The Program is focused on reducing the burden of asthma, diabetes, and obesity and addressing three related risk factors:
- Inadequate nutrition
- Physical inactivity
- Tobacco use
The program currently works with three border counties and the Tohono O’odham Nation to implement community-driven intervention strategies that focus on primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention activities targeting asthma, diabetes, and obesity.
Through a collaborative strategic planning process, program partners have identified both cross-community and local complementary intervention strategies that build upon existing efforts such as, training and technical assistance for healthcare providers and lay health workers, health marketing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention School Health Index, Arizona Model Healthy School Environment Policy, and Special Action Groups. These strategies focus on healthy eating, physical activity, health screening and early diagnosis, disease self-management, and policy development across 5 domain areas:
- Healthcare provider
The Steps to a Healthier Arizona Initiative is funded by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This program is aimed at all populations living within the Program’s service areas.
Services are delivered via contracts in the counties of Cochise, Santa Cruz, Yuma, and in the Tohono O’odham Nation. Contractors work together with one another, local partners, and Arizona Department of Health Services to design action plans that meet the needs of their specific communities and have a greater impact on the region as a whole. This collaborative approach to chronic disease integration provides a new and innovative model for future replication in other areas of the state.
For additional information contact:
Steps to a Healthier Arizona Initiative
150 N. 18th Ave, ste. 310
Phoenix, AZ 85007