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Managing for Excellence Program

State Health Assessment

Will Humble, Director, Arizona Department of Health Services, introduces the State Health Assessment.

To better understand the health status of Arizona's population, the Arizona Department of Health Services partnered with each of the county health departments to conduct a Community Health Assessment. This assessment included the collection and analysis of data from the community and information from a variety of sources. The result of this collaborative process is the State Health Assessment (SHA) report.

The SHA report helps to prioritize health issues, communities in need and effectively allocate resources to improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans. Public input is essential to the success of this goal, so ADHS is also conducting a survey to collect public input which will help shape the statewide effort.

The SHA report is one of the three accreditation prerequisites set forth by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and will help ADHS deliver the core functions which encompass assessment, policy development and assurance. ADHS is partnering with local health departments and other public health organizations to accomplish this collaborative effort. The goal of accreditation is to assess the health department's ability to deliver these three core functions, in addition to the ten essential services of public health. The next one.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the State Health Assessment (SHA) report using the links below:

Why is the State Health Assessment (SHA) report so important?

  • The SHA is used as a tool to comprehensively assess the state of public health in Arizona. We look at population demographics, health data, environment, and compare rural/urban settings, and look at how AZ is doing compared to the nation.
  • It is a report that analyzes health and population data from public data banks, and combines it with input from community members statewide.
  • It is a tool that can be used to drive public policy, community programs, and decision making around how we allocate resources.
  • It helps paint the picture of how we can begin to prioritize health issues based on community will and the data.

How did ADHS develop the SHA report?

  • Together with our 15 counties we talked to over 10,000 people in communities across the state to hear what health issues people were most concerned about.
  • Each of the 15 counties did a health assessment and a health improvement plan which ADHS used as a basis for the SHA.
  • 15 Leading public health issues were identified
  • Health Issues are summarized in the report according to the impact on lives of Arizonans, and our ability to make a difference
  • Communities that have the greatest challenges accessing preventive health care and achieving positive health outcomes have been identified in the report

Can the public get involved?

  • Get in touch with your local health department where health improvement plans at a local level are in play. You can also provide feedback by taking our survey and get on our email list to get updates as we work on our State Health Improvement Plan over the next year.
  • The SHIP: We will be working collaboratively with our partners over the next year to put together a 5 year plan to address critical health issues.
  • We will build on our strengths and address areas that need improvement for a healthier Arizona.

What will help move us towards a healthier Arizona?

  • Get involved in your community's health — let's work together to achieve a vision of health and wellness for all Arizonans
  • View the report, please go to our website, azdhs.gov repeat a few times
  • Take our survey to help shape our health improvement plan moving forward
  • Contact your local public health department to get involved

Community Involvement

Help us set public health priorities and direct the use of resources by getting involved with your community's public health efforts. Learn more about the state of public health in your community using the links below: