Behavioral Healthcare Critical to Arizona’s “Healthiest State” Mission

Here at AzHHA, our No. 1 focus is on making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation. While we’ve made significant strides, serious challenges remain. Among them is the need to find better and more sustainable ways of preventing, treating and managing behavioral healthcare needs of Arizonans. For decades, behavioral healthcare issues were thought of as “someone else’s problem” – confined to a select few in … Continue reading Behavioral Healthcare Critical to Arizona’s “Healthiest State” Mission

Understanding Everyday Stress and Mental Health

Today’s blog comes from, Gregory Jahn, President of St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center. St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center, a 124-bed behavioral health facility located on the campus of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, with an outpatient center in the East Valley. St. Luke’s has been serving the mental health and substance abuse needs of the community with a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient … Continue reading Understanding Everyday Stress and Mental Health

Medicare and End of Life Care

For the past several years, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Thoughtful Life Conversations (TLC) program has been working to do community outreach and education across the state about the importance of planning for end-of-life care. Another focus has been to provide education for healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, and social workers, on how to initiate serious illness conversations to determine their patients’ goals so they … Continue reading Medicare and End of Life Care

Reducing Maternal Mortality

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Will Humble, Executive Director of the Arizona Public Health Association and current AzHHA board member. The 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 to drive important conversations around the health issues facing the people of … Continue reading Reducing Maternal Mortality

AHCCS Complete Care

Arizona’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS, has awarded new contracts for integrated medical and behavioral health care, which will impact nearly 1.5 of AHCCCS’s 1.9 million members across the state. The new AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) contracts will begin on October 1, 2018 and AHCCCS estimates that nearly 300,000 AHCCCS members will be required to transition to a new health plan (also called a managed care organization or MCO) … Continue reading AHCCS Complete Care

Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September is Sickle Cell Awareness month. It’s a chance to bring attention to current treatments, potential cures and continue to raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “SCD is a genetic condition that is present at birth. It is inherited when a child receives two sickle cell genes—one from each parent.” SCD is a group … Continue reading Sickle Cell Awareness Month