Support CHER’s efforts to improve health for all.
The quality of our health is crucial to how well we learn, our enjoyment of life, and our power to find and keep a good job. Unfortunately, health disparities in northern Arizona are significant and are related to the region’s rural nature, poverty, and limited access to health and social services. Ninety-one percent of residents live in rural medically underserved areas. More than half of our families live at or below 200% of the poverty level. We also have a rich, diverse population that we need to serve. At least 36% of the population is either Hispanic, American Indian, or non-Hispanic black; 11 tribal nations are located in our region of the state.
Efforts to close the gaps have gotten more attention as higher rates of infant mortality, lower life expectancy, and higher rates of chronic disease for minority and rural populations have become widely recognized. Finding solutions will involve new ways of engaging researchers, healthcare providers, and communities in research which is culturally relevant and respectful, and which provides solid information on which to base conclusions and actions. Training and educating the healthcare and health research workforce in our region is also crucial.
You can help.
Your tax-deductible donation to CHER can support our research and help us bring mentoring and training opportunities to students and providers in the region. Please consider supporting these vital efforts to help those most in need.