Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

4,000 Clients Using New Integrated Eligibility Process

In response to client and provider concerns, we have been working with Maricopa County to develop an improved eligibility process for clients participating in the Ryan White and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. These programs are critical to providing care, services, and medication assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS who […]

By | February 21st, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Influenza Case Counts on the Rise in Arizona

Influenza activity is now widespread in Arizona with more than 750 cases reported in Arizona last week. That’s more than double the number of cases from last week. There have been nearly 3,300 lab-confirmed cases reported this influenza season in our state, but we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. […]

By | February 17th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Smoking Can Cause More than Lung Cancer

Most people associate lung cancer with tobacco use, but using tobacco can cause several other types of cancers. Using tobacco increases the risk for cancers of the mouth, lips, nose and sinuses, larynx (voice box) pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, and ovary (mucinous), as well […]

By | February 15th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

WIC Provides a Community of Support

The supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is the nation’s most successful and cost-effective public health nutrition program. The Arizona WIC Program provides free healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding services, and community referrals for income-eligible women who are pregnant or postpartum, infants, and children up to five years old. WIC connects moms with resources outside of […]

By | February 14th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Emergency Drill Tests Response to Public Health Crisis

Our Health Emergency Operations Center activated last week as part of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station annual emergency drill. Federal regulations mandate Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and its emergency response partners conduct regular preparedness drills and exercises. During a public health emergency, the Health Emergency Operations Center activates […]

By | February 13th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments