Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County
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SEPT. 25, 2013 
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Have you joined "The Conversation" yet? Last month, we unveiled Let's Start a Conversation About Health...And Not Talk Just About Health Care, an engaging five-minute video that describes actions that many different people and organizations can take to promote healthy behaviors, support healthy environments, and advocate for policies to help make the "healthy choice, the easy choice." For more information on this project and how you can use it your organization to help start the conversation, email us at
Let's Start a Conversation 
5 min video: Let's Start a Conversation About Health and Not Talk Just About Health Care... 

Cover Arizona
With the recently passed Arizona Medicaid expansion and the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace scheduled to begin offering insurance plans on October 1st, there is much to learn about how to best help consumers find what they need to get health care coverage.

Looking for some help navigating these unchartered waters? Check out, a collaborative information and resource web site engaging more than 200 non-partisan, non-profit organizations and their partners throughout the state of Arizona. The site is designed for professionals and volunteers who will help consumers navigate the insurance marketplace. Learn more 

Kids Health Link
A coalition of Arizona community organizations that connects families to no-cost or low-cost healthcare recently launched KidsCare Summer Sign Up to spread the word about KidsCare and to assist families with the application process.

KidsCare Summer Sign Up targets families who may not know that KidsCare is open for new applications due to the the City of Phoenix Access to Care Ordinance. KidsCare covers uninsured children up to 18 years old in families earning up to $46,000 annually or sometimes even more. No matter how many children are in a household, KidsCare does not cost more than $70 a month - usually much less. For more information or assistance on the KidsCare application, contact Kids Health Link at 1-800-235-9678 or on their website at 



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Creating healthy, livable communities is a key priority identified in the 2012-2017 Maricopa County Community Health Improvement Plan. Health in Policy and Practice (HIP2) is a collaborative effort encompassing professionals from the fields of community planning, community health, land use, conservation, transportation and public policy to help empower organizations and communities to integrate healthy community design into decision-making. HIP2 is currently working on a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) project with Valley Metro to help inform the light rail extension that will connect to South Central Phoenix.  


What's a Health Impact Assessment (HIA)?   

Simply put, a HIA is a data-driven tool used to look at the potential health impacts of a policy, project, program or proposal. HIAs help shine a spotlight on specific health impacts and disparities, provide recommendations to shape public decisions, and engage stakeholders in the process. Visit the HIP2 new web site to learn more about HIAs and how to get involved at   



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The Maricopa County Parent Ambassador Program has teamed up with Bayless Healthcare Group and the Roosevelt School District's Community School to provide training to all interested parents in the Roosevelt School District.The training will take place in August and will offer sessions in both English and Spanish.  Register here.  

The goal of Parent Ambassadors is to educate parents about the link between health and the learning of their child and how the school system works. Parents attend a fun and interactive two-day training to gain these skills, and team up with other parents to create an action plan on how to help improve school health. To learn more, visit the new Parent Ambassadors web site at 

A new training program is available for business retailers and their employees who have been cited for violating Arizona law prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors.  The Arizona Retailer Tobacco Training (ARTT) is a free, informative program designed to help business retailers educate their employees about how to comply with state and federal laws that regulate youth access to tobacco.  Retailers and/or their employees can attend the training in lieu of paying the fine associated with their citation. Read more
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Volunteer with Public Health  
For the investment of a few hours, would you choose to help minimize the impact of a public health emergency on your family and local community?


Medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to shore up public health's ability to quickly and effectively respond to an event. Activities range from manning phones at a call center and staffing family reunification centers to helping dispense life-saving medications at official sites throughout the county...and much more! Full training is provided at no cost, and once completed your commitment can be as big or small as desired. Read more on how to VOLUNTEER.


Training and Events
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PHC Community Meeting 
Date: Sept. 19, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Maryvale Community Center, 4420 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix
What: Preventive Health Collaborative Community Meeting will spotlight September's National Childhood Obesity and Hispanic Heritage Month. Refreshments provided. 
Contact: Morgan Anderson, 

Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills for Professionals ASHLINE 

Date: Thurs., Oct. 10, 2013

Time: 9 a.m. - Noon

Where: Maricopa County Department of Public Health, 4041 N. Central Avenue, Ste. 1400, Phoenix

What: Learn how to conduct brief interventions with tobacco users, increase awareness of the health risks of tobacco use and availability of free treatment services and options. Free.

Information/Registration: or 480-201-4539. 

First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2013 
First Things First Building Strong Systems

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

 Click here to register  

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