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.
Join the Southern Arizona Trauma Informed Network for a free community event on the Resilience film that reveals how toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. Resilience also explores how we can support our children, heal our families and improve the health of our communities.
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: The Loft Cinema - 3233 East Speedway Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85716
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic.
The opioid misuse Community Assessment Tool enables users to overlay substance misuse data against socioeconomic, census and other public information. This data will help leaders, researchers and policymakers assess what actions will be most effective in addressing the opioid crisis at the local level.
The Community Assessment Tool is free and available to the public.
USDA’s launch of the Community Assessment Tool closely follows President Trump’s declaration of October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Approximately 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017; 49,000 of those deaths involved an opioid. Many of these deaths have been fueled by the misuse of prescription pain medications. The severity of the current opioid misuse crisis requires immediate action. To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB).
On September 28, 2018 the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Advisory Team hosted its first community forum to begin the process of identifying the county’s most pressing health needs. Over 40 individuals representing a variety of community organizations attended the forum and provided their input on the process.
This forum is the first of two that will help set the strategic priorities for a community-wide health improvement plan.
An e-survey will be sent out to all Healthy Pima members to capture information from those unable to attend the first forum. A second forum will also be held in November, so stay tuned for more details!