Health

Arizona’s lack of mental health care providers comes into focus as COVID-19 increases depression, anxiety

Arizona has one of the biggest shortages of mental health care providers in the U.S., and that’s prompting some groups to find ways to help people through problems related to COVID.


Hopi leader: Congress must act to save ‘life changing’ diabetes program

WASHINGTON - A "life-changing" diabetes program for Native Americans will expire Dec. 11 if Congress doesn't take action, a move that Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma said it is "critical" for tribes across the nation, including his.


Navajo drives unite two goals: COVID-19 relief and upping census participation

The Navajo Nation is holding relief drives across the reservation to gather COVID relief supplies and signing residents up for the census.


Heat, smoke, pandemic: Dangers multiply for farmworkers in 2020

LOS ANGELES – The race to deliver fresh foods during peak harvest season means farmworkers are facing the threats of climate change acceleration and COVID-19.


‘A lot of differences’: Experts address health disparities among Asian American subgroups

Health disparities in Asian Americans too often are overlooked because research and data consider this demographic to be a monolith. But experts note how disparities come into focus when examined by country of origin.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Ducey says state will remain open, prepare for fall

Ducey attributed an expected rise in cases to better testing, while the Navajo Nation locks down to prevent an outbreak and student mental health raises concerns across the Grand Canyon State.


‘Very real’: Mental health issues spike in high school athletes due to lack of sports, study shows

PHOENIX - The continuous uncertainty of the pandemic has brought along an increase in anxiety and depression among high school athletes.


COVID-19 not top health concern of voters in Arizona, other battlegrounds

WASHINGTON - COVID-19 may be getting the headlines but it's not the top health care issue on the minds of voters in a number of battleground states, including Arizona, according to a poll released Thursday.


Census: Number of Arizonans without health insurance rose again in 2019

WASHINGTON - The number of Arizonans without health insurance jumped to more than 800,000 last year, the third consecutive year of increases for the state, the Census Bureau said. And experts say the number will likely get worse this year because of COVID-19 .


‘Baby-Friendly’ hospitals tackle health disparities by encouraging Native mothers to breastfeed

A hospital on the Fort Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona is one of several overseen by the Indian Health Service that aims to encourage more Native American women to breastfeed.


Pac-12 must satisfy six states before kicking off football season

PHOENIX – The Pac-12 Conference has a puzzle to solve before returning to sports action with its schools spread across six states, each with varying state health requirements that must be met.


‘That was my identity’: COVID-19 pandemic costing stadium workers their jobs

PHOENIX – When the COVID-19 pandemic halted sports, those who work at stadiums and depend on the games to make their living were sidelined right along with those who played them.