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

Healthy South Tucson 7th Annual Health & Resource Fair

The City of South Tucson’s annual Healthy South Tucson Health and Resource Fair is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 14th. Last year’s event was an overwhelming success and brought more than 3,000 people together throughout the South Tucson community to learn more about and engage in enhancing individual and family lifestyles. Healthy South Tucson, in partnership with the Oyegbola Wellness Festival, would like to extend an invitation to your organization and welcome your participation in our event.

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: House of Neighborly Service, 243 W. 33rd Street. (Event Map)

If you are interested in hosting a booth at this event AT NO COST, please contact: Maria at mcardenas@Primavera.org


Community News

TPD Receives National Recognition for Mental Health Collaboration

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) has been named a National Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Site by the United States Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Assistance) in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Police Foundation. As a learning site, TPD will assist other law enforcement agencies across the country in program development and implementation focused on improving positive outcomes for law enforcement, people struggling with mental illness, family, and community members.

Among program elements earning the honor are Mental Health Support Teams, Crisis Line/Mobile Crisis Teams and Co-Responder Teams, Crisis Response Center, Courts, and Continuum of Training. TPD is one of four new agencies selected through a competitive process to join six existing learning sites.

Read more at: City of Tucson News Release and TPD Facebook Page