Tucson health briefs

2013-12-02T00:00:00Z Tucson health briefsStephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tues. event to explain health-care enrollment

A free public seminar, “How to Enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace,” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.  Tuesday at the Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St. 

The seminar will address the health insurance marketplace, who the Arizona insurance carriers are, how to determine if you are eligible for a subsidy and how to enroll. Navigators from the Tucson Urban League and the Pima County Access Program (PCAP) will be on hand to answer enrollment questions.

Event collaborators include the Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission, Quincie Douglas Library, Tucson Urban League and PCAP. Alison Hughes retired University of Arizona public health faculty member and immediate past women’s commission chair, will speak. She will be joined by Debra Johnson, Urban League navigator and a women’s commission member, along with other navigators or counselors, to assist with enrollment. No reservation is necessary. For further information check the following websites:

www.pima.library.gov 

www.pimatucsonwomen.org 

www.tucsonurbanleague.org 

www.mypcap.org/ 

3 UA doctors to speak at TEDx event here

Three faculty members from the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center are scheduled to speak at Tucson’s Fourth annual TEDx event Friday. 

TEDx is a locally organized version of the global Technology, Entertainment, Design conferences.

AHSC speakers include Dr. David G. Armstrong  , professor of surgery and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance; Dr. Allan Hamilton  , executive director of the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center; and Dr. Esther Sternberg  , director of research and professor at the UA Center for Integrative Medicine.

The event is at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St.  Tickets are $21 or $10 for students and are on sale at the Rialto box office or at www.ticketfly.com/event/391065 

UA doctor honored

for cystic fibrosis work

University of Arizona pediatrics professor Dr. Wayne Morgan  was recently honored by the national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for his work on the genetic disease.

Morgan is an internationally-acclaimed physician-scientist with the UA’s Steele Children’s Research Center and the Arizona Respiratory Center who has provided clinical care to children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary diseases for more than 35 years. His research interests include asthma, cystic fibrosis and sleep medicine. He has worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for more than 30 years.

The foundation’s Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award  , given to Morgan in Salt Lake City recently, is the most prestigious award given by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to a clinician, according to Michele Murphy  , executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Southern Arizona.

Among other things, Morgan chaired an epidemiological study of cystic fibrosis that collected data from 1993 to 2006 on more than 20,000 patients and has led to more than 45 publications.

He is also a faculty member of the UA Pediatric Pulmonary Center, one of only six such programs in the nation.

In addition, he’s the founding chairman of the foundation’s Data Safety Monitoring Board, which oversees clinical research to maintain scientific integrity and participant safety, and co-directs the foundation-funded Tucson Cystic Fibrosis Center.

Mental health support is focus of 3 sessions

The Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) is hosting three upcoming events that focus on training and care for mental health disorders in a variety of age groups.

All courses are free and open to the public, and will be at the CPSA Training Center at Plaza Arboleda, 2502 N Dodge Blvd.  The trainings are as follows:

— “Youth Mental Health First Aid” is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Thursday.  The two-day community-focused training is intended to provide information on identifying the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and crises in youth.

— Poverty, Mental Health, and Aging: Implications for Practice with Older Adults is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.  This training will examine the prevalence of poverty in the older adult population, as well as the most common mental health issues among older adults. The relationship between poverty and mental health issues in older adults will be explored. This event is presented by Dr. Teri Kennedy of Arizona State University.

— “Mental Health First Aid” is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.  The course teaches members of the public to recognize when a person is showing symptoms of mental illness or a mental health crisis, and to provide immediate help.

Compiled by Stephanie Innes and Caitlin Schmidt. Reach the reporters at sinnes@azstarnet.com

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