Public Health Law Resources

By | July 13th, 2011|General|

Public health and the law are intertwined- and you can’t really be effective at developing public health policies and interventions without understanding how the law interfaces with public health.  We’re fortunate to have a fantastic local resource right here in Arizona.  The Public Health Law and Policy Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law [...]

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Health Homes Planning Grant Approved

By | April 5th, 2011|General|

Last week I wrote about how we and AHCCCS applied for a Health Homes Planning Grant from the US Dept. of Health & Human Services to improve the health status of folks with serious mental illnesses by improving case management, care coordination, health promotion, transitional care, individual and family support, referral to necessary services, and the [...]

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Community Health Center Expansion News

By | December 29th, 2010|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

The US Department of Health and Human Services is in line to receive $11 Billion in funding over the next 5 years for the operation, expansion and construction of health centers nationwide.  These funds will be made available through a nationwide competitive grant application process.  Our Bureau of Health Systems Development is the Arizona designated [...]

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New “Health Center Access Point” Grants

By | August 24th, 2010|General|

The HHS announced availability of the “Health Center New Access Point” Grants.  Up to $250M is available for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program.  A new access point is a new full-time service delivery site that provides comprehensive primary and preventive health care services. [...]

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Arizona’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Goes Live

By | August 6th, 2010|Behavioral Health, General|

Some of the folks that we serve in our diverse mission have complicated medical conditions and may have had trouble in the past finding health insurance because of a pre-existing health problem.  The new federal healthcare reform law may be able to help some of these folks under the newly created “Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP)”…  [...]

Healthcare Reform Questions

By | July 23rd, 2010|General|

I know that many of you are getting questions from your stakeholders about healthcare reform.  The website that HHS posted recently  should help,  as it provides the latest information on the health care reform law.  It’s seems to mainly be focused on consumer awareness etc.  For example, the website provides information about the new option [...]

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Community Health Data Initiative

By | June 22nd, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

Earlier this month, the US Department of Health & Human Services announced a new public-private effort that aims to help Americans understand health and health care performance in their communities and to help spark and facilitate action to improve performance.  It’s called the Community Health Data Initiative l.  The goals are to provide Community Health [...]