PA’RRIBA Blog & Briefs

Health Coverage and Access to Care in the United States-Mexico Border Region: Implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

A multifactorial approach is necessary to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities for populations living in the US-Mexico border region. Key factors include building on health insurance coverage gains, enhancing the rural health workforce and infrastructure, and assuring accessible, cost effective, culturally and linguistically appropriate health services for a growing border population.

University of Arizona Teams up with Produce Growers in Northern Mexico to Help Migrant Farmworkers

Oct 4, 2016 Comments: 0 Topics: Public Health , Migrant Farm Workers , Mexico

  • The Los Angeles Times released a large expose on the conditions of farm workers on large corporate farms in Northern Mexico. The travesties named included: inadequate living conditions, company stores that create indentured servitude to pay off debts and accusations of child labor. Overall, the article calls on changes made by the corporate farms exposed but also, the American corporations that contract with those growers.
  • Recent strikes during spring harvest amongst produce farms in Baja California has drawn even more attention on the alleged abuses of agribusiness farm workers.
  • These workers are only marginally protected by national labor and housing laws; this collaboration creates a unique opportunity for mixed scientific methods to improve the health of this population.

Arizona Trauma Program Managers’ Efforts Underway

Photo Credit: Matt Eckhoff, Program Director of Community Integrated Paramedicine for the Rio Rico Medical & Fire District

The Arizona Trauma Program Managers Workgroup continues to meet face-to-face quarterly focused on enhancing performance improvement strategies. Scheduled for August 19, 2016 is the next scheduled workshop being hosted by Flagstaff Medical Center. Also, a statewide Trauma Program Manager Listserve continues to be very active with over 100 members.

AZ Center for Rural Health, Preparing for Round 3 ACA Open Enrollment

“Of those eligible for a tax credit to help individuals buy a health plan on Arizona’s Marketplace in the last cycle, 38% participated – and lower in Arizona’s rural, Latino, American Indian, disabled and special populations,” said Dr. Daniel Derksen, the Director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona, and the project’s principal investigator.

Lean Forward: Easing the ICD-10 October Implementation for Rural Arizona Health Providers

Mar 24, 2015 Comments: 0 Topics: International Classification of Diseases , ICD-10 , WHO , HIPPA , Training

Photo Credit: Jill Bullock

By Jill Bullock, Alyssa Padilla and Dan Derksen

What is ICD-10? In October of 2015, all physicians, hospitals, and health plans will begin using ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases), an upgrade from ICD-9 used in the U.S. for 30 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) adopted ICD-10 in 1990, used by other countries for many years.  ICD-10 will be used to classify disease, report illnesses, monitor morbidity and mortality, and importantly - to provide better individual and population health data to continuously improve and inform clinical treatment.  

A New Critical Access Hospital in Arizona

Oct 18, 2011 Comments: 0 Topics: Critical Access Hospital

Florence Community Healthcare HospitalFlorence Community Healthcare Hospital has been designated a critical access hospital by the Department of Health and Human Services, bringing the total number of Critical Access Hospitals to 15 in Arizona. 

American Idol and Douglas, Arizona

Oct 14, 2011 Comments: 0 Topics: Cochise County , Community Health Centers , Mobile Clinics

Pediatrics Facility in Douglas, ArizonaOne of the real rural Arizona success stories has to be the Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc in Cochise County. I had the opportunity to meet with the CEO of this organization, Jennifer “Ginger” Ryan in her office in Douglas, Arizona. She is a bottle of energy and her enthusiasm for the area of border health care issues is infectious.


Bye-Bye Trauma Centers

Oct 13, 2011 Comments: 0 Topics: Access to Care , Critical Access Hospital , Trauma Centers

A new study finds that the nearest trauma centers are now farther away for 1 in 4 Americans. Where trauma is concerend, minutes can be the difference between life and death--this is definitely a dangerous trend for rural health.


Brunch in the Garden

Oct 10, 2011 Comments: 0 Topics: Cochise County , Community Gardens , Road Trip

Community gardens are definitely one of the most underrated ways to improve the health of communities. Public health workers have known for a long time how important the surrounding environment and communities are in influencing healthy behaviors and rural areas especially stand to benefit from community gardens. From encouraging self reliance and community interactions to producing nutritious foods and shared resources--community gardens go a long way in promoting health in rural areas.

Welcome to Arizona Ruralways: Let's Start the Conversation

Oct 10, 2011 Comments: 0 Topics: About Me

Welcome to Arizona Ruralways! With new conversations and new ventures, a short introduction goes a long way. Come learn more about who I am, what we're about, why we're here and where we're going. Let's start the conversation!


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