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Maricopa Integrated Health System
Grants and Research Final Reports

Annual Compendium Reports 

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Building a Culture of Health in Our Community: As the United States and Arizona health systems transform, MIHS, as the only public teaching hospital and health care system in Arizona, plays a key role in building a culture of health in our community. MIHS participates in a wide range of activities for new medications and devices, and addresses conditions, behaviors and socio-economic factors. These activities drive better health for individuals and communities while reducing costs.

The MIHS Grants and Research Departments seek high-impact funding opportunities to support a wide variety of activities across our healthcare system. These activities address many of the social determinates that so often stand as barriers to optimal health, healthy people, and healthy communities.

Bridging Community Needs with Community Partners: MIHS has expertise in improving health and building strong relations within our community and other health care systems. MIHS is fortunate to collaborate with community partners from the public and private sectors, philanthropic and educational communities, research, non-profites, and associations that have invested time and resources in assisting us build a culture of health in our community.

Working in close collaboration with departments across the MIHS continuum of care, we manage initiatives aimed at providing innovative, cutting-edge care provided through grants and fostered through research. Improving the health and quality of life of our patients is, and always will be, the focus of all we do. Throughout this year's Compendium are but a few examples of the tremendous work supported by the Grants and Research Departments.

You can read the full Compendium here.

Read the Compendium highlights here. 


Scientific research is the basis for advancing medical treatment. Without research, and without the publication of the results, we would not know about healthcare disparities or how to combat them. Contained in this report are over 100 publications from MIHS and DMG physicians, residents, and staff which address both the causes of and the solutions to health disparities.

You can read the full Publications Report here.


Activity is the point at which action (doing something) meets theory (why we do something). This report includes more than 300 activities related to grants and research undertaken by Maricopa Integrated Health System and District Medical Group in the twelve month period that ended June 30, 2016. The Activities Report is forthcoming.

Health Literacy Project: Joining Forces of Criminal Justice and Medicine (September 2014-July 2015)

Collaboration between MIHS, Maricopa County Adult Probation, Enroll America, and HandsOn Greater Phoenix AmeriCorps VISTA program began in September 2014 to improve health literacy in the adult probation population, and to provide resources and assistance for enrollment and retention in health coverage. Utilizing MIHS’ health literacy curriculum, all partners came together to decide on learning objectives, outreach methods, and class content modifications to empower the adult probation population in making better and more informed decisions about their health. During the project timeline, 526 participants were targeted in 55 classes. The classes were held at six different APD sites in Maricopa County. The classes resulted in a 23% increase in knowledge related to health coverage terms and health coverage program definitions, and at the end of classes, 98.9% believed that it was important to have a doctor compared to 68.9% at the start of the classes. Lastly, 95.25% of participants found the classes satisfactory.

You can read the full report of the health literacy project here.
You can also view the report in a presentation format here. 

 Health Literacy Project Ryan White Part A (2014-2015)

MIHS and Ryan White Part A anticipated that individuals may not understand the language of health coverage and began their partnership in September 2014 to improve health literacy in populations of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Utilizing MIHS’s existing health literacy curriculum, the two parties decided on learning goals and priorities, outreach methods, and class content modifications to empower PLWHA. The team provided training in both English and Spanish to 357 participants during 30 two-class sessions. The initial courses resulted in a 17% increase in health literacy knowledge related to basic health coverage and maximizing benefits to remain healthy. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of participants rate the course satisfactory. 

This health literacy program is funded, in whole or in part, by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2011, and the Maricopa County Department of Employee Benefits and Health. This program received the NACo Health Achievement Award, click here to read more.

Full report of the health literacy project
Report in a presentation format
Descriptions of the two health literacy training modules 
Demographic questions asked in the health literacy training classes
Pre- and post-test questions asked in the health literacy training classes

MIHS Adopts a Culture of Coverage: Helping Individuals Access Health Care by Enrolling in Arizona Medicaid or the Health Insurance Marketplace (2013-2014) 

With the onset of health care reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the restoration and expansion of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), MIHS chose to transform how health care coverage information was delivered to our customers. MIHS embraced a Culture of Coverage and provided resources to identify, inform, educate, and assist our community members with insurance enrollment. For Open Enrollment Year One, our goal was to help 10,000 individuals submit applications to AHCCCS or the Marketplace over a 6-month period. We successfully assisted over 10,340 individuals submit applications, exceeding our goal.

You can read more about our ACA efforts for Open Enrollment Year One here.

The “Cover” Story at MIHS Continues: Helping Individuals Access Health Care by Enrolling in Arizona Medicaid or the Health Insurance Marketplace (2014-2015)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now embedded within the framework of our health care system. During the Open Enrollment period for Year 2, millions of Americans who were uninsured now have access to high-quality and affordable health coverage. MIHS continued to embrace a Culture of Coverage and built upon the infrastructure created in Open Enrollment Year One to increase our ability to assist our community members enroll or re-enroll in health coverage they need. We assisted nearly 37,000 individuals submit applications to AHCCCS or the Marketplace during the second Open Enrollment period. 

You can read more about our ACA efforts for Open Enrollment Year Two here. 

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