Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Children’s Oral Health a Leading Health Issue in Arizona

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in Arizona. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. In 2015, the Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health, Office of Oral Health completed the Healthy Smiles Healthy Bodies Survey, a statewide survey on the oral [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

ADHS Staff Participate in Hunger Action Month Social Media Campaign

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks in all 50 states is asking each of us to take steps to bring an end to hunger. Hunger Action Month, which is observed in September, is designed to bring awareness of the fact that 48 million Americans, including 15 million children, are food insecure, according to the United States Department of [...]

By | September 27th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Bureau of Vital Records Participates in National Data Sharing Program

This week the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released the 2015 birth data file and accompanying data brief “Births in the United States, 2015.” This report plays a significant role in public health program planning and funding throughout the nation. Our Bureau of Vital Records participated with vital records departments from across the country by submitting data transmissions to [...]

By | September 26th, 2016|Licensing|0 Comments

Food Safety Education Month Tips: Always Cook to Proper Temperature

Studies have shown that Americans know food safety is important, but they have also shown we need to be better informed about what food safety looks like in practice. There are four keys to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill. I’ve already discussed the importance of cleaning and separating. This week, we will learn more about the third key: Cook. [...]

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

New Online Portal Helps Streamline Speech and Hearing Testing Documentation Process

Last September our Licensing team rolled out the online renewal portal for speech and hearing professionals that allows almost 5,000 hearing aid dispensers, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists statewide complete the renewal application electronically, upload documents, and submit an online payment. In addition to quicker submission by licensees, the improvement has helped the licensing staff drastically reduce processing time-frames to an [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Licensing|0 Comments

Join the Global Conversation about Antibiotic Resistance This Week

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are the germs that don’t respond to the drugs developed to kill them. Such germs threaten to return us to the time when people used to die from simple infections. Today, antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths every year in the United States. High levels of antibiotic resistance have been found in all regions [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments