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Office of Children's Health

County Health and Prevention Program

What is the County Health and Prevention Program?

The County Health and Prevention Program is funded by the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. The two goals of this program are to decrease intentional and unintentional injuries and to improve the health of women prior to pregnancy. While the approach varies by county, all address the same goals. Each county utilizes the Spectrum of Prevention. This model moves from providing direct services to community education, provider education, fostering coalitions, changing organizational practices, and implementing policy. The counties will use the Arizona Logic Model to track interventions and outcomes. This gives them the information needed to reach their objectives.

Why is this program needed?

This program is needed to decrease the health disparities of low-income women and children. By improving the health status of women in their childbearing years, we can reduce the infant mortality rate in Arizona. Preconception health education includes but is not limited to birth spacing, folic acid, chronic disease prevention, obesity and overweight, mental health, and financial health.

These counties reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes through the use of correctly installed child car safety seats and educating teens on motor vehicle safety. They work with "Safe Routes to Schools", teen suicide prevention, firearm safety to name just a few areas of injury prevention.

What has this program achieved?

  • Injury Prevention
    • During 2012, Apache, Coconino, Gila, Navajo, and Yavapai county contractors provided car seats and education on installation of car seats. They provided car seat technician training, certification, and recertification. Apache and Navajo Counties targeted Native American women to complete the car seat safety program that included providing car seat and seat belt education. Through Title V funding, one county subcontracted with the Tohono O'odham Nation to conduct car seat safety check events and car seat safety courses including alcohol awareness.
    • Apache and Navajo Counties partnered together to conduct safety events and provided education on driving under the influence, helmet use, CPR, and water safety.
    • Several counties conducted Teen Mazes which included interactive information on motor vehicle crashes, driving under the influence of substance, and bullying. Yavapai and Gila Counties distributed thumb rings with the message of "text it later".
    • Yavapai County Health Department provided Safe Dates curriculum to approximately 500 students.
    • Two County Health Departments began working with teen suicide prevention by providing information on suicide prevention in high schools or participating on a Suicide Prevention Coalition.
  • Preconception Health
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Women's and Children's Health has developed information on preconception health entitled Every Woman Arizona.
    • The Title V funded County Health and Prevention contract activities included community education, building coalitions, changing organizational practices, and developing policies. Six out of seven contracting counties provided brochures and education about preconception health in high schools, physicians' offices, pregnancy clinics WIC clinics, teen mazes, their own county buildings and other locations.
    • Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) developed a policy unit. This unit partnered with Livable Communities Coalition to design an advocacy agenda and toolkit to promote the incorporation of the concepts of healthy community design into the cities general plans. They also worked with the Arizona State University to bring together a variety of health and wellness experts to design a model plan to increase access to healthy and fresh foods in Arizona. MCDPH is collaborating with others to develop a Food Policy Council in Goodyear. MCDPH worked with other associations to promote joint use agreements. These organizations introduced a senate bill, which was signed into law, to help decrease the risk of liability for schools that open their recreational grounds during non-instructional time. The goal is to increase community access to physical activity. The Policy staff worked with their health department's Wellness Council on developing a healthy vending policy. The MCDPH also received a grant to assess food procurement policies within Maricopa County Government.
    • Coconino County Public Health District has developed a resource directory of preconception health care providers in Williams Arizona Coconino County.

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