A new report highlights several key issues that are affecting the health of the people of Pima County. The Pima County Community Health Needs Assessment found four major areas of concern that need to be addressed:
- Anxiety and depression,
- Substance abuse,
- Diabetes, and
- Injuries and accidents.
Two consistent factors are affecting those four areas — poverty and access to health care — says the report, which was released Thursday by the local health community at the Pima County Health Department. Inadequate access to primary care, mental health and dental providers has “overarching implications” on personal health, the report says.
The Immediate Past-Chair of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Board of Directors, Judy Rich, is quoted in the article on the challenges of finding solutions to Pima’s health problems.
“Doing an assessment is a lot easier than fixing the problems,” said Judy Rich, chief executive officer of Tucson Medical Center, which is Tucson’s largest hospital.
According to Tucson News Now, the year long study found several bright spots including “Pima County is doing better than the rest of the state in areas such as physical activity, cancer screenings and vaccinations.” Click here or on the picture below to watch a video report of the story.
As for what comes next, KVOA.com reports that officials will start by addressing one of the four areas of concern.
“This year we don’t know what exactly, which one of the four areas we’ll select, but we will select something jointly and develop an implementation plan,” said Director of the Pima County Health Department Francisco Garcia.
Share your thoughts on how we might come together to help drive real change in Pima County…..and elsewhere in our state. These are the types of challenges we need to face head-on to reach our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!