REFERENCE TITLE: Arizona health education centers; increase





State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fourth Legislature

Second Regular Session





HB 2296


Introduced by

Representative Shope





amending section 15‑1643, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to the arizona board of regents.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 15-1643, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-1643.  Arizona area health education system; centers; governing boards; duties

A.  The Arizona board of regents shall establish the Arizona area health education system in the college of medicine of the university of Arizona.  The board shall appoint a system director.

B.  The system shall consist of five six area health education centers administered by the director of the Arizona area health education system.  Each center shall represent a geographic area with specified populations that the system determines currently lack services by the health care professions.  One center shall focus on the Indian health care delivery system.

C.  The Arizona board of regents shall appoint a governing board for each center consisting of not fewer than ten people and not more than twenty people.  Board membership shall consist of health care providers and consumers and shall reflect the ethnic representation of the center's geographic area.  Each governing board shall make recommendations to the director regarding health professionals' educational needs, local program priorities and the allocation of system monies.  Board members are not eligible to receive compensation or reimbursement of expenses.

D.  Each center shall conduct:

1.  Physician and other health professional education programs that consist of any of the following:

(a)  An undergraduate clinical training program.

(b)  A graduate program.

(c)  Postgraduate continuing education.

2.  Programs to recruit and retain minority students in health professions.

3.  Continuing education programs for health professionals.

E.  The director shall submit a written report on or before November 15 of each year to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives.  The report shall contain the following:

1.  The fiscal status of each center.

2.  Information regarding center education, outreach and training programs.

3.  Information regarding placement of health care personnel in areas the director determines are underserved by these professionals.

4.  An assessment of system accomplishments.

5.  Recommendations for possible legislative action.

F.  The system shall provide expertise and administrative services to each center. END_STATUTE