Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

After the Storm: Healthy Living Tips

Our state has experienced some powerful storms over the past month with the most recent hitting the Greater Phoenix Area last night. After the storm passes, the threat to public health can continue. Fortunately, there are simple actions you can take to prevent the spread of these health risks, including mosquito-borne disease, flood water runoff and food that has gone […]

By |September 1st, 2015|Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments

Nationally Recognized Empower Program Expands

The reach of Arizona’s Empower Program is expanding to home visiting. The voluntary program was created in 2010 to support licensed Early Care and Education providers. The goal: to empower young children to live a healthy lifestyle. Some of our empowering tips include less screen time for kids, increased physical activity and healthier mealtime foods.

Today, home visiting programs that work […]

By |August 31st, 2015|General|0 Comments

The 2015 Great Arizona Mosquito Hunt

Our vector-borne disease team is partnering with the University of Arizona, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and other local health departments in a project with high schools around the state to learn more about the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito was introduced to Arizona in the past 20 years and can transmit dengue and chikungunya viruses. Both these viruses […]

By |August 28th, 2015|Prevention|0 Comments

National Immunization Survey Released by CDC

This month is National Immunization Awareness Month and we can’t stress enough how important vaccines are to protecting your family, yourself, and those around you. According to the Centers for Disease Control immunizations are one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century.

The 2014 National Immunization Survey for toddlers was released by the CDC today. This report summarizes […]

By |August 27th, 2015|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona’s Surveillance System Goes International

The ADHS MEDSIS Program and Tuberculosis Control Program have teamed up to enhance the already unique relationship with our Sonoran Public Health counterparts. As of June 25, we welcomed CureTB, an international referral agency, onto MEDSIS. The ADHS TB Control Program and Office of Border Health has a long standing relationship working with CureTB in following TB cases and contacts across international borders to achieve completion of […]

By |August 21st, 2015|General|0 Comments

It’s Mosquito Season; Take Precautions to Stay Safe from Diseases

Back in July, Arizona’s first case of West Nile virus was confirmed in Maricopa County. Unfortunately, the disease hasn’t stopped there. We’re continuing to see an increase in mosquito-borne illnesses statewide. So far this year, 46 cases of West Nile virus and 12 cases of Saint Louis encephalitis (another virus spread by the same mosquito that causes West Nile) have been confirmed in Arizona. We expect to see […]

By |August 21st, 2015|Prevention|0 Comments