Data and Reports
In 2013, Cochise Health and Social Services (CHSS) completed their first Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), with technical and funding support from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Building on the 2012 assessment, CHSS embarked on a collaborative approach to conduct the 2016 assessment, partnering with the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, Benson Community Hospital, Copper Queen Community Hospital and Northern Cochise Community Hospital to bring together residents and community leaders, nonprofit and social service agencies, governmental institutions, and federally qualified community health centers to harness their collective resources, energy and expertise to identify and prioritize the major issues threatening the health and well-being of Cochise County residents.
Primary and secondary data were collected and reviewed, including county-specific Medicaid utilization data. The community themes and strengths were assessed by conducting a survey of more than 2,400 community residents, health system partners, and other health and social service professionals. To understand the forces of change in Cochise County, a series of webinars was conducted with key informants representing major communities of interest including education leaders, elected officials and health care providers. A fourth webinar was held for key informants representing vulnerable populations that often experience greater health disparities including the elderly, border health experts, domestic violence advocates and LGBTQ advocates.
Through this assessment and data collection process, three community health priorities surfaced. These priorities are supported by the data, and they were echoed by community members and public health professionals.
Cochise Health & Social Services is conducted a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in early May 2022 to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Cochise households and assessed the health of the population and identifying factors that can improve public health. The goals of the online CASPER were to rapidly obtain information about the needs of a community, produce population-based estimates for decision-makers, and assess new or changing needs.
A CASPER helps local public health partners understand more about community health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic in Cochise County. Cochise Health & Social Services field teams distributed door hangers to households in selected neighborhoods with information how individuals can access the online CASPER survey. Participation was completely voluntary. Questions on the survey covered topics such as access to health insurance, impacts of the pandemic on individual households, and current health status of members of the household. The survey was offered in English and Spanish. Households can use a mobile phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet to access the survey. Additionally, individuals were able to take the survey over the phone using a mobile phone or landline.
We are proud of the work we do on behalf of all Cochise County community members and this is our opportunity to share it with you.
In this report you will find an overview of the condition of public health in Cochise County, the activities of our programs during 2020, the character and extent of diseases reported and investigated, prevention measures implemented, our expenditures, and recommendations that I feel are advisable for the protection of the public’s health.
Cochise Health and Social Services (CHSS) convened its first Drug Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) team meeting in February of 2021. The OFR was established as a component of the statewide response to the opioid epidemic following Governor Ducey’s declaration of a public health emergency in April of 2017. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) administers a statewide OFR program and supports local county OFR teams, as established under A.R.S. §36-198. This legislation granted counties the authority to request records from various entities, including the County Medical Examiner (ME), local law enforcement, local hospitals, health and behavioral health centers and the courts system, in order to review the documented circumstances surrounding each death.
- APPENDIX 1 Healthy Cochise Coalition 2018 Partnership List (PDF)
- APPENDIX 2A CCHCI - 2018 Needs Assessment (PDF)
- APPENDIX 2B First Things First Cochise Report 2017 (PDF)
- APPENDIX 2C University of Arizona Cooperative Extension 2018 Nutrition and Physical Activity Report (PDF)
- APPENDIX 2D Emergency Depts- 2018 Top10 Discharge Diagnoses (PDF)
- APPENDIX 3 Access to Health Care Focus Groups compiled response (PDF)
- APPENDIX 4-Behavioral Health Provider List (PDF)
- APPENDIX 5 Survey Research References (PDF)
- APPENDIX 6A Survey Tool (PDF)
- APPENDIX 6B Survey Tool Spanish (PDF)
- APPENDIX 7 Access to Health Care Survey 2018 compiled results (PDF)
- APPENDIX 8 Canyon Vista Medical Center Strategic Goals-2018 (PDF)
- APPENDIX 9 Chiricahua Healthcare Clinic Inc Recruitment Retention 2018 (PDF)
- Cochise County Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan 2018 Update Progress Report (PDF)
- 2017 Community Health Improvement Plan Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) Analysis (PDF)
- Cochise Community Engagement Model (PDF)
- Appendix AHCCCS utilization heat maps (PDF)
- Cochise County Community Health Assessment Appendix A 2016 2017 (PDF)
- POWERPOINT Healthy Eating - Dr Darlene Melk - 28June2017 (PDF)
- POWERPOINT Healthy Eating - Renee Cooper RD - 28June2017 (PDF)