Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Across the country domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women aged 15-44. In Arizona last year, 109 individuals and four dogs lost their lives to domestic violence. During the first five months of 2015, there have been 40 documented domestic violence related deaths. Domestic violence does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter what race, age, sexual orientation, religion, […]

By |October 2nd, 2015|General, Prevention|0 Comments

Showcasing successful strategies for collaboration

Our partnership building skills were highlighted at the United States Conference on AIDS on September 13, in Washington, D.C. Our Office of Disease Integration and Services, HIV Prevention Program, and Maricopa County Ryan White Part A Program were selected from a pool of a thousand applicants to facilitate a three hour workshop “Thrown Under the Bus: Strategies for Integrated Planning […]

By |October 1st, 2015|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

Addressing environmental health concerns in the community

Every year our Environmental Toxicology program responds to environmental health concerns and provides communities with epidemiologic and toxicological health assessments. Recently a community member from the town of Superior brought up concerns that contamination from past mining activities could be affecting the health of residents. Superior is a small mining town with a population of about 3,000, located approximately 60 […]

By |September 30th, 2015|General|0 Comments

Newborn screening expands

Newborn Screening month wraps up at the end of September and has served as a time to recognize the great strides we’ve made in screening babies born in Arizona.

Arizona joins 36 other states in implementing a new test for critical congenital heart defect in newborns this year. Newborns in Arizona now have access to non-invasive pulse oximetry screening. This is […]

By |September 29th, 2015|Newborn Screening|0 Comments

Expanded Integrated Behavioral Health Model set to Launch Oct. 1

People with a serious mental illness have increased mortality that is largely from treatable medical conditions caused by risk factors like smoking, obesity, substance abuse, and not accessing primary and acute medical care. Research demonstrates that outcomes are improved for individuals with a serious mental illness when their whole health care, both physical and behavioral, is delivered in an integrated […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Behavioral Health, Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments

Two Projects Earn First Place HEMMY Awards

Every year the Arizona Public Health Association presents the Health Education Media Maker Yearly (HEMMY) Award to recognize achievements in health education. I’m happy to announce that our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and our Diabetes Program both won first place awards.

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program earned a first place award for the Childhood Lead Screening- A Guide for Professionals campaign.

The Diabetes Program won […]

By |September 25th, 2015|Preparedness, Prevention|1 Comment