Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Taking Care of your Heart Should be a Year-Round Activity

Our Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, in the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, encourages everyone to make every month heart month. During one of the most visible months we wanted to focus on a not-so-visible threat, hypertension. Also known as high blood pressure, this is a major risk factor […]

By | February 14th, 2018|Prevention|0 Comments

State Loan Repayment Program Launching Electronic Application System

The State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is launching its electronic application system that will improve efficiency in the program. Through the program’s continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts, we recognized that the SLRP paper application is unclear, outdated, and inefficient. For instance, the paper application often results to an incomplete or deficient application and […]

By | February 12th, 2018|Prevention|0 Comments

Updating Healthcare Partners on the State of Infectious Disease in Arizona

On January 19th, our Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) program collaborated with the local Grand Canyon Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) in hosting their annual State of the State meeting. Around 50 infection preventionists and other state partners attended the event, which was held at the Health Services Advisory Group in Phoenix.

This […]

By | February 5th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Reported Influenza Cases Reach H1N1 Pandemic Level

If you haven’t been vaccinated, protect yourself by getting your flu shot today. Just like putting on your seat belt, getting vaccinated can save you a trip to the hospital. If you or your children are sick with influenza, take precautions like staying home when you’re sick and covering your nose and mouth when coughing […]

By | January 31st, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

2015 Healthcare-Associated Infection Data Report Releases

Last week, the CDC released the National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Data Report for 2015 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data.  The National Healthcare Safety Network is the nation’s most widely used Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) tracking system and is being used for care improvement by facilities, states, regions, quality groups, and national public […]

By | January 23rd, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Data Helps Shape Public Health Priorities

ADHS collects huge amounts of data to help understand and address health problems across our state.  The department uses statistics to get insights about how many people in Arizona get Valley Fever each year or where environmental hazards are.  We also use statistics to address causes of disease, finding answers that impact policy and program […]

By | January 18th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments