National Rural Health Day - November 20, 2014

Celebrating Community Successes

In honor of Arizona’s celebration of “National Rural Health Day” on November 20, 2014, we are highlighting “Rural Community Success Stories” to spread the message that Rural communities are wonderful places to live, work and visit.

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Center for Rural Health Staff

The Center for Rural Health team, left-to-right:1st row, Agnes Attakai, Paul Akmajian, Martha Monroy, Sharon Van Skiver,
Sonia Nieves, Joe Tabor. 2nd row: Rebecca Ruiz, Jill de Zapien, Joyce Hospodar, Rod Gorrell, Dan Derksen.


Native American Physicians on the Navajo Reservation: Developed by native students at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, this video highlights Dr. Vanessa Jensen (Navajo) and her decision to become a physician and her experiences at the University of Arizona.


Martha and Agusto Ortiz with Sugeon General Carmona

In Honor of Dr. Augusto Ortiz: Mrs. Martha Ortiz discusses the legacy of Dr. Ortiz. His passion for social justice issues and career progress in rural Arizona.


Cochise Regional Hospital, Douglas: Ready for any emergency, Cochise Regional Hospital’s’ Emergency Room in Douglas, Arizona, and LIFELINE air transport were ready to transfer a local resident to a Tucson tertiary center. Over 120 miles from the nearest higher level facility, the community’s only hospital is there for its residents.


Arizona's Critical Access Hospitals

Arizona Critical Access Hospitals are rural acute care hospitals consisting of no more than 25 inpatient beds. The Critical Access Hospital must not exceed a ninety-six (96) hour length of stay and will have agreements, contracts or affiliations for transfer and services. Critical Access Hospitals must also be located more than a 35-mile drive from any other hospital or CAH.


The Santa Cruz county adolescent wellness network's story is about sharing resources to identify and address youth health issues. We accomplish more together than we can alone.


The Power to Change: Alicia shares an experience that showed her the importance of the work done by Community Health Workers like herself in AZ. Created in a Creative Narrations digital storytelling workshop for REACH grantees, 2013. In Spanish with English subtitles.


Your Time is Now: the Community Health Worker Disparities Initiative of the Southeast Arizona Health Education Center (SEAHEC).


Five Years of Excellence: Arizona's Critical Access Hospitals