Arizona Department of Health Services is closed today in observation of Columbus Day

/Arizona Department of Health Services is closed today in observation of Columbus Day/

Youth Coalition Selected as One of Nation’s Best by CDC

The CDC has chosen the Students Taking A New Direction (STAND) as one of only two national models for youth prevention efforts to be featured in the revised CDC Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement–State and Community Interventions. STAND is a youth prevention program with more than 250 middle and high school youth participating in [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

October Health Walks Raise Awareness and Funds for Cancer Prevention

There are several special events taking place in October that provide us with great opportunities to get active with our families and friends. The annual events help raise funds for non-profit organizations that help people with treatment of certain cancers, and to find a cure for cancer. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

New Treatment Recommendations Released

Tuberculosis (TB) experts recently released new treatment recommendations for health care providers treating patients with drug susceptible TB. It has been thirteen years since new treatment guidance was released. Updated recommendations for drug resistant TB are also in the works. The United States Preventive Service Task Force just released a new recommendation encouraging providers to [...]

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

More than 200,000 Quit Smoking in the Last Five Years in Arizona

Last week we announced that the adult smoking rate in Arizona is at an all-time low. New data from the CDC shows the 2015 adult smoking rate in Arizona dropped to a historic low of 14 percent, down from 19.3 percent in 2011. This decrease translates to more than 200,000 Arizonans who quit smoking over [...]

By | October 4th, 2016|Prevention|1 Comment

ADHS Developing First Community Report on Childhood Cancer in Arizona

The Arizona Cancer Registry and the Office of Cancer Prevention and Control are teaming up to compile the first community report on childhood cancer data and resources in the state. This report will share state and national-level data and seek to offer a list of resources for families battling a childhood cancer diagnosis. This report [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Lighting the State Capitol Purple Brings Awareness to Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Abusive behavior can be physical, emotional, sexual, economic and/or psychological and often results in long term public health and social ramifications for the victim(s), including decreased income due to missing work as well as the physical and emotional scars that require healing.  Domestic Violence occurs in all communities and [...]

By | September 30th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Proper Temperatures Are Critical to Keeping Food Safe

In observance of Food Safety Education Month, we have been covering the four keys to food safety, which are Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill. This week, we will learn more about the final key: Chill. Keeping food at the right temperature prevents bacteria from rapidly multiplying in food and making us sick . Most foodborne illness-causing [...]

By | September 29th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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