Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Arizona Exercise Focusing on Planning for Pediatric Safety Featured on National Website


This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highlights a December 2015 Arizona preparedness collaboration between ADHS, the Arizona Pediatric Disaster Coalition and Arizona schools. We conducted an emergency preparedness exercise to improve the relationship between hospitals and schools in order to streamline emergency care for vulnerable pediatric populations. Using a whole community approach, local schools, law enforcement, [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

One Health Champions in the Making

More than 40 high school students gathered on August 16 for an interactive One Health Career Exploration Day to learn about the connection between human, animal, and environmental health. The event was led by representatives from the Vector-borne & Zoonotic Disease Program and Food Safety Program at the Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Arizona Department [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona Youth Begin the Annual Hunt for Mosquitoes

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and the University of Arizona will kick-off the second Great Arizona Mosquito Hunt this week. The Great Arizona Mosquito Hunt began as a collaborative project in 2015 to teach high school students about mosquito biology and emerging mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. These emerging diseases [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Do you have a preteen or teen? Protect their future with vaccines.

As parents, we know making sure our kids eat healthy, are physically active, get plenty of sleep, and have regular physicals is crucial to their overall health. But did you also you know preteen and teens need vaccines that protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases like meningitis, whooping cough and cancers caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV)? We’re [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Medical Marijuana Program Processes 750 Dispensary Applications

The Department accepted applications for medical marijuana dispensary registry certificates during the last two weeks in July. In an impressive effort, the team processed 750 applications within a five-day timeframe. We anticipate issuing 31 dispensary licenses after evaluating the complete and compliant applications. The Medical Marijuana Program staff completed the work efficiently and with great attitudes. It could not have [...]

By | August 19th, 2016|Licensing|0 Comments

Take Precautions to Protect your Family and Pets from Rabies

Rabies is a virus spread by the bite of or contact with saliva of an infected animal. The disease causes damage to the nervous system and causes death once symptoms appear. In Arizona, bats, skunks, and foxes are the main sources of rabies. Rabies is not uncommon in Arizona wildlife, and the virus occurs naturally in these animals, usually at [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments