Thursday, September 13, 2012

Arizona Public Health Association names Hobbs ‘Policymaker of the Year’

Arizona Public Health Association names Hobbs ‘Policymaker of the Year’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 15), is the Arizona Public Health Association’s 2012 Policymaker of the Year. She earned the award because of her work to increase access to health care for women and all Arizonans and to improve CPS efficiency.

“Recognition from the AzPHA means a lot to me,” Hobbs said. “House Democrats worked hard this year to protect Arizonans’ access to health care. It is an honor that the AzPHA took notice of that dedication. I am thrilled to receive this award.”

In a letter to Hobbs, AzPHA President Pete Wertheim wrote, “In a year with numerous bills that were introduced to limit access to health care and preventative services, you stood tall and strongly supported heath care services for every Arizonan.”

Wertheim noted Hobbs’ ability to garner bipartisan support for bills including HB 2794, which Hobbs introduced and made Child Protective Services more efficient. He also applauded her support of HB 2472, which expanded access to breast and cervical cancer treatment. Additionally, he commended Hobbs for standing against HB 2625, a bill that limits women’s access to health care.

“We made some progress this year, improving CPS efficiency and access to breast and cervical cancer treatment,” Hobbs said. “We also lost ground when HB 2625 became law. Clearly, there is still a lot of work to be done and I remain committed to increasing access to health care for Arizonans.”

Hobbs will receive the award at the AzPHA Annual Awards and Fundraising Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at the Arcadia Room beginning at 5 p.m. AzPHA is a non-profit organization founded in 1928. It has more than 550 members including health care professionals, state and county health employees, health educators, community advocates, doctors, nurses, students and faculty, and anyone interested in public health issues.

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