Medical Match-maker, make me a Match!

After 4 long years of blood, sweat and (for some) tears, thousands of graduating medical students will be matched with residency programs today, March 15th, Match Day. These assignments, typically starting in July, will further their medical training for the next three to five years, which is as intense as the match process itself. Graduating medical students are put through extensive interviews with potential programs … Continue reading Medical Match-maker, make me a Match!

Science Matters: Evidence—Not Myths—Should Rule Addiction Treatment

Science should be the main element in addiction treatment, yet myths and misinformation continue to run rampant among patients, loved ones, and those who are trying to help. Non-scientific programs and philosophies sometimes help people beat addiction, but science needs to be our guide and should be the most important influence. One of the struggles I have as an addiction psychiatrist is dealing with the … Continue reading Science Matters: Evidence—Not Myths—Should Rule Addiction Treatment

Reducing Maternal Mortality

An Arizona bill aimed at preventing maternal deaths is part of a national discussion focused maternal mortality. Below are insights from  Will Humble, Executive Director of the Arizona Public Health Association and current AzHHA board member. His focus is on leveraging state policy to help reduce maternal mortality. Once you’ve had a chance to read it, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Working together with our partners … Continue reading Reducing Maternal Mortality

Arizona Senate Passes Proposal to Combat State Physician Shortage

The Arizona State Senate has passed with bipartisan support legislation to help combat Arizona’s physician shortage. Arizona’s physician shortage is one of the worst in the nation. The state ranks 44th of 50 states in primary care physicians. The problem is worse in rural parts of the state.  More than 95% of Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma county residents live in a federally designated Health … Continue reading Arizona Senate Passes Proposal to Combat State Physician Shortage

Patient Safety Awareness Week is Approaching

If you work in healthcare, you probably know that March 10-16th is Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual recognition event intended to encourage everyone to learn more about healthcare safety. If you don’t work in healthcare, you should still care about patient safety because we all interact with the system at some point. AzHHA holds safety as one of our top public health concerns – … Continue reading Patient Safety Awareness Week is Approaching

Rural Healthcare: Taking a Step in the Right Direction

Earlier this month, rural health leaders convened in Phoenix for the annual American Hospital Association’s Rural Health Care Leadership. Many AzHHA members were in attendance and benefited from the opportunity to network with peers and hear the latest regarding health and healthcare in rural communities. This conference content included a report outlining the persistent, recent and emerging challenges threatening rural hospitals’ ability to continue to … Continue reading Rural Healthcare: Taking a Step in the Right Direction

4 Healthcare Startups to Watch

Health Catalyst has earned its reputation for developing cloud-based analytics software, but it recently made news for recently raising another $100 million in funding according to Forbes. That pushed the company over $1 billion in valuation, making it the latest healthcare “unicorn” — a term the investment community uses for companies that surpass this financial threshold. As a recent New York Times report notes, the … Continue reading 4 Healthcare Startups to Watch