Charity Culinary Education Center for Children, which will teach over 13,000 children annually how to prepare healthy meals from fresh food and provide the education and scaffolding they need to create brighter, healthier futures for themselves, their families, and the community.

Additionally, the kitchen will generate revenue through the sale of value-added goods and rental of the space.

Read more at: UANews