Takeaways about heat deaths and vulnerable older people
Heat waves fueled by climate change are arriving earlier, growing more intense and lasting longer, creating higher risks of illness and death for older people who are especially vulnerable to hot weather.
Arizona boy hospitalized twice before death in state care
A 9-year-old boy who died last year while in the care of Arizona's child welfare agency was hospitalized twice for a life-threatening diabetes complication in the weeks leading up to his death, according to an autopsy report released this month.
AZ Nurses urge Biden to protect Medicare Advantage, reject cuts
The Arizona Nurses Association, as our state’s oldest and largest nursing organization, now feels compelled to speak out against a Biden administration proposal to cut billions of dollars from Medicare Advantage in the coming year.
Expanding health care to help those with diabetes critical
Expanding access to health care in Arizona is one of the most important tasks we must tackle in the wake of the Covid pandemic, particularly for our most vulnerable populations and underserved communities who had underlying medical conditions that magnified the disease’s harm. To prevent diabetes from dictating someone’s life, it’s imperative that high-quality and affordable healthcare optio[...]
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, partners inspiring health through different lens
During the last five years, while Arizonans have reported feeling physically healthier, mental distress has increased. To help address this, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and partners are actively working to implement an integrated medical management strategy that blends physical health, behavioral health, and the vital social determinants of health.
Arizona youth joins tribal officials to push for continued diabetes program funding
Alton Villegas offered an unusual call to action on March 29 for an 11-year-old boy: “Destroy the ice cream man.”
‘Health index’ scores counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues
Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less.
Advocates push for junk-food tax on Navajo Nation
Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to push people to ditch junk food.