Healthy Arizona Policy Initiative (HAPI)

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The Health in Arizona Policy Initiative (HAPI) is an Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) component that enhances Policies, Systems and Environmental (PSE) changes to utilize evidence based approaches and address population health needs. Through HAPI, Yuma County Health District seeks to advance policies in the areas of worksite wellness, healthy community design, school health, clinical linkages and the inclusion of children and youth with special health care needs.

Worksite Wellness
Strong evidence exists for the effectiveness of worksite health programs to positively impact the following: Tobacco Use, High Blood Pressure, High Blood Cholesterol, absent days due to illness or disability and psychosocial work factors which are known to cause or exacerbate chronic disease and musculoskeletal disorders. Through evidence based worksite health initiatives linkages have been shown to reduce costs associated with health care.  

Yuma County is a proud recipient of the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP) Silver Level Award.
Healthy Arizona Worksites logo   HAWP Silver Certified logo  
To learn more about worksite wellness efforts, see the following website link:
Healthy Arizona Worksites A Public Health Initiative
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)    


Healthy Community Design
Where schools are located, homes built, and grocery stores located and arranged is all part of a Healthy Community design. Healthy community design links the traditional concepts of planning (such as land use, transportation, community facilities, parks, and open space) with health themes (such as physical activity, public safety, healthy food access, mental health, air and water quality, and social equity issues). 

Healthy Community logo 

           For the Healthy Communities Food Garden Network Seasonal Newsletter, see the following link:          Healthy Communities Food Gardens Network Newsletter June2015

School Health
Promoting healthy and safe behaviors among students is an important part of the fundamental mission of schools, which is to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become healthy and productive adults. Improving student health and safety can increase student’s capacity to learn, reduce absenteeism, and improve physical fitness and mental alertness.
 To learn more about school health and local wellness policy efforts, see the following website link:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Arizona Department of Education:

Clinical Linkages
HAPI assists in creating community clinical linkages to help persons with or at high risk of developing chronic diseases and have increased access to community resources to support and self manage chronic diseases.
 To learn more about community clinical linkages, see the following flyer/brochure English Spanish

The HAPI program initiatives are made possible through collaborative efforts of local community stakeholders and the Yuma County Public Health Services District. To learn more about collaborative efforts and/or including health language in polices, please contact:

Annette Perez, Wellness Coordinator
Yuma County Public Health Services District
Health in Arizona Policy Initiative Program (HAPI)
2200 W. 28th St. Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 317-4580

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