Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

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

Healthy People Building Healthy Communities Across Arizona

The Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP) Steering Committee, an advisory group of 20 statewide leaders (which I’m fortunate to co-chair), met last week to discuss progress on the working draft for the AzHIP and Arizona’s leading health priorities. As a refresher, the purpose of the Arizona Health Improvement Plan is to move the dial on important health outcomes. The priorities were […]

By |August 20th, 2015|General|0 Comments

New Campaign Highlights Safe Sleep Awareness

Today ADHS, the Safe Sleep Task Force, and several community partners launched a new public awareness campaign to teach parents and care givers of infants about safe sleeping environments. The numbers show heartbreaking statistics. In 2013, 74 infants died suddenly and unexpectedly, often referred to as SUID—sudden unexpected infant death. The cause of death for 64 of the children occurred while the […]

By |August 18th, 2015|Prevention|0 Comments