‘Healthcare – Challenges, Opportunities, and Disruptive Technologies’ Will Be The Topic At The Arizona Association for Economic Development’s Phoenix Luncheon

(PHOENIX – Feb. 25, 2020) – “Healthcare – Challenges, Opportunities, and Disruptive Technologies” will be the topic at the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) March luncheon.  It will be held on March 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 2901 N. 7th St. in Phoenix.

A panel of healthcare innovators, featuring Robin Shepard, CNO, CommonSpirit Health, Randy Ray Richardson, M.D., regional associate dean for Creighton University School of Medicine’s Phoenix Regional Campus, and Kandis L. McCafferty, Ph.D., RN, associate professor, coordinator, college of nursing, Creighton University, will address the challenges the industry faces today, opportunities that lie ahead and what technology trends are set to disrupt healthcare in 2020 and beyond.

Julie Johnson, executive vice president of Colliers International, will moderate the panel.

The cost of the luncheon is $50 for AAED members, $65 for non-members and $75 for late registrants. To register, please visit aaed.com/event/march10.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 4 at 10 p.m. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance. For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy and collaboration.

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The way to office productivity is through the stomach

food and office productivity

Long days in the office can be pretty monotonous. What differentiates a productive work environment from one that really doesn’t care about its employees? In short, food.

A study done recently shows that the right kind of food in the workplace can boost productivity. In our office, we subscribe to PIT Shop, which offers boxes of healthy snacks and fruit for the workplace.

Another official essential is coffee. A study found java helps boost productivity levels in the workplace, as well. Healthy snacks and foods, plus a fresh pot of coffee, may just be the secret to ultimate workplace success.

– Kayla Snyder, The Pittsburgh 100

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Hopebridge Pediatric Autism Center expands to Arizona


Hopebridge Pediatric Autism Center will bring approximately 12 locations to Arizona over the next 12 to 18 months. The first locations will open in north Phoenix and Glendale in September 2019, followed by its Tucson East location.

The centers will provide hundreds of children touched by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays with the opportunity to receive life-changing care and services.

This expansion into Arizona will create more than 650 jobs, with a staff consisting of top board-certified behavioral analysts (BCBA), registered behavior technicians (RBT), clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and other industry professionals.

– Dennis May, Hopebridge

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Local nonprofit offers new video discussion series groups for family caregivers

older couple

Duet offers a unique resource for family caregivers in its “Finding Meaning and Hope” video discussion series, launching this week. The 10-week, peer-led group discussion is a free outreach to members of the community who are full-time, part-time or long-distance caregivers.

Based on the groundbreaking book “Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief,” this video series occupies a unique place in the caregiving landscape. By partnering with trained volunteers, Duet is now offering several new “Finding Meaning and Hope” video and discussion groups across Phoenix and Tucson.

– Michelle Everson, Duet

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Arizona kids ranked more physically fit

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Arizona’s kids are doing better than their peers nationally when it comes to physical activity, according to a nationwide report card.

The 2018 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth graded school-age children on nine different indicators, with kids nationwide earning no better than a “C” in any category. Arizona scored slightly better than the national average in six of the nine indicators.

The report comes amid a push to get more physical activity for children, with a new law this year requiring schools provide two recess periods for children from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Arizona Department of Health Services

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New grant will help send addicts to treatment programs

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors accepted a three-year, $1.475 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat opioid addiction.

Named the Unified Medication Assisted Treatment Targeted Engagement Response (U-MATTER), this program will pair peer navigators with counselors to respond with law enforcement when they encounter an individual struggling with substance abuse. Counselors will refer those individuals to community treatment programs as an alternative to jail.

Program funding will also train officers and program staffers in Mental Health First Aid and other techniques proven to be effective in preventing overdose deaths.

– Terrance Cheung, Pima County