Press Release for Health Leadership Award Ceremony on February 15, 2014

January 17, 2014

Hello All,

Please find enclosed as an attachment in pdf our Press Release for our 5th Annual Health
Leadership Award Ceremony on 02/15/14.

We’d be delighted to see all of You then!

Albert Ortiz will be there and we intend to have a few of his ‘No-Smoking Art’ pieces on display as well.

Thank You for all You do to help promote tobacco control policy.

Happy New Year,

Philip J Carpenter, Executive Director

Arizonans Concerned About Smoking

(480) 733-5864 Office | (602) 751-0190 mobile | | |

ACAS Press Release[1]

Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Men’s Health Talk – Thursday Dec. 12th

December 11, 2013

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Sign up now for the AZ Asthma Conference – Early Bird Prices End Soon!!

October 10, 2013

Early Bird Pricing ends 10/15 for this great educational opportunity.   Join practicing pediatric and adult medical care providers to increase your knowledge in Asthma Best Practices.  Come here leaders in the field address you and your colleagues in this amazing forum.

Saturday October 26th, 2013

7:15am – 4pm

Cardon Children’t Medical Center in Mesa.

Click Here for more Information

2nd Annual Southern Arizona Stroke Conference, November 2, 2013

September 24, 2013

This course will provide health care professionals in current, evidence-based practice knowledge across the continuum of stroke care.

As a result of completing this educational activity, participants will be able to
Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based practices for stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) along the continuum of stroke care, including pre-hospital, acute care and post acute settings.
Discuss emerging research and best practices for stroke and TIA
Discuss unique issues of stroke and TIA care and begin to identify solutions to any identified gaps in care

This course is designed for neurologist, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologist, cardiologist, primary care physicians, emergency medicine physicians, cardiologist, senior neurology residents, vascular neurology fellows and stroke team members including nurse practitioners, nurses, physicians assistants, EMS, dieticians, social workers, case managers, physical, occupational and speech therapist


2013 SoAZ stroke conf bro-g

Arizona Asthma Coalition Clinical Conference

September 18, 2013

Improving Asthma Outcomes in Arizona

Register Now!  The Arizona Asthma Coalition will hold its annual conference on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Mesa, Arizona.  The theme of the conference is Improving Asthma Outcomes in Arizona. The conference will include general sessions on quality improvement in office practice, health disparities, and updates on the latest research, medications, and devices.  There will also be opportunities chose from 8 break out sessions: a Clinical Care for Special Populations Track; an Office and Clinical Practice Track; and a School Nurse Track.

CME/CEU credits will be provided for physicians, nurses and respiratory care practitioners.

The conference brochure is attached.  It can also be accessed at if you’d like to pay by PayPal.

For questions, contact Barbara Burkholder at

RJ Shannon to assist with addressing health disparities across all BTCD programs

September 16, 2013

I’m excited to report that effective today, RJ Shannon will bring her vast knowledge and skills in helping us build the overall capacity of our bureau to address health disparities across all program areas.

Across the U.S., there is a growing concern that people in disparate, high-risk populations (e.g. African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and all peoples of low socio-economic status) will “fall through the cracks” of healthcare reform.  Likewise, members of impoverished communities will continue to suffer from disparities in economic opportunity and meaningful wage.  This has serious and continued implications for the many programs in BTCD, as well as the Public Health Prevention Services in general.

In an effort to bolster our own capacity to deliver impactful programs, and build on our recent work in targeted communities in border, Native, and urban settings, we will be seeking ways to integrate select health and socio-economic development programs that have traditionally operated in silo fashion despite the hard fact that they are targeting the same high-risk populations.  To this end, I have asked RJ to assist me directly by identifying possible initiatives, and lending a hand to an examination of future possibilities in programming.  Pilot programs only make sense when they yield results and can be replicated and leveraged toward larger venues.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be identifying a range of tasks aimed at capturing RJ’s skills in various components of our work, as well as opportunities in the larger picture of health disparities in ADHS as a whole.  Please join me in welcoming RJ to the many horizons that await us.


Wayne Tormala, Chief
Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease
150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 310
Phoenix, Arizona  85007-2602 


Cancer Study

September 10, 2013

The Arizona Department of Health Services/Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease is supporting the American Cancer Society’s one-time historic opportunity to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join a historic research study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations. CPS-3 is a grassroots effort across the country through which you can advance cancer research by participating actively in a historic research study. Click on to for enrollment opportunities that will take place in Tucson and in the Phoenix Metro area over the next several months. Please visit or email or call toll-free 1.888-604-5888 for additional information.


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