Navy reinforcements help Valleywise Health amid health care worker shortage

PHOENIX – Seven members of the Navy have joined Valleywise Health Medical Center to support overburdened frontline health care workers, per a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The team will stay for a month.


Arizona, national traffic deaths jumped in 2021; state outpaced nation

WASHINGTON - Arizona traffic deaths rose 18.4% in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the year before, far outpacing the national 12% increase in the same period, new federal data show. The death tolls were the highest since 2006.


Crop talk: UArizona scientists learning how plants communicate with their environment

TUCSON – Scientists at the University of Arizona are testing how plants respond to their environment. Their goal is to engineer plants so they can withstand the effects of climate change.


Mothers of children who are Black and autistic help other families find their voices

The African American Conference on Disability, which wraps up this week in Arizona, included a session in which two mothers of children who are Black and autistic advised other families of color about getting support and services amid longstanding disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of autism.


Experts spotlight disparities in contraception, family planning as Supreme Court weighs key abortion case

PHOENIX – As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a key case that could scale back or overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion rights advocates are spotlighting disparities in family planning and health care access, noting women of color and those living in poverty are most likely to be affected by any change in law.


Blood providers call for donors amid first national blood crisis

PHOENIX – Amid what the American Red Cross is calling the worst blood shortage in more than a decade, blood providers are urgently calling for donors. Vitalant, an Arizona nonprofit that collects blood, says thousands of blood drives have been canceled over the past 18 months.


Count the Kicks campaign to combat stillbirths expands to Arizona

PHOENIX – Shawn Soumilas lost her second child in a stillbirth 12 years ago. Today, the Prescott mother is part of an effort expanding to Arizona this month to teach expectant mothers about fetal movement and tracking the health of their unborn babies.


Mom honors daughter by getting food, health care to underserved kids

MESA – After Joan Leafman’s daughter died of breast cancer, the Mesa woman started a foundation in her honor to provide food and health care to children in need. Today, Corbin’s Legacy helps operate a clinic in one Mesa elementary school, providing important screenings to underserved kids.


Arizona Humane Society mobile clinic provides free pet care for underserved communities

PHOENIX – The Arizona Humane Society’s Healthy Tails mobile clinic offers free veterinary services, from surgery to vaccinations, deworming treatments, flea and tick prevention and microchipping.


Pima County schools strained by lack of COVID-19 testing as FEMA sites open

TUCSON – FEMA has opened two COVID-19 testing sites in Pima County to ease the shortage of PCR and rapid COVID tests needed to keep schools open.


On second anniversary, COVID-19 still racks up grim milestones in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Two years after Arizona's first confirmed case of COVID-19, the state has racked up close to 1.8 million infections and the virus has killed almost 26,000 - one of the highest death rates in the country - part of what one expert called the pandemic's "really long journey."


American Lung Association gives Arizona a failing grade for lack of regulation on tobacco products targeting teens

PHOENIX – More than 20% of high schoolers in Arizona use tobacco, especially e-cigarettes, the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control report says. Overall, Arizona gets an F for its attempts to regulate the sales of flavored tobacco.