Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Tips to Help Your Family to Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

Temperatures in Arizona during the summer soar, and heat-related illnesses are common. Anyone can be susceptible to heat-related illness, but those at greatest risk are children under age four, adults over age 65, homeless people, outdoor workers, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications.

Following some simple […]

By | July 20th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Prepare Fruits Safely to Avoid Foodborne Diseases

Summer is here, and that means a new set of seasonal fruit to enjoy. Summertime also means an increased risk for foodborne illnesses, as bacteria multiply faster in warmer temperatures. The last thing you want on a vacation, road trip, or at a backyard barbecue are sick kids. Thankfully, washing fruits thoroughly […]

By | July 19th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Be Prepared for the Start of the New School Year by Vaccinating Your Kids

Parents, are you ready for the new school year?  Meeting teachers, organizing backpacks, and packing lunches are some of the many things you are prepared for, but what about your child’s vaccination status?  As the first day of school approaches, take a quick second to review Arizona’s state mandated immunization requirements for children […]

By | July 18th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

STAND Continues to Thrive as a National Model for Youth Engagement in Public Health

The Douglas City Council voted July 12 to increase the age to purchase tobacco and vaping products from 18 years of age to 21 years of age, which is an initiative known as Tobacco 21 or T21. It is now the second community in Arizona and the first border community within Arizona to do so.

This initiative was brought to the […]

By | July 17th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Opioid Response Update: Updated Data, Naloxone Trainings, Emergency Rule Making

With three weeks of real time data reported to us, there has been 661 possible opioid overdoses in Arizona, with 8 percent of those resulting in death. This is cumulative data since Governor Ducey’s executive order for enhanced surveillance went into effect on June 15. The report for June 15 to July […]

By | July 14th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments