About Arizona Family Health Partnership

Arizona Family Health Partnership is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to making reproductive healthcare and education available and accessible to all women, men and teens in Arizona, even if they lack health insurance or money. With greater access to the services we provide, Arizona families will be healthier and stronger for generations to come.

In 2018, Arizona Family Health Partnership-provided Title X services prevented an estimated 5,890 unintended pregnancies, which would have resulted in 2,770 unplanned births, 1,990 abortions, and 1,130 miscarriages.

AFHP-provided Title X services prevented an estimated 630 chlamydia infections, 40 gonorrhea infections, 70 cases of pelvic inflammatory disease and 10 cases of infertility.

AFHP-provided Title X services resulted in a total net savings of over $49 million in gross costs related to maternal and birth related care.

Every $1.00 of public funding spent on contraceptive and preventive health services in the US saves $7.09 in Medicaid costs for pregnancy and infant care. Every $1.00 of public funding spent on contraceptive and preventive health services in Arizona saves $11.27.

Mission Statement:

The Arizona Family Health Partnership provides, promotes and protects access to comprehensive quality reproductive healthcare services and education for all Arizonans, regardless of income, through its support and monitoring of regional healthcare providers.

Vision Statement:

Universal access to quality reproductive health care services.

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Arizona Family Health Partnership is guided by a statewide Board of Directors. The board members oversee our direction and operating budget, and they support us in carrying out our mission and raising funds:

Executive Committee:

Audra Koester Thomas, M.A., President
Jovanna Anzaldua, Vice-President
Julie Prue Cauich, C.P.A., Secretary/Treasurer

Voting Members at Large:

Erica Freese
Jonathon Gonzales
Maureen Howell
Candace Lew
Robert McCright
Kathy Nakagawa
Jonathan Pinkney
Lisa Sampsell

Chief Executive Officer

Brenda L. “Bré” Thomas, MPA brings to Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP) more than 25 years of dynamic and proven leadership experience working with non-profit organizations, state agencies, the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families as well as for electoral campaigns. Fully committed to expanding access to reproductive healthcare and education, Bré served as a dedicated member of the AFHP Board of Directors for six years—and as president of the board from 2008-2010—before assuming responsibilities as the organization’s CEO.

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Manuel E. Ferreiro is a senior financial executive with more than 20 years experience with for-profit and non-profit organizations.  Before joining AFHP, Manny was the Chief Financial Officer at Adelante Healthcare in Phoenix and prior to that he spent 11 years with the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc., in Lawrence, MA.  Previously, he was with the Gillette Company in Boston. Manny earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Financial Planning Diploma from Boston University.

Vice President of Program and Evaluation

Jennifer Min holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado.  Her professional experience includes more than ten years in program management as well as data analysis and reporting in the field of maternal and child health.  She previously worked at the Arizona Department of Health Services as an Injury Epidemiologist and Research Manager.  Jennifer has been with the Arizona Family Health Partnership for over six years, currently administering and overseeing contracts with delegate agencies, providing technical assistance with data needs, managing data systems, conducting needs assessments, evaluating fiscal and program activities, and supervising program staff.

Program Manager

Dania Garcia has worked in the nonprofit healthcare field for numerous years, focusing primarily on program management and health center administration. Clinic efficiency and program evaluation are Dania’s key interests.

Clinical Program Manager

Kristin Stookey, CRNP is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of experience providing reproductive health services to women, men, and teens. Her education includes Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, Harbor UCLA Nurse Practitioner Program and University of Phoenix. Prior to joining AFHP she was a Title X provider at Planned Parenthood Arizona specializing in all methods of contraception, well-screening physicals, and STD diagnosis and treatment. Her passion is reproductive education and accessible contraception to all.

Adolescent Health Program Manager

Tracy Pedrotti, MPA is excited about joining Arizona Family Health Partnership to develop a program building the capacity of health centers to improve the quality of care provided to adolescents. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and has more than 13 years’ experience in adolescent-centered services. Throughout her career, Tracy has been dedicated to supporting youth and the professionals working with them to enhance adolescent wellbeing. She enjoys reading, planning celebrations, and hiking with her husband and two young sons.

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Andrea Fischer, MPH, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management and a Master of Science degree in Public Health. Her most recent work experience at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago included internal auditing and policy revision. She has gained international experience in the field of public health by conducting research on child stunting in the Philippines, implementing a program focused on newborn resuscitation training in Sierra Leone and interning within the Quality Systems and Resilience unit at the World Health Organization. Her passion is to ensure community members are aware of resources available to them and knowledgeable of how they can be accessed, with special regards to the field of family planning and reproductive health.

Medical Director

Sharon Thompson, MD, MPH, has a Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and completed her medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She recently completed her postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Harvard affiliated/integrated Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital residency program. Dr. Thompson provides consultation to Arizona Family Health Partnership concerning clinical aspects, medical protocols, standards of care, and quality assurance activities.

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