Event Photos: Car Seat Exchange

On July 15 we held an event with Rural/Metro and Southwest Ambulance to transport car seats as part of our car safety seat donation program to the Rio Rico Fire Department. More than 140 gently used car seats have been collected so far for families in Mexico. To learn more about the program and how you can keep your kids safe, visit A Safe Ride Home. Take a look at the photos from the event.








Arizona WIC Program Awarded $5 Million for EBT

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The Arizona Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) is moving from paper checks to an electronic system thanks to a $5 million ($5,046,894) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC electronic benefit transfer (EBT) will provide enhanced service and benefits to participants, clinic staff, and WIC vendors (grocery stores authorized to accept Arizona WIC benefits). Using a card in the stores may also reduce any stigma or concern a participant has from using WIC checks while shopping. Stores in Arizona that provide WIC services sell about $150 million in healthy foods to WIC participants each year.

WIC EBT will impact four major groups:

  • Arizona WIC Participants which include low income women, infants and children;
  • Arizona WIC Authorized vendors including independent grocers, as well as major chain grocers and pharmacies;
  • Arizona WIC local agencies and clinics including county health departments, community health centers and tribes; and
  • The State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity – Arizona WIC Program.

“Moving to EBT will allow WIC moms to more easily buy all of the healthy foods for their family that WIC provides each month. EBT will make the shopping experience for WIC moms and vendors simpler and easier,” said Karen Sell, Bureau Chief for Nutrition and Physical Activity. “There will be cost savings for the WIC vendors allowing more to participate and provide healthy foods in communities throughout Arizona.”

The work on the EBT project includes collaboration with the Arizona WIC Program; the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., WIC Program; and the Navajo Nation WIC Program to allow streamlined systems for WIC Vendors serving participants of all three WIC Programs.

WIC is a national nutrition and breastfeeding program that serves low income women, infants, and children and provides nutrition education, breastfeeding information and support, referrals to community services, and healthy foods. The Arizona WIC Program serves more than 160,000 women, infants, and children each month with services provided by 21 local agencies. There are three WIC state agencies in Arizona including the Arizona WIC Program, the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., WIC Program, and the Navajo Nation WIC Program.

The Arizona WIC Program is required to implement WIC EBT by October 2020 as mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The Arizona WIC Program plans to procure an EBT implementation contractor by winter 2014 and begin development of the EBT system. The Arizona WIC Program plans to pilot WIC EBT by spring 2016 and complete state-wide rollout by early 2017.

For more information, visit: www.azwic.gov.

Video Blog: AZ Hospital Compare

AZ Hospital Compare has great information about care at Arizona hospitals, the cost of procedures and comparison data that can help consumers make better healthcare choices. One of the ways is to find out which hospitals do certain procedures more often, especially rare ones like a bone marrow transplant. Doctors who do these types of procedures can often do them at more than one hospital and will ask a patient which they prefer. Our Hospital Data Manager walks you through finding which hospitals do more bone marrow transplants. Take a look at the video demo below.

Video Blog: Fit at Fifty HealthCheck Program

The Fit at Fifty HealthCheck program provides colorectal cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured people in Arizona. Our Cancer Control Office Chief, physicians who specialize in colorectal cancer, and survivors discuss the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer. Take a look at the video about the program below.

The CLAS Standards Online Training Is Going Live

The National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Standards (CLAS) in Health and Health Care are intended to advance health equity, improve quality and help eliminate health care disparities.  The CLAS Standards were launched initially in 2000 and enhanced in April 2013 with expansion of conceptualization of culture, audience, health and recipients.  In partnership with the Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity, the Arizona Health Disparities Center has just launched CLAS Standards online training  to bring the awareness of the CLAS Standards to people in the health and health care setting. This one-hour interactive training includes five modules, along with pre- and post-tests.  After completing and passing the post-test, participants are able to receive a certificate of completion.  Additionally, in partnership with the Northern AHEC, continuing education credits are available.  Please contact Nancy Dorobiala at Nancy.Dorobiala@azdhs.gov for registration and continuing education credits.