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Arizona Public Health Association Announces 2016 Award Nominations

The Arizona Public Health Association proudly presents the 2016 award nominations categories, encouraging health and wellness for all Arizonans. 

LLOYD E. BURTON SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

This award is intended for students: Bachelor, Master, and PhD level students are encouraged to apply. Nominees must have an interest in the area of improving public health. If you know a student who has a strong interest in public health and could benefit from a $500 scholarship award, click this link to review requirements or to nominate someone.

CELE COHEN NURSING AWARD

The Cele Cohen Award was established for the purpose of recognizing the contributions of Cecelia Cohen to public health nursing. This award is to recognize a public/community health nurse within Arizona that has made an outstanding contribution to public/community health. To find out more about the requirements and to nominate someone, please click here.

ELSIE EYER COMMITMENT TO UNDER-SERVED PEOPLE (CUP) AWARD

This award is meant to honor persons or entities that have demonstrated a sustained effort in assuring the delivery of health services to under-served populations in Arizona. For requirements and nominations, please follow this link.

HAROLD B. WOODWARD AWARD

This award is given for work done for the advancement or betterment of the Arizona Public Health Association. Hard work, dedication, or any other contribution to the Association will be the guideline for the selection. For details and to nominate someone, please click here.

HEALTH EDUCATION MEDIA MAKING YEARLY (HEMMY) AWARDS

Any health education or patient education material produced in Arizona by an Arizona resident(s) during August 2014 - August 2015 is eligible for a HEMMY award. For more requirements and information, as well as to nominate someone for this award, please click here.

SENATOR ANDY NICHOLS HONOR AWARD

This award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to public health policy. The award is named after the late Senator Andy Nichols, an advocate for good public health policy. For requirements and nominations, please follow this link.

Award nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2016!

Award winners will be recognized at our Annual Awards Dinner on the evening of September 30th following the AzPHA Fall Conference at Desert Willow Conference Center.

Amistades selected for funding for Familia Adelante Multi-Risk Prevention Program

Amistades, Inc. was selected for funding from the Parent’s Commission on Drug Education and Prevention Grant Program for the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. This means Amistades will be implementing the Familia Adelante Multi-Risk Prevention Program (a SAMHSA promising evidence-based curriculum) for Latino youth and families in the Sunnyside community, at the Apollo Community School located in the Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD). The Familia Adelante Multi-Risk Prevention Program will target at-risk Latino youth 10-14 years old who are academically challenged and manifesting behavioral health problems through risky behavior. The program will begin on July 1, 2016.

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Orlando, Florida's Latino LGBTQ community

Article from the National Latino Behavioral Health Association
Submitted by Antonio “Tonio” Gonzales Ogas, M.A.
NLBHA Summer Fellow
MSW Student at New Mexico Highlands University
Edited by Fredrick Sandoval, MPA, Executive Director

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016, a gunman would walk into a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida and open fire on its patrons. It was Latin Night at the Pulse Nightclub, a popular gay-owned business which has thrived in the Central Florida region for many years and was now the latest target of what has become an epidemic of mass shootings in the United States.

If you visit their website, www.pulseorlandoclub.com, you’ll read the following: “On 6.12.16, our Orlando community was changed forever. We grieve with the victims, their families and our Pulse family, and we thank you all for the outpouring of support and love that is helping us through this tragic time.”

With over 300 patrons in the bar, 49 individuals were murdered that morning, 32 of which, were Hispanic or Latino. Another 50+ individuals were seriously injured. The numbers of those affected, both in the short-and-long-term, will never be known. The effects of this attack on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community created a wave of worldwide attention that has augmented a movement even larger than that of marriage equality. We are no longer just fighting for equality … we are now fighting for our lives.

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Provider Payment and Provider Credentialing Requirements

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Superintendent of Insurance (Superintendent), New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI), upon the Superintendent’s own motion, and proceeding pursuant to the New Mexico Insurance Code, 1978 NMSA Section 59A-1- 1, et seq. (Insurance Code), proposes to promulgate new rules pertaining to provider payment and provider credentialing, to be codified in the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) at Section 13.10.28 (PROVIDER PAYMENT AND PROVIDER CREDENTIALING).

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Blueprint: Call to Action

The Southwest Regional Health Equity Council launched the Blueprint: Call to Action on April 7th, 2016. The Blueprint includes a compilation of regional data addressing health outcomes and burdens along with data from select social, behavioral and environmental determinants of health that also affect health equity. The Blueprint presented the top health disparities affecting communities of color, including adult obesity, adult diabetes, heart disease, infant mortality and influenza vaccinations. View the SWRHECs Blueprint: Call to Action to explore current and emerging trends in Region VI. Please click on the Blueprint Press Release and Blueprint for Action to learn more.