The Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH) serves Arizona through its core mission to improve the health and wellness of Arizona’s rural and underserved populations. It houses programs including the State Office of Rural Health (AzSORH), the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (AzFlex), the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (AzSHIP), SAMHSA First Responders Initiative (FR-CARA), the Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC), AzCRH Navigator Consortium, Students Helping Arizona Register Everyone (SHARE), and the Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse Initiative.
AzCRH serves rural Arizona by:
- Providing education, technical assistance, data and analysis to rural partners, hospitals, and providers to help them adapt to the rapidly changing rural health environment and address unmet rural health needs;
- Training, recruiting and retaining health professionals for rural practice;
- Collecting, synthesizing and disseminating data to inform providers, policymakers and consumers about legislation, regulation, programs and grant opportunities to improve rural health access and outcomes.
The National Rural Health Association has presented Agnes Attakai, MPA, director of health disparities outreach and prevention education for the Arizona Center for Rural Health, the Rosemary McKenzie Legacy Award for her work as a champion of health equity in Arizona and nationally to reduce health disparities among Arizona’s Native Americans. » Read more.