Arizona providers confident abortions will continue despite court challenges
WASHINGTON - Arizona health care providers are confident they will be able to continue providing safe abortions, even as courts tangle over an order that could halt distribution of a key abortion medication.
Text ‘join’ to get COVID-19, health updates in rural Arizona
PHOENIX – The Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona sent texts about COVID-19 to 3,000 subscribers living in rural areas during the pandemic. Since then, the texts evolved to include other health-care issues for POC and other underserved communities.
Nosotros program helps identify liver disease with free fibroscans
TUCSON – The Nosotros Comprometidos a Su Salud public health program helps the Hispanic community in southern Arizona identify and combat health issues, including through free fibroscans that identify levels of liver disease.
Ken Koshio marks three years of hiking Piestewa Peak every day
PHOENIX – Every morning, for the past three years, Ken Koshio has hiked Piestewa Peak, the third-highest peak in Phoenix, and played music at the top. The three-year anniversary of his prayer hike was also the 20th anniversary of Lori Piestewa’s death. She is the first Native American woman to die in United States military combat.
State begins to shed thousands from Medicaid, push them to other care
WASHINGTON - Arizona started purging people from the pandemic-inflated Medicaid rolls this month, a process that could end up pushing more than 600,000 people off the plan, health officials and advocates said.
Donate Life Arizona advocates for organ donations at the Arizona Capitol
PHOENIX – Donate Life Arizona brought together legislators and families of both organ donors and recipients at the Arizona Capitol to celebrate a record number of organ donations in 2022.
‘I thought he was going to be with us forever’: Housing programs aim to close the gap for people with autism
PHOENIX – A report from the Greater Phoenix Housing Market Analysis shows the lack of attention given to people with autism or who are neurodivergent makes it difficult for them to get out of poverty.
Report places Arizona first in U.S. for rate of COVID-19 deaths
PHOENIX – An analysis by medical-science journal The Lancet shows Arizona had the highest death rate per 100,000 people in the U.S. Researchers examined three years of data that found correlations between race, education and poverty levels and the number of deaths in the state.
Autism rates rise in U.S., along with awareness in communities of color
PHOENIX – Autism rates in children ages 4 and 8 are rising as more children are evaluated and tested, with Black, Hispanic and AAPI children more likely to be diagnosed than white children, according to the CDC.
From ‘lonely’ to Lily’s Pad: Tempe playground to give immunocompromised kids a chance to be a kid
PHOENIX – Children with weakened immune systems or other disabilities often can’t play with other kids. Lily’s Pad, a new playground scheduled to open in Arizona in April, is designed to help immunocompromised children build their physical and emotional health. It’s among other recreational areas across the U.S. meant to accommodate children with disabilities.
FBI investigates rehab scams targeting Indigenous community
PHOENIX - The FBI is investigating scams where fake rehab groups target the Indigenous community. Officials said organizers of these "pop-up facilities'' falsely offer addiction recovery, then file documents to rake in government money before disappearing.
Cyclists raise more than $580,000 to battle diabetes in Tour de Cure
GOODYEAR – The American Diabetes Association hosted its annual Tour de Cure to raise money to work toward a cure.