Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Arizona State Hospital Updates

Our state hospital team has really been working hard over the past few months! In May of 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services completed an inspection of the hospital and provided us with a report of their findings. With a new leadership team in place, they’ve been busy putting together a plan of action to address and improve all of the areas […]

By |July 23rd, 2015|Behavioral Health|0 Comments

Swim Safe Arizona

We are now well into the hot summer months and, with frequent excessive heat warnings, Arizonans are cooling off by splashing into pools and water parks around the state.  Swimming has many health benefits , but it’s important to practice safe swimming in order to avoid injury or illness. Recreational water illnesses (RWIs)  are caused by swallowing water or breathing […]

By |July 15th, 2015|Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments

First West Nile Case Confirmed in Maricopa County

On Tuesday, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in Arizona this season. West Nile virus can cause severe illness, although only about 20% of those infected will develop any symptoms at all, usually flu-like: fever, headache, body aches, and muscle weakness. We distributed a joint news release to help spread […]

By |July 10th, 2015|General|1 Comment

New HIV Data Released

We recently published our HIV/AIDS Integrated Epidemiologic Profile, which includes data from 2009-2012 and contains information about comorbidity of HIV with other infectious diseases like tuberculosis, valley fever, and some STDs.  In comparison to other states, Arizona’s case count is average.  As of 2013, 15,798 people in Arizona were living with HIV/AIDS and 730 Arizonans were newly diagnosed.  Most of Arizona’s […]

By |July 8th, 2015|General|0 Comments

Keep Food Safe at Holiday Celebrations this Summer

Summertime is the season for pool parties, barbecues, picnics and other outdoor family fun. These events are a great opportunity to get together with friends and family and share a meal.  However, our hot outdoor temperatures can result in the rapid growth of dangerous bacteria on food, which could lead to foodborne illness.  Did you know that one out of six […]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Preparedness, Prevention|3 Comments

Diabetes Program Launches Text-Based Engagement Program

Our Diabetes Program has launched a mobile health patient engagement program for the first time in Arizona.  This initiative will target patients with diabetes or diabetes risk factors, as well as at-risk women and children, through the use of automated text messaging.

In partnership with Adelante Healthcare, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), we will use text-message based technology to engage […]

By |July 1st, 2015|Prevention|1 Comment