About the Health Policy Assemblies
In addition to the large annual forum in Phoenix, the Center for Rural Health coordinates with partner agencies to conduct regional Rural Health Policy Assemblies to bring together stakeholders in health care services and the public to explore regional issues impacting the delivery of care, along with potential solutions to challenges faced in the region. In 2009-2010, regional assemblies were conducted in Lake Havasu City (Mohave County), Bisbee (Cochise County), and Tuba City (Northern Arizona).
Each regional assembly focused on a variety of topic areas identified by the conveners representing regional partners. Topic areas included:
- Health care workforce
- Access to care
- Disease prevention
- Health information technology and Broadband
- Research ethics and Native Americans
- Protections for Native American women.
A panel of health care stakeholders, including health care administrators, elected officials, and Center for Rural Health representatives, presided over each assembly to provide comments and seek clarification of statements. Recommendations from the Rural Health Policy Assemblies were developed by CRH staff members in collaboration with the Arizona Rural Health Association using the content provided during the meetings. Presenters gave formal presentations to the panel and assembly attendees, and following the presentations, the public was invited to provide comment.
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