Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Tips for Visiting Friends and Loved Ones in Long-term Care and Assisted Living Facilities During the Holidays

During the holiday season our thoughts often turn to visiting friends or loved ones in long-term care and assisted living facilities. The visits, while strongly recommended by those involved in health care and aging, are sometimes very emotional.

We recommend that Arizonans who visit relatives or friends during the holidays should first plan ahead […]

By | November 21st, 2017|Licensing|0 Comments

Join the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge

Did you know that most of us gain between one and five pounds each holiday season? While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. I invite you to join the Maintain, Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge. This free seven-week challenge will give you tips, tricks, […]

By | November 20th, 2017|General, Prevention|0 Comments

ADHS Programs and Services Help to Increase Rates of Healthy Pregnancies

Every year the March of Dimes releases grades based on the final National Center for Health Statistics data.  Arizona received a “B” grade for the 2017 Premature Birth Report Card. While the preterm birth rate worsened in 43 states in 2016, the rate remained the same in Arizona.

A premature birth is defined as […]

By | November 17th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Arizona Hosts the Second Annual “Protect You and the Zoo from Flu” with Wildlife World Zoo

On Saturday November 18, ADHS and Maricopa County Department of Public Health join in a new partnership with the Wildlife World Zoo to host a free influenza vaccine clinic accompanied with outreach on disease prevention. Last year at the Phoenix Zoo, the “Protect You and the Zoo from the Flu” event was successful in allowing […]

By | November 16th, 2017|General|0 Comments

We’re Celebrating National Rural Health Day

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) joins the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) to commemorate the National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  This day is an opportunity to be informed about rural healthcare in America and to understand that Americans living […]

By | November 15th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Take Time to Learn About the Safe Way to Use Antibiotics

2017 Antibiotic Awareness Week (formerly “Get Smart Week”), November 13 to 19, is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. This week helps to increase awareness of improving appropriate use of antibiotics in communitiesin healthcare […]

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