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Experts fear Arizona is not prepared to handle surge in Alzheimer’s cases

Arizona is in the midst of a surge in Alzheimer’s patients that is rising at the fastest rate in the nation, but advocates say there are not enough resources to handle the cases the state has now, much less the extra number of patients that could be coming.... Read more»

States are eying foreign-trained health professionals as shortage grows

States are eying foreign-trained health professionals as part of a solution to two problems: the growing shortage of health care workers and the worse health outcomes experienced by minority and immigrant communities. ... Read more»

New Arizona program hires parents to care for their medically fragile children

Amid a nursing shortage, Arizona became the third state in the nation to allow people to be trained and hired by home health agencies as licensed health aides to care for family members under 21 who qualify for long-term, around-the-clock care. ... Read more»

Judge blocks federal vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states

Enforcement of the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for millions of health care workers was blocked in 10 states on Monday, after a ruling by a federal judge in Missouri.... Read more»

Ducey lauds start of vaccinations, warns of long road ahead with no new restrictions

After touring a site where a group of health care workers will become some of the first people in Arizona to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated the "miracle of modern medicine" that is expected to tame the pandemic, while cautioning the public that the crisis is far from over.... Read more»

CDC panel: Health care workers, nursing home residents should get COVID vaccine first

Health care workers and residents of nursing homes would be the first people in the U.S. to receive COVID-19 vaccines under recommendations approved Tuesday by a federal advisory committee.... Read more»

States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding

Across the hundreds of pages of plans that officials in Arizona and elsewhere sent to the CDC on distributing and tracking the yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccines, there are more questions so far than answers on how exactly vaccine programs will be carried out.... Read more»

Few Arizona mental health providers as COVID-19 spikes anxiety, depression

Arizona ranks close to last in the nation when it comes to available mental health care providers – a problem that’s been underscored during a pandemic that is increasing anxiety and depression.... Read more»

Health experts link rise In Az COVID cases to end of stay-at-home order

An explosion of new infections in Arizona is stretching some hospitals and alarming public health experts who link the surge in cases to the state’s lifting of a stay-at-home order a month ago.... Read more»

Report: Thousands of DACA recipients work on COVID-19 front lines

An estimated 29,000 health care workers in the U.S. are undocumented, according to a recent report, but have remained in this country under the DACA program. A program that the Trump administration is trying to abolish.... Read more»