Maricopa County Department of Public Health: Helping Arizona's Kids Live Healthier Lives

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A partnership grant from United Health Foundation is helping the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) build healthier communities in Phoenix and Mesa. L to R: David Sandoval, The Preventive Health Collaborative steering committee chair; Joe Gaudio, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona; Gov. Doug Ducey; Dr. Bob England, director, MCDPH; Dave Wichmann, president, UnitedHealth Group.
 

A partnership grant between Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and United Health Foundation will help ensure all children from birth to 5 years of age, and their families, are living healthier lives. MCDPH will administer the $1 million partnership grant over a three-year period to support The Preventive Health Collaborative (PHC) as it serves young children and their families in south Phoenix and expands to Mesa. In Mesa, PHC will bring together community partners to provide preventive health services to children, and address specific health areas such as prenatal and newborn services, access to care, oral health, nutrition, physical activity, developmental and mental health services, and injury prevention.

"The goal of the PHC is to work collaboratively with our existing community partners and care providers that are serving families with kids ages birth to 5 years ," said Dr. Bob England, director, MCDPH.  "By maximizing available resources and addressing gaps, we hope to make it easier for families to access the services they need."

The PHC and its partners will improve collaboration and community capacity within the preventive health system by:

  • completing a comprehensive assessment of health care and information resources;
  • establishing joint partnerships to address gaps; and
  • increasing coordination to best use resources and facilitate access to care within the community.

"I speak for the entire public health system when I say thank you to United Health Foundation for its commitment to building a sustainable system and not just taking a Band-Aid approach to addressing these issues," said Dr. England.

(April 2015)