Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog


Cooking Tips to Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Are you planning on cooking up a Thanksgiving feast tomorrow? Whether you are planning on making everything from the turkey to the pumpkin pies or just some side dishes, follow these tips to make sure the food you prepare is safe to serve: Purchase a thermometer and make sure the cooked turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. When taking [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

Dengue Fever Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Survey for Providers in Arizona, 2014-2015

Dengue fever may call to mind a disease of the tropics, but dengue can actually occur right here in Arizona. Between 2007 and 2013 Arizona reported only 3—10 cases of dengue annually, all travel-associated. In 2014, 93 cases of dengue were reported, a 14-fold increase in cases among Arizona residents. Arizona has the type of mosquito that carries the disease, [...]

By |November 24th, 2015|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

Getting your flu shot protects more than just you

We all know that the best way to protect yourself against the flu is by getting your flu shot each year, but did you know that getting vaccinated can also protect those around you? A recent community-wide study showed that when more younger and middle-aged adults (aged 18-64 years) got their flu vaccine, there were lower rates of flu in [...]

By |November 23rd, 2015|General|0 Comments

Caregivers for People with Alzheimer’s Disease are Critical

There are rapidly expanding number of people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias in Arizona, which challenges our health care and community-based service systems to develop innovative and effective ways to provide high-quality care and services. Currently more than 120,000 Arizonans age 65 and older have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and an estimated 6,000 younger adults have the disease. [...]

By |November 20th, 2015|Prevention|0 Comments

Great American Smoke-Out is Thursday, November 19 The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smoke Out on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting—even for one day—people who smoke will be taking an important step towards a healthier [...]

By |November 19th, 2015|Prevention|0 Comments

21st Annual Four Corners Conference: Learning and Strategizing in Durango

For more than 20 years, public health advocates and clinical practitioners have been meeting in the Southwest to talk about what's new in TB and HIV.  Earlier this month, Arizona’s public health and clinical representatives joined our federal and four-corner-state counterparts in Durango, Colorado. At this 21st conference, presentations ran the gamut from TB case studies, to infectious disease presentations, [...]

By |November 18th, 2015|Prevention|0 Comments