Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Licensing Team makes Extreme Improvements to Critical Review Process

trauma-systemOur Health Care Institution Branch Licensing Architectural Team has successfully streamlined processes, maximized resources and reduced the time it takes to review and approve architectural plans and specifications required by rule. This is critically important because architectural plans and specifications must meet the adopted 2010 Facility Guidelines Institute regulations before a […]

By | December 7th, 2016|Licensing|0 Comments

We are Celebrating National Influenza Vaccination Week December 4-10

For millions of people every season, flu causes symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Even more seriously, influenza results in hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths each year.

Luckily, there are vaccines that can help to prevent the flu. How well a […]

By | December 6th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

National Handwashing Awareness Week

image1The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified handwashing as the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water will help protect you from getting sick with things like influenza, a cold, norovirus, and many other unpleasant […]

By | December 5th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Manage COPD With a Strong Support System

More than 330,000 Arizona residents live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but the numbers affected by this serious, chronic lung disease affect more than breathing. A diagnosis of COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, comes with many physical and emotional challenges that can affect the whole family and circle of friends.

From […]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Several Goals Established to Curb HIV in Arizona

worldaidsdayPublic health agencies around the world recognize World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1 to show support for people living with disease, and to remember those who have passed.  The special day was established in 1988 to create an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.

More than […]

By | December 1st, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Vital Records Staff Participate in National Adoption Day

vitalrecords_adoption-003The Maricopa County Superior Court’s National Adoption Day was held at the Durango Juvenile Court Center on Nov. 19. National Adoption Day is an annual event held to raise awareness for more than 100,000 foster-care children nationwide who are waiting to find their forever families. Adoptions for hundreds of children […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Licensing|0 Comments