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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 2014, Arizona Family Health Partnership-provided Title X services prevented an estimated 6,800 unintended pregnancies, which would have resulted in 3,370 unplanned births, 2,320 abortions, and 1,110 miscarriages.

AFHP-provided Title X services prevented a combined total of over 500 cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections.

AFHP-provided Title X services resulted in a total net savings of over $56 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:

Karilyn Van Oosten, M.A., President
Sandra Erickson, J.D., Vice President
Adela E. Jiménez, C.P.A., Secretary/Treasurer
Hilary Mahoney, M.P.H., Immediate Past President

Voting Members at Large:

Jovanna Anzaldua
Julie Prue Cauich
Mario Diaz
Gerry Garvey
Jonathon Gonzales
Tanya Luther
Audra Koester Thomas
Robert McCright
Beth Meyer
Jameela Norton
Jonathan Pinkney
Jody Ryan

Chief Executive Officer

Brenda L. Thomas, MPA brings over two decades of management experience with State Agencies, the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, non-profits and electoral campaigns to Arizona Family Health Partnership. Ever committed to expanding access to reproductive healthcare and education, Brenda served as a dedicated member of the partnership’s Board of Directors for six years—and as president of the board from 2008-2010—before leading the organization as CEO.

Director 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.

Director of Program and Evaluation

Lisa Anne Schamus has worked in teen pregnancy and HIV prevention, family planning, women’s and children’s health, and managed care for over 18 years. Schamus has extensive experience in health services research and evaluation, and has a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in epidemiology. Schamus oversees Arizona Family Health Partnership’s program managers, family planning program and related projects, including a preconception care initiative.

Assistant Director of Program and Evaluation

Jennifer Min has a Master of Science degree in Public Health and over ten years of experience in program management as well as data analysis and reporting within the field of maternal and child health.

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.

Program and Community Outreach Coordinator

Bari Sprecher, MPH, has a Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Behavior & Health Promotion. She has several years of experience with community outreach for a variety of organizations and is passionate about prevention education, community outreach, and making quality family planning and reproductive health care services available for all.

Business Coordinator

Lucila (Lucy) James has been with Arizona Family Health Partnership for three years and has over 20 years of accounting experience. She is responsible for accounting and payroll administration in accordance with Title X, as well as assisting the program managers with special projects.

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.

Communications and Administrative Coordinator

Savannah Bingham, a Wisconsin native, has been with the Arizona Family Partnership for over 2 years. She is responsible for supporting the CEO, directors, and program managers and manages AFHP’s social media and special events. She is currently studying to become a nurse and dreams of becoming a nurse midwife.

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