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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

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 Data Report

The Arizona Department of Health and Human Services just published a new report on the burden of diabetes in Arizona. The report includes Arizona diabetes morbidity and morality rates, diabetes risk factors specific to Arizona, economic and hospitalization impact of diabetes in Arizona, prevention and management efforts and how to get involved. Highlights include:

  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in Arizona
  • Roughly a 10% increase in people diagnosed with diabetes from 2011 to 2016
  • Arizona diabetes-related mortality rate was 24.5 per 100,000 people in 2016
  • Diabetes prevalence is an inverse proportion to the socioeconomic status: the higher the income the lower the rate of diabetes
  • 11 out of the 15 counties had prevalence rates higher than the state and national prevalence rates (Pima: 9.8% vs. Arizona: 10.3%)

View the full report on: ADHS Reports & Data

 

 


Featured Event

Second Chance Tucson Community Forum

Second Chance Tucson is a coalition of non-profit, faith-based, governmental, law enforcement agencies, and employers focused on reducing recidivism and increasing community awareness about reentry, with an emphasis on employment.

Join Mayor Rothschild for this free community event on overcoming challenges for returning citizens.

Preview the Second Chance Tucson video trailer!

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location: Fox Theater, 17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701

RSVP: Click here


Community News

Dr. Christian Moher Earns National Honor

Healthy Pima member and Chief Medical Officer at Community Partners Integrated Healthcare, Dr. Christian Moher, was recognized as “Doctor of the Year” by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The award, which has historically gone to a psychiatrist, recognizes a doctor “who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, empowering their patients to define their own goals and providing the encouragement and support to help them achieve their dreams.”

Dr. Moher was recognized for, among other things, being a national leader in changing the way he prescribes opioids and treats patients with chronic pain. Part of that change was innovating an approach to medicine that combines primary care and mental health in one clinic with one integrated medical record and a team approach to helping patients. Moher says mental health and primary care should not be operating separately, “in two silos.”

If you or your organization is interested in closing the gap between substance misuse and mental health, join us today: