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Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs issued an executive order Friday expanding access to free birth control for state employees. She’s also ordering state agencies to look into expanding access to in vitro fertilization.
May. 20, 2024
Doctor explaining medicine dosage to patient at care home
Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes is suing to invalidate secrecy clauses in dealings with certain long-term care facilities.
May. 20, 2024
A sign pointing to the emergency department at an Arizona hospital
We know the summer heat is deadly. Last year, 645 people died due to heat-related deaths in Maricopa County. One researcher says that number is likely just the tip.
May. 17, 2024
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drowning deaths are on the rise across the U.S., following decades of decline.
May. 17, 2024
teen sitting on a bed
Arizona youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are struggling with mental health at higher rates than their peers in other states, but many aren't getting the help they need. That’s according to a first-of-its-kind report on adolescent health in the state released Thursday.
May. 16, 2024
Stethoscope in a doctor's office.
Arizona is facing a shortage of nurses; and the state could feel the sting of empty positions as early as next year.
May. 13, 2024
A crowd listens to families and victims of sober living homes share their devastating stories at a town hall meeting organized by 'Stolen People, Stolen Benefits,' a grassroots watchdog group on Tuesday, March 26.
Arizona officials have called Medicaid fraud one of the biggest scandals in state history. Several families are suing the state for allowing fraud to continue.
May. 10, 2024
Brain scan
Getting an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is difficult even if an individual can access healthcare. For rural Arizonans or those living in underserved areas, that diagnosis might never come. But a new public awareness campaign could change that.
May. 10, 2024
A billboard encourages those living in the Western Agency of the Navajo Nation to get screened for uranium along U.S. Route 89.
Members from the Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico are calling on House Speaker Mike Johnson to bring a floor vote on an already-passed bipartisan Senate bill to renew aid for downwinders through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, or RECA, which is set to expire next month.
May. 10, 2024
trash, including a large number of used syringes, spilled onto a sidewalk
Phoenix has launched its first public dashboard detailing substance use and overdoses data. Men made up 71% of the 4,554 suspected opioid overdoses reported by Phoenix Fire in 2023. The busiest month for emergency responders was July when the fire department responded to 536 suspected overdoses.
May. 9, 2024
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County and city leaders voted unanimously this week to enact a 5-year intergovernmental agreement that will allow them to pool resources from Arizona's opioid settlement fund and work collaboratively on programming.
May. 8, 2024
Woman and man stand near podium
The task force comes as Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne announced an initiative to increase access to Narcan, the brand name of naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses, available in every school.
May. 8, 2024
Mandy Cohen, CDC Director
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking to Arizona for lessons on how to mitigate the health impacts of extreme heat. CDC director, Dr. Mandy Cohen visited Phoenix on Wednesday.
May. 8, 2024
Sad woman wearing face mask while sitting at home and thinking of something
New research finds that while the COVID-19 pandemic caused lots of people to feel anxious, it did not have that effect on patients already getting treatment for anxiety.
May. 8, 2024
Grey hospital with white sign
Challenges with translation in medical settings can result in misunderstandings, or worse, in misdiagnoses. Two Phoenix medical professionals shared their experiences on how language services change health care accessibility.
May. 7, 2024
Outside façade of hospital from above
Ganado is home to Sage Memorial Hospital, a Native-managed comprehensive health care system serving thousands of people in surrounding Navajo communities. It had been operating out of the same facilities since 1930 — until now.
May. 7, 2024
a while basket filled with tampons and pads
Period poverty is the lack of access to menstrual products, and it affects millions of girls and women across the U.S. Women for Women Tempe provides bags of pads and tampons to anyone in need, including at places like Gracie's Thrift.
May. 7, 2024
cow
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking state health officials to work with their agriculture department counterparts and community partners to protect farmworkers against bird flu. Recent outbreaks in dairy cattle herds meant farms with confirmed cases became the priority.
May. 6, 2024
Sun on a blue sky framed by trees
As temperatures warm up, health officials are reminding Arizonans to be aware of the dangers of extreme heat. This summer could be hotter than usual, too, said meteorologist Tom Frieders with the National Weather Service.
May. 3, 2024
"DACA is not enough" sign
The move comes as the DACA program's future is uncertain while it undergoes a legal challenge, and the outcome of the November election is uncertain.
May. 3, 2024

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