Infographic: High Blood Pressure can Lead to a Heart Attack or Stroke

High blood pressure is a risk factor for a heart attack and stroke, which are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Learn more about what you can do to prevent cardiovascular disease by visiting our Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program website. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about preventing high blood pressure.


Bringing Primary Care to Rural and Underserved Arizona

By Michael Abbott PCP Shortage Graph

Getting enough primary care providers into rural and underserved areas is a challenge everywhere… and AZ is no exception. Each state needs to have coordinated and creative strategies to increase access to care through recruitment and retention of those health care professionals.

In Arizona, one of the strategies to facilitate recruitment and retention is by providing loan repayment incentives to primary care providers who commit to serve in the underserved areas of the State for a specific period of time. Through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse-midwives, dentists, dental hygienists, and mental health professionals serve in community-based systems of care within federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) in return for scholarship or loan repayment assistance.

Arizona also implements the Arizona Loan Repayment Program, which like the NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) provides loan repayment incentives to primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse-midwives and dentists in exchange for their service commitment in an underserved area located in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or Arizona Medically Underserved Areas (AzMUA).

To emphasize the importance of the primary care workforce and to celebrate Corps Community Day on October 9, 2014, the NHSC, ADHS’ Arizona Primary Care Office and community partners including the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers and the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health will celebrate, ”Partnering to Support Primary Care Career Choices” with the following events:

Please click the link to each event below (for more information or to register):

Please visit the website for more information about the National Health Service Corps or the Arizona Loan Repayment Program or contact Ana Roscetti, Workforce Section Manager at

Michael Abbott is a Program Projects Specialist for the Workforce Section in the ADHS Bureau of Health Systems Development. He can be reached at (602) 542-2904.

ABRC Video Blog: New Cancer Drug Development

Note: This is the first video blog in an ongoing series that will highlight projects funded by the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission.

In the video blog below, Dr. Joyce Schroeder, a professor of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona and researcher at the Arizona Cancer Center, discusses her work into developing a new drug to treat breast cancer. The cutting edge work is funded by the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission. Dr. Schroeder is also the Chief Science Officer at Arizona Cancer Therapeutics.

Cancer Control Office Chief Wins National Award


Virginia Warren

Virginia Warren, ADHS Cancer Control Office Chief, was awarded the 2014 Carol Friedman Award for Extraordinary Leadership and Exemplary Mentorship in Comprehensive Cancer Control during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Annual Meeting in Atlanta this month. The award is named for Dr. Carol Friedman, CDC’s first Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch Chief and a tireless advocate for the underserved.  Virginia was selected as this year’s award winner for her exemplary work within the Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the HealthCheck Programs. Additionally, her efforts in establishing and maintaining partnerships and collaborative opportunities in the community were key to her selection by the committee.  Virginia was nominated by Dr. Francisco Garcia, Director of the Pima County Health Department, and Sharlene Bozack of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.