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Health Director
Mary Gomez, MN

 

Contact Us

health@cochise.az.gov
 

Toll Free
1-800-423-7271

 

Benson   
126 W. 5th Street 
Benson, AZ 85602

(520) 586-8200

 

Bisbee  

(Main Office)
1415 Melody Lane Bldg. A 
Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-9400


Douglas  
1012 North G Avenue Ste 101
Douglas, AZ 85607
(520) 805-5600
 

 

Sierra Vista  

4115 E. Foothills Drive
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
(520) 803-3900


Willcox 
450 S. Haskell Avenue
Willcox, AZ 85643
(520) 384-7100
 

Cochise Health & Social Services

Cochise County Community Health Improvement Plan

Beginning early in 2012, Cochise Health and Social Services (CHSS) received funding and technical assistance from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to conduct a comprehensive, county-wide Community Health Assessment (CHA).  The purpose of the Cochise County CHA was to determine the self-identified current health status of our residents, what they identified as barriers to accessing health care, what types of services they are currently using, the residents’ definition of what would constitute a healthy community, our major health challenges, and what would improve access to healthcare throughout Cochise County.  

Data was collected from September through December 2012.  A total of 558 surveys were started online in Survey Monkey.  Of these, 505 (90.5%) were completed.   All responses were tabulated, including those received on the incomplete surveys.  Just over 68% of those completing the survey were female.   This is not representative of the County’s population which is 51% male.   Secondary data provided by ADHS from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) was also used to compare Cochise County results with Arizona as a whole for those indicators that matched the questions in our CHA.  The following Health Priorities were identified by respondents:

The top five serious health concerns were diabetes (39.4%), obesity (39.4%), aging problems (33.3%), availability of medical services (32.0%), and cancer (31.6%). 

The top three social issues identified were immigration (49.0%), domestic violence (37.2%), and dropping out of school (32.8%). 

The top three items most important for a healthy community were good jobs and healthy economy (65.5%), good schools (51.5%), and strong family life (30.4%).  Healthy behaviors and lifestyles received 30.0% rating, just slightly below strong family life.

The top six items that would improve our community’s access to healthcare were improved quality of care (54.6%), more specialty providers (45.6%), more primary care providers (42.6%), greater health education services (37.8%), outpatient services expanded hours (37.3%), and transportation assistance (34.7%). 

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Community Health Improvement Plan

 

Cochise County Community Health Assessment

Beginning early in 2012, Cochise Health and Social Services (CHSS) received funding and technical assistance from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to conduct a comprehensive, county-wide Community Health Assessment (CHA).

A Community Health Assessment (CHA) is defined as: "a systematic examination of the health status indicators for a given population that is used to identify key problems and assets in a community. The ultimate goal of a community health assessment is to develop strategies to address the community's health needs and identified issues. A variety of tools and processes may be used to conduct a community health assessment; the essential ingredients are community engagement and collaborative participation."
-Public Health Accreditation Board

The purpose of the Cochise County CHA was to determine the self-identified current health status of our residents, what they identified as barriers to accessing health care, what types of services they are currently using, the residents' definition of what would constitute a healthy community, our major health challenges, and what would improve access to health care throughout Cochise County. The results of this CHA will be used to develop a comprehensive Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) in collaboration with our community partners and residents.

This project meshed well with the Cochise County's 2011 Strategic Plan. Our Vision Statement expresses the ultimate role that county government fulfills: "Cochise County fosters diverse, vibrant and safe communities, planning for the future while honoring our legendary cultural heritage." This vision was adopted by the Board of Supervisors based on the core belief that county leadership should first and foremost encourage every stakeholder to always work toward the betterment of life in Cochise County. Our Mission Statement describes in broad terms the actions county government will undertake in order to realize that vision. "Provide regional leadership and effective, high-quality services with personal and professional integrity." This mission was adopted by the Board of Supervisors to acknowledge the county's commitment to being a leading force for progress in the county.

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