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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:

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

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.


New Data Report

Place Matters: Access to Food and Health

In Arizona, two main problems – food insecurity and communities with inadequate food retail options- contribute to lack of food access. More than 1 in 10 Arizonans is food insecure, meaning they lack constant, dependable access to enough food for healthy living. In addition, this problem is exacerbated by the fact that many of the communities facing food insecurity are in areas that lack easy access to grocery stores, farmers markets, and other places they might be able to purchase healthy food.

Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities just launched their “Place Matters” series. In these papers, they identify successful evidence-based practices for improving health outcomes and examine the connections between food access and health.

To read the entire report, download "Place Matters: Access to Food and Health"  here.


Featured Event

Decriminalizing Mental Illness Film Screening

Pima County, in collaboration with local sponsors, is hosting a film screening related to the issues faced by individuals with mental health challenges in the criminal justice system. A panel discussion with consumers and experts will explore efforts being developed to better address the underlying needs of the community. Films (>60 mins. each) include:

Date:  Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: The Loft, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85716

Cost: FREE and food trucks will be onsite


Community News

Arizona Launches the Nation’s First Opioid Hotline

Arizona has launched one of the nation’s first 24/7 hotlines providing free, real-time consultations for clinicians with complex patients with pain and opioid use disorders.  The first-of-its-kind hotline is staffed by medical experts at the Poison and Drug Information Centers in Arizona.  The new service can assist providers with the management of:

  • Patients taking high numbers of morphine milligram equivalents (MME)
  • Patients that require an exit strategy from their current opioid regimen (including tapering)
  • New patients on multiple controlled substances
  • Challenging patients with pain and mental health/substance use comorbidities
  • Patients with acute opioid overdose or toxicity
  • Patients with acute opioid or benzodiazepine withdrawal
  • Patients that require MAT (medication assisted treatment)
  • Patients that require local referrals to behavioral health or substance use disorder treatment

Consultations provide tailored, evidence-based, real-time and follow-up services: 1-888-688-4222