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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
    • Apache, Coconino, Gila, Navajo, and Yavapai county contractors provided car seats and education on installation of car seats. Apache, Coconino, Navajo, and Yavapai county contractors provided car seat technician training, certification, and recertification.
    • 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.
    • Navajo County provided input on the Tribal Seatbelt and Child Restraint laws on the Hopi Reservation.
  • 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. All 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) provided input to various city's on their City General Plan. 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. 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.

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