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Arizona: Health Policy & Advocacy Focus of New Podcast Hosted by Alumna

Policy is one of the most powerful tools public health professionals have to effect positive health changes at a community level.

Ms. Krista R. Cardenas is the creator and host of the new podcast Arizona Common Ground, an eight episode educational series that will take listeners through the legislative process of how a bill is passed in Arizona.

Ms. Cardenas graduated from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in public health policy and management in May. She is a senior instructional specialist with the Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC) in the University of Arizona College of Public Health.

For her internship, Ms. Cardenas shadowed Senator Heather Carter at the Arizona Capitol, to better understand how the legislative system, laws, and processes are carried out. She tracked SB 1089, a Telemedicine bill that requires private insurers to cover the same services provided through telemedicine as they do through in-person care. On April 18, 2019, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1089 into law.

Ms. Cardenas took what she learned and created the podcast to help public health students, health professionals and other citizens interested in health to implement their work at the policy level. The podcasts include personal narratives and case studies from politicians, lobbyists, policy analysts, and public health professors so you can know how to have voice with these legislative issues.

The Arizona Common Ground podcast will be available in July and through the Western Region Public Health Training Center.

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