Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New policy for Native American delayed birth certificates in place

New policy for Native American delayed birth certificates in place
Policy offers temporary solution, future legislation will be necessary

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Recently the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that there is a new, streamlined process to help Native Americans born before 1970 receive delayed birth certificates.

Before Department of Health Services Director Will Humble approved this temporary administrative solution, some of our country’s original Native American citizens – born at home or in the care of a traditional midwife in one of Arizona’s rural, remote Indian Nation areas – have been unable to obtain a state birth certificate. This made it difficult for some Native Americans to get a driver’s license, a social security card or to prove residency.

“Over the last few months, we’ve been working with tribal governments to develop a procedure to make it easier for elder tribal members to use their tribal documents to get a delayed birth certificate,” Humble said.  “We crossed the finish line ... when we adopted a new Substantive Policy Statement that outlines and streamlines the process for tribal elders.”

Previously, getting a delayed birth certificate required producing four separate forms of verification that a person was born at a specific time and place. The more time that passed from the date of birth to the time a delayed birth certificate is sought, the harder it often became to produce the required documentation.

Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), and community leaders from across the state developed a new process that requires less documentation.

“Native Americans are the first Americans. They are citizens of the United States and the state of Arizona. It is their right to have access to this basic documentation needed to enjoy the rights and privileges afforded to citizens of this country,” Hale said.

Officials from the Arizona Department of Health Services have been working with Hale and other legislators, Indian Nation representatives, and county officials, including Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler (District 5) to develop the streamlined process for Indian Nation citizens to use in obtaining a delayed birth certificate.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Fowler said. “I’m glad it’s finally here. This will help lots of people.”
  
Hale added that because this solution is temporary, he plans to work with other legislators to introduce a bill that will solve the problem permanently.

“This new policy is an indication of the progress we’ve made, but it is only temporary,” Hale said. “The solution will require legislative action and I am happy to work with my colleagues at the Capitol to ensure that there is a lasting solution.”

Information on the new policy can be found here,


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Statement from Steele on the completion of ‘NI’ child safety reports

Statement from Steele on the completion of ‘NI’ child safety reports


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Victoria Steele, D-Tucson (District 9), released this statement regarding the announcement that the uninvestigated reports of potential child abuse or neglect discovered in 2013 have been investigated and closed.

“There were more than 6,000 reports of child abuse or neglect that needed to be investigated, and I am grateful that each of these incidents has finally been resolved. Protecting the state’s most vulnerable children should always be a priority, and we need to ensure that a situation like this never happens again. I have high hopes that the new Department of Child Safety, which replaced the overwhelmed Child Protective Services, will continue to embrace transparency and accountability.

“While today’s news is good, we have to remember there is still a lot of work to do. The Department of Child Safety has a substantial backlog. That backlog will remain an issue until prevention and support services get more resources. By investing in these services, we can help more families avoid crisis.

“I am encouraged by the progress and reforms that have been made, and I am committed to finding additional ways to strengthen our state’s safety-net programs.”


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cardenas, community leaders bringing Fit in the Middle program to students

REMINDER: Cardenas, community leaders bringing Fit in the Middle program to students
Fun, fitness-focused activities for elementary schools 


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix (District 19), is partnering with community leaders and schools to bring Fit in the Middle, an eight-week fitness program, to elementary students in his legislative district.

“Childhood obesity is a problem the entire country is facing. Nationally, only eight percent of elementary schools provide daily physical education,” Cardenas said. “We’ve been working with school and city officials, business partners and other community leaders to give kids a chance to exercise at school and to see that it can be fun.”

Cardenas and other elected officials are coordinating a series of kick-off events for the program at four local schools. The activities will include exercise, an obstacle course and prizes. Parents are also invited to attend the events. 

When: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
2 – 3 p.m.               
Where:    Porfirio H. Gonzales Elementary School 
                9401 W. Garfield St. 
                Tolleson, AZ 85353
Who:       Rep. Mark Cardenas
                Members of the Tolleson Fire Department 
                Members of the Tolleson Police Department 

When:     Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 
                2 – 3 p.m.
Where:    Sheely Farms Elementary School
9450 W. Encanto Blvd. 
Phoenix, AZ 85037       
Who:       Rep. Mark Cardenas
                Phoenix City Mayor Greg Stanton
                Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela
                Members of the Phoenix Fire Department 
                Members of the Phoenix Police Department
                D. Baxter the Bobcat, the Arizona Diamondbacks Mascot 
                        
When:     Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 
10 – 11 a.m. 
Where:    Arizona Desert Elementary School
8803 W. Van Buren St. 
Tolleson, AZ 85353
Who:       Rep. Mark Cardenas
                Members of the Tolleson Fire Department 
                Members of the Tolleson Police Department 
                        
When:     Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
                2 – 3 p.m.
Where:    Sun Canyon Elementary School
8150 W. Durango St. 
Phoenix, AZ 85043
Who:       Rep. Mark Cardenas
                Phoenix City Mayor Greg Stanton 
                Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski
                Members of the Phoenix Fire Department 
                Members of the Phoenix Police Department
                D. Baxter the Bobcat, the Arizona Diamondbacks Mascot
   
For more information on the Fit in the Middle program, go to www.fitinthemiddle.com. 






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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AmeriCorps to present Mach with National Leadership Award

AmeriCorps to present Mach with National Leadership Award

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Stefanie Mach, D-Tucson (District 10), is one of only 20 AmeriCorps alumni from across the nation who will receive a National Leadership Award from the organization as part of its 20th anniversary celebration.

Nearly a million people have served in AmeriCorps since the organization was founded in 1994.  Mach participated in the AmeriCorps program from 2002 through 2003. She made the decision to dedicate a year of service to her country following the Sept. 11 tragedy. During that year, she responded to a flood disaster with the American Red Cross, taught elementary school children, built hiking trails, assisted with the construction of five homes with Habitat for Humanity and helped to maintain a wildlife preserve.  

“I am so grateful for the experiences I had with AmeriCorps,” Mach said. “This organization helped me embrace my potential for leadership. It taught me that when you work closely with a dedicated team you can accomplish a myriad of difficult tasks. I gained a true understanding of the value of a strong community, the confidence to take on new challenges and lifelong friends who are now like family.”

Mach, and the 19 other award recipients, were selected because of their exemplary commitment to service. On Sept. 12, President Barack Obama will lead a ceremony that will feature recommitment pledges from the alumni at the White House to mark AmeriCorps’ anniversary. Additionally, there will be dozens of events throughout the country.

Mach will receive her award at the Arizona celebration on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 a.m. at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix at 555 N. Central Ave.

“We are inspired by the wealth of talent our national awards competition revealed, proving that those who serve continue to make a difference at the highest levels of public, private and nonprofit leadership,” said AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Directors Mary Bruce and Ben Duda. “AmeriCorps alumni are not just emerging leaders. They are already leading our communities at home and abroad.”

For a full list of award winners, go to http://twenty.americorpsalums.org/meet-americorps-alums. For more information, visit www.AmeriCorpsAlums.org.

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Miranda: ‘Recovering from the floods will take a community effort’

Miranda: ‘Recovering from the floods will take a community effort’


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), today released this statement regarding efforts to repair flood damage in parts of the district she represents.

“Recovering from the floods will take a community effort. Last month, Laveen received nearly four inches of rain, and New River received 6.85 inches of rain, which contributed to flash floods that damaged both homes and businesses in the area. But the people of Arizona are coming together to help, and the business community is stepping up as well.

“Right now, I am working with Home Depot to provide assistance to veterans whose homes are in need of repair. Additionally, Gov. Jan Brewer has requested federal disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration for Maricopa County. I commend the governor’s efforts, Home Depot’s generosity and the hard work and determination of the people of Maricopa County. I am confident that if we continue to work together, we’ll be able to fix the damage done by these floods quickly and efficiently.”


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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Gabaldón to cut the ribbon at Sonoita Sage Clinic grand opening


August 28, 2014                    — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —
by Heather Dodge
Contact 520-732-0598
hsdodge712@gmail.com

Sonoita Sage Clinic Grand Opening Sept 6
         
   A new medical service, Sonoita Sage Clinic, will host their Grand Opening on Saturday, September 6 from
1 to 4 pm.

            Nurse Practitioner Elaine Hooper saw the need for a clinic to serve the most rural areas of Santa Cruz County, and decided to set up the clinic herself.  Once she had gathered her staff and selected the location, she mailed out a survey designed to find out what residents needed and wanted in a local medical clinic. Survey respondents recommended the clinic combine illness / injury treatment and chronic disease management with wellness and nutrition advice and protocols. Hence, the name, Sonoita Sage Clinic, emerged along with the clinic’s mission: to care for the whole person with sage advice and sound skills.
            
“We can’t do everything a big clinic can do, obviously, but we can provide basic medical services, along with wellness guidance, in a widespread area whose residents previously did without, or drove long distances to a hospital or called EMS at great expense,” Mrs. Hooper commented. “We think the Sonoita Sage Clinic will fill this gap and also be able to improve community health through our wellness workshops.”

            The Grand Opening ribbon cutting will be performed by Rosanna Gabaldón, Arizona State Representative, who will talk about the importance of immunizing children.

Andrea Dalessandro, Arizona State Senator, will also attend and will speak on the health care needs of a predominantly older population in this corner of Santa Cruz County.

Guests will enjoy refreshments by The Happy Cookers and Tia Nita’s Cantina, along with fine wines from Kief-Joshua Vineyards. Live musical entertainment will be provided along with clinic tours and a drawing for ten copies of the acclaimed reference book, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Scientific Protocols that Integrate Mainstream and Alternative Medicine.

Sonoita Sage Clinic is located at 3123 AZ HWY 83 in Sonoita, next door to Sonoita Realty. For more information call 520-415-0330 or view the clinic’s services online at www.sonoitasageclinic.com

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Friday, August 29, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Alston Attending Phoenix Children's Hospital's Kickoff to Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Alston Attending Phoenix Children's Hospital's Kickoff to Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month
Rep. Lela Alston, D-Phoenix (District 24), will be attending the following event: