The Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network (AzRWHN) first known as the Women’s Health Council began in 2006 as a group of influential leaders across the state concerned about the health disparities facing this group of Arizonans. The purpose of formally organizing the Council was to address the lack of health care information, services, and education provided and/or developed for rural healthcare providers. In 2007, the Council applied for and received funding for a one (1) year Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Planning Grant. It was at this time more partners were brought to the table and the Council formally changed the name to the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network (AzRWHN). Lastly, in 2011 the Network was awarded a three (3) year HRSA Network Development Grant.
AzRWHN members are comprised of statewide leaders whose expertise can be harnessed as a collective power to address, assess, coordinate and respond to the multiple and diverse health issues shaping rural women’s healthcare in Arizona.