Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Arizona is becoming the best place to live free of the dangers of tobacco

Arizona continues to be among the nation's leaders in tobacco control and is ranked in the top ten in several categories, including tobacco use among adults, youth, and pregnant women. According to national and state surveys, tobacco use declined in the past year by an estimated 40,000 adults and 13,000 high school aged youth. Likewise, Arizonans are less likely to [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Public Health Laboratory Staff to Present its Biosafety Outreach Program Nationally

The Association of Public Health Laboratories, a national organization dedicated to strengthening laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the United States and globally, has requested that the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory present its biosafety outreach program in a national webinar. Arizona’s highly successful biosafety program includes a variety of activities designed to develop best practices in laboratory safety, [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Leveraging Technology to Improve Vaccine Ordering

We’re always striving for ways to make routine tasks easier and more efficient so we can focus efforts on the things that matter most for the people that we serve. Over the past several years, our immunization program has been strengthening our ability to leverage electronic systems to improve vaccine practices across Arizona . Since 1995, we’ve maintained the Arizona State Immunization Information [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

World Health Organization Declares Zika a Global Emergency

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve noticed a lot of attention on Zika virus, an emerging mosquito-borne disease that’s spreading across the Americas. As of today, no cases of Zika have been found in Arizona, but several other U.S. states are reporting cases of Zika virus in travelers returning from countries where the virus is circulating. On Monday, [...]

By |February 3rd, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Spreading the Word about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Our staff will be hitting the road this week, along with local and federal public health partners, to provide in-person refresher education to healthcare providers about Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These presentations include an overview of the history and epidemiology of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Arizona, clinical presentation, recommendations for diagnosis and treatment, and current prevention efforts from the [...]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Selected 2015 Infectious Disease Stats

This is the time of year when we start closing out all of our infectious disease data from the previous year. That means our epidemiology and data entry staff will be hard at work to identify potential duplicate cases, make sure reported disease cases are classified correctly and similarly between the state and local health departments, and finalize our year [...]

By |February 1st, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments