The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (the Alliance) collaborates with Community Health Centers (CHCs) to advance clinical quality and performance by advising on care considerations and approaches to best meet patients’ real-life situations. We recognize social determinants of health (the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age) have a profound impact on health outcomes. We work with our CHCs to address health disparities and ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve optimal health. Our areas of focus include quality improvement, integrated services (including oral & behavioral health and pharmacy), substance use disorder, domestic & sexual violence, and special populations.
The Alliance partners with our CHCs to advance clinical quality and performance through a focus on continuous quality improvement (QI). We promote QI best practices, facilitate QI collaboratives, and discuss methods for the effective deployment of QI initiatives at both the individual CHC and network levels. We also support the optimization of reporting tools to ensure CHCs have consistent and up-to-date access to their quality measures and gaps in patient care. With a focus on improving care delivery and health outcomes, our team monitors key data points throughout the year and uses that data to identify opportunities for training and technical assistance.
- Partner with our CHCs to promote oral health as essential to overall health and integrate oral health services into primary care
- Work with our CHCs, payers, and other key stakeholders to ensure the effective delivery and integration of behavioral health services in a primary care environment in response to the growing need for mental health care
- Share best practices related to the development and growth of CHC pharmacy operations and provide technical assistance to CHCs interested in starting a pharmacy program, including a 340B Program.
- Provide opioid-related training, facilitate linkages to care, and expand resources for the clinical support of patients with chronic pain in urban and rural areas of the state
- Work with CHCs, academic institutions, and community partners to identify, assess, and implement SUD and OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services
- Collaborate with CHCs on the development of MAT/MOUD and intensive outpatient treatment programs
- Produce materials, such as our video series on stigma and substance use, to reduce stigma by educating CHC providers on SUD/OUD
- Collaborate with CHCs to ensure that survivors, their children, and all touched by domestic and sexual violence have access to resources and services
- Provide training and technical assistance to CHCs on establishing and maintaining domestic and sexual violence advocacy programs
- Create opportunities to educate health center staff on the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence and their impact on health
- Partner with CHCs to provide community education that increases awareness and reduces stigma around domestic and sexual violence
- Train Community Health Workers on sexual violence, its impacts, and how to support clients
- Support CHC participation in coordinated community response to domestic violence, including regular collaboration with a wide variety of community partners, to better address accountability for perpetrators and needs of victims
Some CHCs receive funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to outreach and provide services to federally designated special populations. These special populations include migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, families experiencing homelessness, and residents of public housing. The Alliance provides training and technical assistance and facilitates partnerships to ensure that the unique healthcare needs of these populations are met.
The Alliance also provides support to CHCs in outreaching and serving other populations with unique needs such as gender and sexual minorities, persons living with HIV/AIDS, persons formerly incarcerated, and veterans.
Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition
The Alliance participates in and is a board member for the Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition (AIFC). AIFC is a collaboration between organizations in Arizona that serves as a resource for service providers to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. AIFC organizes an annual training and networking conference for agricultural worker serving partners, as well as provides scholarships to high school students of farmworker families to pursue higher education goals.
Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network
The Alliance leads the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network (AzRWHN), which strives to improve the health of all women living in rural Arizona. AzRWHN is a collaborative effort between various healthcare providers, health education centers, nonprofit community organizations, government entities, and universities. The AzRWHN’s mission is to build members’ capacity to cultivate and promote innovative policies, practices, and services that improve the health of women in rural Arizona.