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The Arizona Association for Healthcare Quality (AzAHQ) is the State Chapter of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). Founded in 1975, the AzAHQ has a current membership of about 150 quality management professionals, functioning in healthcare leadership roles. The AzAHQ’s vision is to be recognized by the Arizona healthcare community as leaders in advancing healthcare Quality. Our mission is to serve as a resource to advance healthcare quality within Arizona, through leadership, education and communication. We value professional growth through education, leadership, customer service, teamwork, and integrity.


2014 President's Message

Welcome to the Arizona Association for Healthcare Quality (AzAHQ)!

Happy 2014, Everyone.  I hope the past year has been successful for you.  My name is Michelle Bagford and I am the new President of the Association for Healthcare Quality of Arizona.

As many of you already know, the Arizona Association for Healthcare Quality (AzAHQ) is changing its name to the Association for Healthcare Quality of Arizona.  The name change is necessary for legal reasons, but the objective of the organization is not changing.  AzAHQ will continue to serve as an organization whose primary responsibility will be to provide education to and promote certification of Healthcare Quality Professionals throughout the state. 

I would like you to encourage your other colleagues to join and participate in this association and learn from national experts and statewide peers.  We have an exciting year planned from an educational perspective starting with Sandra Murray on March 14, a summer program in Flagstaff on July 25 and a November program.  We are hoping that each program this year will build from one another.

Wilfred Petersen said, “Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feed on the ground.  Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.”  This sentiment, while lofty, has in my opinion, been the guiding force of Healthcare Quality Professionals for many years.  As Healthcare Quality Professionals, we have opportunities to impact the lives of healthcare consumers in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, behavioral health and long term care centers, as third party payers, and through policy development.  As I begin my term as the President of the Association Healthcare Quality of Arizona, I’m thrilled to know that my colleagues are working to achieve better healthcare outcomes throughout this state. 

Please welcome the 2014 AzAHQ Board of Directors