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Arizona Rural & Public Health Policy Forum - Feb. 4, 2020

Arizona State Capitol | 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona

Registration is Now Open!

The decisions of law makers have a profound effect on the health of rural Arizonans. Recognizing the key role public policy plays in health, the AzCRH sponsors the annual Arizona Rural and Public Health Policy Forum at the state capitol in Phoenix. 

Each year the Forum focuses on the issues of the day that are affecting the health of rural Arizonans. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

ATTENDEES: Policymakers, county health administrators, state, local and community leaders, health care providers and others. 

CONTACT:  Rebecca Ruiz  |  520.626.2243  |

The Forum is presented by the Center for Rural Health in collaboration with the Arizona Rural Health Association.

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AzCRH Webinar - December 19

Please join us for our next webinar on Dec. 19 at 12 noon: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Arizona With AmeriCorps with presenter Andrew Facemire, a Program Coordinator at the Civic Service Institute at Northern Arizona University where he oversees the Alternatives to Managing Pain (AMP) AmeriCorps program and assists as a trainer for the Service Enterprise Institute.

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Open Enrollment Ends December 15!

The 2019 Open Enrollment Period on ends on Saturday, December 15, 2018. If you don't act by December 15, you can't get 2019 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2019.
» AzCRH has certified assisters who can help: visit

Nov 20, 2019  :  Governor Ducey Proclaims Nov. 21 Arizona Rural Health Day
Nov 13, 2019  :  Arizona Center for Rural Health Receives National Award of Excellence
Nov 13, 2019  :  Hometown health care providers know importance of National Rural Health Day
Nov 13, 2019  :  ‘In this for the long haul’: How a labor organizer’s daughter became a force for rural health care
Oct 16, 2019  :  Improving the health of 'invisible' farmworkers is a community effort in Willcox 
Oct 10, 2019  :  AzFlex Program Receives $3.5 million grant from HRSA
Oct 02, 2019  :  Bike Ajo Program is Model for Rural Communities
Sep 18, 2019  :  Rural counties seek state, federal help to prepare for apocalypse

Dec 14 2019 : Amado Community Alliance Yard Sale
Dec 19 2019 : AzCRH Webinar: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Arizona With AmeriCorps
Jan 21 2020 : Billing and Coding Course for Critical Access Hospitals
Jan 22 2020 : Arizona Base Hospital Workshop
Jan 24 2020 : Trauma Managers Group Quarterly meeting
Jan 27 2020 : Arizona Telemedicine Program - Developing a Telemedicine Program (Phoenix & Tucson)
Jan 29 2020 : Arizona’s Drug Epidemic: Understanding a Pharmacist’s Roles and Responsibilities
Feb 2 2020 : AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference
Feb 4 2020 : Arizona Rural & Public Health Policy Forum
Feb 10 2020 : 2020 Annual Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers Conference

DOJ Assistance for Rural Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – January 27.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will make 50 awards of up to $750,000 each for collaborative projects designed to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities.
DOJ Grants to Address Violence Against Women/Children in Underserved Populations – February 12.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will make 10 awards of up to $450,000 each to help communities develop and implement outreach strategies for victims.  Special consideration will be given to projects that address the specific challenges that rural communities face.  In a separate but related program, the DOJ will make 20 awards of up to $300,000 each for Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, also due on February 12.
ACF Chronic Pain and Disease Self-Management for Older Adults – January 29.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will make seven awards of up to $300,000 each for development of a results-based, comprehensive strategy for addressing behavioral health and/or chronic pain among older adults and adults with disabilities.
ACL Empowering Communities to Reduce Falls and Falls Risk – January 31.  The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will make seven awards of up to $300,000 each to help communities reduce falls and/or falls risk among older adults and adults with disabilities. An emphasis is on projects that will target specific populations, such as rural communities, underserved areas, veterans, caregivers, or Tribal elders.

HIVAIDS in Rural America. The recent CDC report, HIV Incidence: Estimated Annual Infections in the U.S., 2010-2016, estimates that the decrease in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections has plateaued because effective HIV prevention and treatment are not adequately reaching individuals with the highest need for these services; such as those in rural areas.  This hour-long webinar presented by the Rural Health Information Hub last month provides an overview of the "Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America" initiative, discusses the distribution of HRSA-funded Ryan White HIV/AIDS medical providers in rural areas of the U.S., and highlights the work of a current Ryan White recipient working in rural Alabama.

Ready, Set, PrEP to Prevent HIV.  On December 3, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a national program that makes medications that can prevent HIV available at no cost to people without prescription drug insurance coverage.  Taken daily, the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) reduces the risk of contracting the HIV virus.  Raising awareness to risk and prevention is part of the National Plan for Ending the HIV Epidemic.  See the Events and Resource of the Week sections below for opportunities to learn about HIV/AIDS in rural areas of the country, and watch this space throughout the month for more resources and information. 

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