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QUITzone Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Arizona applauds our partner in working
toward improving Native Health!

Presented with Certificate of Excellence

The Arizona Department of Health Services presented the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) with a QUITZone Certificate of Excellence at a Great American Smoke Out event on November 20th, 2008. The certificate was presented by Arizona Department of Health Services and the TRUST commission to CEO, RADM Vincent Berkley, DO, MBA, and the PIMC tobacco control management team. This initiative is managed by the HealthCare Partnership at The University of Arizona to recognize health and human service organizations that establish smoke free campuses, are dedicated to the treatment of tobacco dependence, and establish and foster relationships with tobacco control partners within Arizona communities.

These community ties were apparent to both PIMC patients and staff (approx 200) during the award ceremony which featured community partners including American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Arizonans Concerned about Smoking and Native Health, among others who commit to providing tobacco control education and services. PIMC is a recognized leader in tobacco control as it is part of the national tobacco control task force for the entire Indian Health System (IHS). This is especially important in light of the newly released Morbidity and Mortality Report from the Centers for Disease Control (issued November 14th http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5745a2.htm) showing an increase in (national) prevalence among American Indian communities. For this reason it is critical for the nation to look to the Indian Health Service for its innovative strategies to develop policy, foster partnerships and networks, and services to treat tobacco dependence. Arizona applauds our partner in working toward improving Native Health!

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PIMC CEO RADM Vincent Berkley, DO, MBA

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Babek Nayeri, N.D., TRUST Commission Member and Gowri Shetty,
Sr. Epidemiologist, ADHS-BTEP

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Leland Fairbanks, M.D., M.P.H., President Arizonans Concerns About Smoking (ACAS)
and Susan Levy, Adult Day Health Care Center Program Manager with Native Health

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PIMC Tobacco Control Management Team along with Gowri Shetty

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