Workforce: Community Health Workers in Action
Funding from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to the Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC) has made it possible for the Arizona Community Health Worker Workforce Coalition to move forward in the following areas: 1) Identifying Medicaid funding options for community health workers (CHWs), in collaboration with Community Resources, LLC; 2) Working on the legislative process to ensure CHW sustainability in Arizona; 3) Disseminating a provider survey addressing CHW utilization in different areas of health and human services; and 4) Developing CHW certification recommendations for ADHS, in collaboration the South East Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) and AzCHOW.
The Coalition's overall message is the following:
“The Arizona Community Health Worker Workforce Coalition supports voluntary certification to standardize the competencies and scope of practice and establish professional recognition and career development for CHWs. A standardized CHW workforce will benefit the health care system by ensuring the positive health outcomes associated with CHW services.”
Promotoras/CHWs are also key to outreach for enrollment for health insurance. Pictured here, a promotora works to enroll a community member for health services.
Binational Collaboration for Healthy Communities
The Binational Collaboration for Healthy Communities in the Arizona-Sonora Border met in November 2017 to provide a venue for students and researchers working to address health issues in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region to share their research and internship projects, and support for future research ideas and collaborative projects. The Collaboration consists of academic institutions from Arizona and Sonora, including University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in the Colleges of Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, ASU, la Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM), la Universidad Kino (UniKino), el Colegio de Sonora (COLSON) and el Centro de Investigacion en Alimento y Desarrollo (CIAD), among others. The group addresses issues such as Energy Poverty, teen pregnancy, environmental quality, pesticide exposure and safety, interprofessional learning opportunities, and many more. Jill Guernsey de Zapien, of the College of Public Health, is the lead for the Collaboration. Pictured here, James Romine shares the Kidenga App project with the group. Kidenga is a free smartphone app for Android and iOS that allows users to report mosquito activity and symptoms of illness and helps to detect outbreaks. Click here to learn more about Kidenga.
Urban Service Learning in Phoenix, Winter 2016-2017
During January 3-9, 2017, students in the Phoenix Program participated in the winter Phoenix Urban Service Learning course. The course leaders were Kim Barnes, Janet Foote, and DrPH student Omar Contreras (who was also a student in the course). Pictured above, students assisted with packing emergency food boxes with a number of other community members. Other highlights of the week included assisting St. Vincent de Paul with organizing the homeless clothing closet, prepping sack lunches, serving families during the family evening meal, and engaging children in the community through tutoring and educational games in the magnificent Dream Center. Kim Barnes observed that "It was amazing to see how many ways this agency serves the community." The students also visited Orangewood Church in the heart of a very high needs community. Beginning with a community needs assessment 6-7 years ago, this church has embarked on a mission to serve the needs of the entire community, not just their members, through the development of the LifeBridge Community Alliance. We were able to assist organizing their community clothing closet as well, ensuring community members had access to free clothing in good repair. Additional agency partners for the week included the Helen Drake Senior Center, Greater Valley Area Health Education Center, and Maricopa County Health Care for the Homeless Campus.
TB, Diabetes and Access to Care at the Border
In September 2016, Eyal Oren and Erika Barrett took a group of volunteers to Winchester Heights in Cochise County, Arizona to conduct latent tuberculosis and diabetes screening. The pop-up clinic was made possible by collaborations with the Cochise County Health Department, Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers’ Network, students from the University of Arizona College of Public Health, and students from the DO program at Midwestern University. Volunteers helped screen 26 farmworkers for latent tuberculosis infection, and provided linkage to continuing care through MCN for 25 participants. This screening is part of a larger project in conjunction with the Universidad de Monterrey working to screen local farmworkers and connect individuals to care. Click here to learn more about the project.
Access to Health Care: Project SHARE (Students Helping Az Register Everyone)
Project SHARE (Students Helping Arizona Register Everyone) and the Arizona Center for Rural Health (CRH)attended the White House Healthy Campus Challenge winners event on January 13, and met First Lady Michelle Obama. SHARE helps educate about and enroll Arizonans in health insurance coverage, from Medicaid to KidsCare and the health insurance Marketplace. Pictured from left to right: Alyssa Padilla, MPH, Arizona Center for Rural Health Special Projects Coordinator; Nicole Lorona, Navigator and Student Leader for SHARE (Students Helping Arizona Register Everyone), UROC-PREP Scholar, Public Health student at the UA; Kristie Canegallo, Former Assistant to President Obama and Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation, the White House; and Ariel Hayes, Navigator and Student Leader for SHARE, Public Health and Gender/Women’s Studies student at the UA. Click here to read more in the Center for Rural Health Newsletter, or visit the CRH website for the full story.
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Family Fitness
The Fifth Annual Tucson Marathon Family Fitness Festival was held Saturday, December 3 on the University of Arizona Mall, with 364 participants! This event is a collaboration of the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (CRCPHP), the Tucson Marathon, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. More than 80 volunteers also came to help out. Amphitheater Middle School won the Hoodoo Cup Challenge, for the third year in a row. To participate in the Hoodoo Cup Challenge, area schools must have at least ten runners signed up. The ten fastest times determine the winner. The winning school earns the perpetual (traveling) Hoodoo Cup, which stays with the school til the next year, when the school returns to defend its title! Click here for the CRCPHP Winter 2016 Newsletter.