Rural Arizona Connects: Linking Rural Health to Rural Veterans
The risk of suicide among veterans is three to four times greater than the general population, and even higher for veterans living in rural communities. To address this critical issue, AzCRH has joined forces with the Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) to address the health and social needs of rural Arizona veterans and their families.
Rural Arizona Connects: Linking Rural Health to Rural Veterans is funded by Mobilize AZ, the public health initiative of Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona, and focuses on suicide prevention among veterans using an upstream approach. Services include a support line, community-based navigators who connect veterans with available services, and community training.
AzCRH partners with ACMF and Arizona’s nationally recognized Be Connected program that strengthens access to support services and resources for veterans, families and helpers. Be Connected is a joint effort with Arizona’s Office of the Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
AzCRH and Be Connected will partner with southern Arizona’s federally designated Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics to increase access to health services and coordination of care for veterans and their families.
Anticipated outcomes include:
- Creating a replicable model for rural communities to coordinate services for veterans for immediate care
- Implementing a coordinated Be Connected information dissemination campaign
- Training community members and providers
- Mapping available services for veterans and their families living in Southern Arizona