Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Transforming Arizona Government: Improving Licensing Services

As part of our agency transformation effort, we’ve been working hard on identifying and measuring what matters in our agency so we can move towards improvement in every area. We have one of broadest missions of any agency. Just tracking all the various programs and ways we work towards our mission is an incredible task. Public Health Licensing has developed [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|Licensing|0 Comments

Free Trainings to Learn about Adolescent Brain Development

Adolescence is a critical developmental period that can have a significant impact on a person’s life course therefore, it is essential that those working with young people are better able to understand and connect with them. This is even more important when working with youth who have experienced any form of trauma. Our Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health is [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Biomonitoring Projects Tests for Potentially Harmful Chemicals

Every day we are exposed to a variety of chemicals in the environment through breathing, eating, and drinking. Some chemicals can even be absorbed through the skin. Similar to lab tests performed at your doctor’s office, biomonitoring is a specific type of test to measure chemicals in a person’s bodily fluids or tissues . Learning about the levels of chemicals [...]

By | May 3rd, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

New Public Awareness Campaign Encourages Families to be Physically Active

This week the Arizona Nutrition Network is launching a new public awareness campaign called “Put a Little Play Into Your Day” to increase physical activity throughout Arizona. The effort is an important step in addressing obesity, one of Arizona’s leading health priorities identified in the Arizona Health Improvement Plan. We know that physical activity, at least 60 minutes [...]

By | May 2nd, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

AzHIP Cross-cutting Strategies Webinar & Follow-Up Work Sessions

During the development of the Arizona State Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP), workgroups identified strategies that would cut across several of the leading health issues, impacting one or more of them. These cross-cutting strategies target worksite wellness, school health, and the Built Environment. Last week, we hosted a webinar with leadership partners from the Arizona Department of Education, Vitalyst Health Foundation, [...]

By | April 29th, 2016|General|0 Comments

April is STD Awareness Month

Did you know that chlamydia is the most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States and in Arizona? Did you know that gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States and in Arizona? In 2014, a total of 1,441,789 cases of chlamydia and 350,062 cases of gonorrhea were reported to the CDC. Of those, 31,750 chlamydia cases and [...]

By | April 28th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments