Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog


Vital Records Staff Participate in National Adoption Day

The Maricopa County Superior Court’s National Adoption Day was held at the Durango Juvenile Court Center on Nov. 21. National Adoption Day is an annual event held every year to raise awareness for adoption. Adoptions for hundreds of children are finalized on this special day. This year 295 children were adopted. Our Bureau of Vital Records Birth Registry Team have [...]

By |November 27th, 2015|General|0 Comments

Safer Foods Save Lives: You Can Play a Role

There has been on average 24 multistate outbreaks reported each year since 2010, each involving two to 37 states. In Arizona, just in the last few months, we have helped investigate several notable multistate outbreaks including: Salmonella associated with cucumbers, raw ground tuna and a truffle and mushroom product. Teamwork is crucial to a rapid response to a foodborne outbreak [...]

By |November 26th, 2015|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

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