Pima County's 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified the following four areas as health priorities for Pima County:
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.
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.
Community members voiced a need for more mental health and substance misuse interventions in Pima County, especially around anxiety, depression and opioid misuse. Due to the county’s upward trend in co-morbidity of mental and substance misuse disorders, Healthy Pima has pulled together an interdisciplinary alliance of six task forces to increase community awareness, decrease substance dependence, and increase access to mental and behavioral health services for members of Pima County.
With contributions from leading diabetes experts from around the world, NIDDK has completed the third edition of a resource designed to be a preeminent source for crucial scientific information on diabetes and its complications.
“Diabetes doubles the risk of many devastating conditions in the body, from hearing loss to heart disease to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease,” said NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D. “With this third edition of Diabetes in America, we hope to shine a light on the many consequences of this costly and chronic disease and how research continues to improve the outlook for people with or at risk for diabetes or its complications.”
Free seminar by the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians targeting prescribing clinicians. Space is limited – register soon! The event will be also be live in Phoenix with broadcasts to Flagstaff, Tucson, and Yuma.
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM (check-in) - 12:00 PM
Location: University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724
On Thursday, July 25, the Pima County Health Department hosted a meeting for roughly 50 bicycle and pedestrian advocates on the county’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program. The meeting highlighted how the Health Department is working with Pima County Department of Transportation and the VRUMS Task Force to improve health outcomes for all members of Pima County.
The VRUMS Task Force is dedicated to reducing the severity and frequency of preventable crashes and collisions for all roadway users within Pima County. The next monthly meeting will take place in August. If you are interested in attending, please complete this Doodle Poll by Monday, August 20.
Lack of human contact has serious physiological consequences. Studies show that without human contact our risk of functional decline increases as does our risk of mobility loss. Our risk of clinical dementia increases by 64 percent. These health problems further isolate those suffering from social isolation, threatening a vicious cycle of physical, emotional, and psychological decline.
Although much of the social isolation research has centered on older people, there is reason for broader concern. Even younger generations– who are hyperconnected thanks to social media and technology – report alarming rates of loneliness and social isolation.