Siman Qaasim

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About Siman Qaasim

Siman Qaasim (she/her) is an experienced public health professional who heads health equity efforts at the Arizona Department of Health Services as the health equity administrator. She started her career in refugee health running a small community center to assist fellow Somalis adjust to life in America. After this, she spent 10 years at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, where she was the administrator for the Office of School Health and Wellness Initiatives and the Office of Health Promotion and Education. She then joined Children’s Action Alliance, a policy and advocacy organization focused on the wellbeing of Arizona's children, where she served as the director of health policy and later as CEO. She earned her bachelor's degree at Howard University in Washington and holds a master's degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

COVID-19 Boosters for Seniors: A new resource for those at greater risk of severe illness

By | January 19th, 2023|Preparedness|

It's important for everyone to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccination. But all evidence points to an even greater need for older Arizonans to get the lifesaving protection offered by the current bivalent booster, which targets Omicron. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, highly effective, widely available, and free. That's one reason why we've launched a [...]

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Collaborating to improve public health for everyone statewide

By | December 20th, 2022|General|

If you browse this website, one of the things you're certain to see is data. Lots of data. You'll not only see how many cases of influenza have been reported, but how many in each county. We even have the number of babies born each year (about 80,000). Like everything else we do at ADHS, [...]

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Need COVID-19 vaccination but can’t leave home? Programs will bring it to you

By | August 8th, 2022|Preparedness|

Being unable to leave your home shouldn’t be a barrier to getting vaccinated against COVID-19 or updating your protection through a booster dose thanks to programs offered by ADHS and others. Complementing programs offered by the Maricopa Department of Public Health and the Pima County Health Department, ADHS Office of Health Equity provides in-home vaccination [...]

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