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Welcome to the first edition of the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County (HIPMC) newsletter. We look forward to bringing you updates on work underway with our 2012-2017 Community Health Improvement Plan, as well as other initiatives going on in the greater community that are contributing to improved health outcomes related to Obesity, Diabetes, Lung Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Access to Care. Thanks for reading; please join us on Facebook for the most up-to-date news and information from the HIPMC!
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June 27, 2013
 Maricopa County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Combined Workgroup Meeting & Networking Event




Join us for an engaging half-day session on Thursday, June 27, 2013, to continue our work in addressing health priorities in the 2012-2017 Maricopa County Community Health Improvement Plan. Worksites, Education, Community and Healthcare workgroups will all come together to share objectives, welcome new partners, and continue action planning. 



Lunch Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Keith Lindor, Executive Vice Provost and Dean of Health Solutions at Arizona State University        

"Focusing on Health Rather Than Healthcare" 

Dr. Keith Lindor



CHIP Workgroup Updates

Following are highlights from some of the initiatives being worked on by MCDPH and community-based workgroups in the 2012-2017 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Workgroup participants will share updates and continue action planning on these objectives and more at the June 27th CHIP meeting. For more detailed reports and a full listing of CHIP objectives in each sector, please go to  



  • Increase number of existing comprehensive worksite wellness policies and number of employees actively engaged in wellness programs.
  • Identify and develop worksite wellness champions within Maricopa County and engage in Healthy Arizona Worksite Program. 


  • Identify and promote model school-based wellness practices.
  • Expansion of the Parent Ambassador Program, which trains parents/caregivers to advocate for school policies that affect their children's health as schools develop mandatory wellness plans.
  • Provide technical assistance and support for development of community and school gardens.


  • Implement an online, publicly-accessible centralized data system which houses specific, sortable Maricopa County health-related data.
  • Enhance provider referral systems for patients with chronic disease that promote health education, disease prevention, and wellness resources.
  • Mobilize a council of providers, parents, and caregivers of children and youth with special health care needs that will coordinate policy promotion efforts that affect this population.


  • Grow and promote, an online data source for community services for Maricopa County residents.
  • Increase number of multi-unit housing complexes to implement smoke-free environments. 
  • Incorporate healthy community design principles into general plans of Maricopa County municipalities.  

2012-2017 CHIP Fact Sheet (PDF)


2012-2017 CHIP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) 


Would your organization like to host the next Maricopa County Community Health Improvement Planning meeting in Sept./Oct. 2013? Space would need to accommodate approx. 100 participants, with several smaller rooms for workgroup breakouts. Contact us at for more information.
HIPMC Partner Spotlight
Following is a discussion with Melanie Mitros, PhD,
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Melanie Mitros
Executive Director, and Jenna Burke, online administrator, of the Arizona Living Well Institute, a HIPMC partner.
What are the mission and services of the Arizona Living Well Institute (AZLWI)?
The mission of AZLWI is to advance evidence-based chronic disease self-management programs for Arizona communities through structured communication, multi-level coordination and facilitator coaching. As part of the health education and wellness programs at Empowerment Systems, Inc., we are committed to developing partnerships with like-minded organizations to contribute to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities across Arizona.
How do collaborative partnerships help advance public health goals for the larger community?
To successfully deliver evidence-based health promotion programs throughout Arizona, we practice true collaboration and partnership with community-based organizations, healthcare systems, community health centers, senior centers, tribal and minority leaders, parks and recreation centers, employers, and providers. It takes everyone-- volunteers, staff, and providers--within these organizations to spread the word about the benefits of Healthy Living.


How is your organization participating in the

Jenna Burke
Jenna Burke

HIPMC? We are most actively involved in the Community and Healthcare clouds. We are particularly excited about work underway to take a closer look at existing patient referral systems for those suffering from chronic health conditions within Maricopa County. We want to identify opportunities to strengthen linkages to care and services, including broader wellness resources.


For more information, visit


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A Closer Look: Healthy Arizona Worksites Program

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) have partnered with the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) to offer the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP) to Arizona employers.


The HAWP was created to address the increasing costs related to employee health that businesses face and to help employers take advantage of the opportunities offered through the new federal legislation. Through on-site and web-based training, HAWP provides tools, information, technical assistance, and resources to design, implement, and evaluate healthy worksite initiatives throughout Arizona. There is no cost to Arizona employers to participate in HAWP. For more information, visit 

Public Health ROI: Maricopa County Community College District Tobacco-Free Policy
On July 1, 2012, a tobacco free campus policy went into effect for campuses and district properties foROIr all  ten community colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). This policy, affecting more than 265,000 students and over 9,600 employees, prohibits use of tobacco products (smoked and/or smokeless varieties) and e-cigarettes on all district properties at all times.


As a result of Maricopa County Department of Public Health's (MCDPH) $325,000 investment in policy work at MCCCD through its tobacco advocacy initiative IGNITE, an estimated 7,200 MCCCD students or staff are anticipated to quit as a result of the first year of policy implementation.


Given an estimate of $3000 in tobacco-related costs per smoker per year, the policy can save an average of $20 million in public costs per year, an average yearly return on investment (ROI) of $62 for every dollar invested. Over the lifetime of this cohort, nearly $1 billion is estimated to be saved, ultimately resulting in a return on investment of $3000 for every dollar invested.


Additional savings will continue to accumulate as the years go by and new classes of students enroll. Amidst budget crises and consistent pressures for public health funds to deliver results, IGNITE has shown how partnerships and public health policy can be used to maximize the impact of public health dollars and reach far into the future.


Read more about MCCCD BreatheEasy 

Policy & Legislative Updates
Following is a brief recap of public health related bills passed in the recent Arizona legislative session and signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer. 

HB2042 allows school nurses to train volunteer diabetes care assistants. These assistants are then permitted to assist in and administer diabetes treatment (e.g., glucagon or insulin) to students in emergency situations. By qualifying more volunteers to administer such care, schools gain the ability to reduce complications related to diabetes.   

adds the chemical makeup of synthetic cannabinoids and bath salts to the state's definition of dangerous drugs. Synthetic cannabinoids, more commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana or "spice," have been linked to increased incidence of acute kidney infection among users, while bath salts elicit similar complications to those observed during the use of methamphetamines and cocaine.   The passing of this law underscores the hazards of using such drugs and serves to build awareness of an emerging and dangerous trend.  


HB2430 allows local health departments to enter into contracts with private health insurers to receive reimbursement for required school immunizations.  


SB1353 requires insurers to reimburse services provided through telemedicine in rural areas, if those services would be covered had they been provided in-person. The law also states that these telemedicine services must be reimbursed at the same rate as in-person services. By passing SB1353, residents of distant and rural communities who may have had to travel for hours to receive specialized care will gain nearby access to high quality health care.


At the time of publication, SB1492, which would extend Medicaid coverage to as many as 360,000 Arizonans, was undergoing consideration by the Arizona House of Representatives. Click here for latest updates  


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News and Announcements
REGISTER NOW: MCDPH Offers Affordable Care Act Webinars in June 

In partnership with The Arizona Department of Health Services, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has just concluded a research study on the effects of, and opportunities offered public health, by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Community partners from across Arizona are invited to learn about these results through a series of four one-hour webinars.Two webinars will be conducted June 25th specifically addressing the impact of the ACA on healthcare and on the community at large. Two additional webinars will be  conducted on June 26th addressing the  ACA's impact on worksites and schools. 


If you are interested in attending one or all of the webinars and/or receiving more info on the ACA as it relates to Arizona, please complete the brief survey link below by June 14th. Upon completing the survey, you will receive information about how to sign up for the webinar.  The webinars will be recorded and made available for later viewing. For more information, email Jeanene Fowler at


Click here for ACA Survey and Webinar Registration

Save Our Parks, Promote Health
Comprised of individuals representing the fields of health, planning, education, and community development, the Save Our Parks Committee of Phoenix (SOP) partnered with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) to develop a policy which outlines a comprehensive community notification and input process prior to the sale of park land. In early May, 2013, after nine months of research, drafting, and editing, the policy was placed on the PRD Board's agenda and was unanimously approved. The Park's Board expressed overwhelming gratitude to SOP for identifying the need to protect urban parks, including the public in all decisions, and following through with a solid policy. Read more
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MCDPH Lauded for Use of The Community Guide
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Office of Performance Improvement, took First Place in the 2013 "I'm Your Community Guide!" contest by the Public Foundation for its use of The Community Guide to enhance the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) throughout MCDPH. Specifically, MCDPH used The Community Guide to develop a database of 800 itemized public health-related EBPs. MCDPH also used The Community Guide to develop the Maricopa County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), a five-year community-wide action plan for addressing priority health issues in Maricopa County. Plans are underway to incorporate this database into an online evidence-based toolkit available for the department and community use.
2011 Maricopa County Health Status Reports Available
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has published its 2011 Health Status Reports.  The series of three reports contains information on population, births, communicable diseases, hospitalizations, and deaths for Maricopa County residents in 2011.  The countywide report contains information by sex, race/ethnicity, and age with comparisons to Arizona and the nation.  The Five-Year Trend report contains information for 2011 compared to 2007-2010.  The Cities and Towns report has information for Maricopa County cities and towns with a population greater than 1,000 according to the 2010 Census. 
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Urban American Indian Parenting Project (UAIP) Seeks Assistance
The Urban American Indian Parenting (UAIP) Project is seeking parents of Native American youth ages 10-17 in

Maricopa County. One of the objectives of the UAIP Project is to create and test a culturally grounded parenting intervention for urban American Indian families to help prevent children from engaging in substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors. The parents participate in workshops that help them build strategies for their families to prevent their youth's involvement in risky behaviors. By participating in workshops and helping the Phoenix Indian Center assess the curriculum developed in partnership with Arizona State University, parents receive up to $150. Contact Taloa Hood at or (602) 264-6768 ext. 2302.

Arizona Schools Awarded 2013-2014 Grants for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Arizona Department of Education recently announced the grant award recipients for the USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for school year 2013-2014.  Grant selections were given to elementary schools with the highest percentage of low-income students to the maximum extent practicable. Arizona received approximately $3.31 million from USDA to distribute to the grant recipients.


The FFVP provides funding to Arizona schools for the purpose of providing a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to their students during the school day. The goals of the FFVP are to create healthier school environments by providing better food choices and to make a difference in children's diets to impact their present and future health. This includes expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables that students experience, while increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption.


To see the list of awarded schools, please visit the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program webpage at: 

Dignity Health Community Grants "Communities of Care"
Application Open

Through its Community Grants Program, Dignity Health seeks to partner with other non-profits who are working to improve the health status and quality of the communites we serve and embody Dignity's core values.


In an effort to improve the community's access to care and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors, Dignity Health seeks to collaborate with organizations that will come together to form "Communities of Care" that will address unmet health and safety needs, clinical and community preventive services, eliminate health disparities, and empower people to make healthy lifestyle decisions.  


For more information on specific "Communities of Care" grant guidelines, email  


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Professional Development
WEBINAR: Implementing Equity in Health in All Policies & Health Impact Assessments: From Concept to Action
Date: Wed, Jun 19, 2013

Time: 9:30-11 AM PT

Host(s): PolicyLink and NAACHO 

Webinar Details and registration  


Expanding Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Practice in Arizona

Date: Thurs., June 13, 2013

Time: 1-5 PM

Where: Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central, Ave., Phoenix

What: Learn about the HIA process and identify opportunities for conducting HIAs in your community. Free.
Click here to register  


14th Annual Summer Institute - Change the Conversation: Maximizing Opportunities in the Emerging Healthcare Landscape

ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy 

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:30 PM -
Friday, July 19, 2013 12:00 PM

Where: Hilton Resort and Spa, Sedona, AZ 

Click here to register   


First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2013
Building Strong Systems

Date: August 26 and 27, 2013
Where: Phoenix Convention Center

Click here to register 

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