Disease Detectives Investigating Rise in Valley Fever Cases

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Disease Detectives Investigating Rise in Valley Fever Cases

Every year in the United States approximately 150,000 people are believed to be infected by Coccidioidomycosis, the fungus that causes Valley Fever. It is one of the most commonly reported infectious diseases in Arizona, and our state accounts for 65 percent of all reported cases in the US. Most people that are infected have mild [...]

By | November 10th, 2015|Preparedness|0 Comments

ADHS is published again

Recently, two manuscripts from the ADHS Office of Infectious Disease Services were published in the Journal of Correctional Health Care. These publications described two outbreaks of botulism at an Arizona correctional facility in a 4-month period. Botulism, usually associated with improperly canned foods, causes flaccid paralysis that can lead to death without treatment or supportive [...]

By | November 9th, 2015|Preparedness|0 Comments

USDA’s SNAP-Ed Toolkit will feature the Empower Program

Arizona’s Empower Program has been selected for inclusion in the third revision of SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States (Toolkit) that will be released in November 2015. The Toolkit review process was conducted in partnership with USDA and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR). For the third revision of the Toolkit, more applications [...]

By | November 6th, 2015|General, Prevention|0 Comments

Arizona babies receive good grades in latest Report Card

The March of Dimes released its 2015 Premature Birth Report Card today giving our state a “B” grade. New this year, the annual report card ranked state cities and revealed Arizona has a 9 percent preterm birth rate. The report card grades Arizona cities with the greatest number of births on their 2013 preterm birth rates. [...]

By | November 5th, 2015|Prevention|13 Comments

New Environmental Laboratory Licensure System

A new web application system, Environmental Laboratory Licensure System (ELLS), has been successfully launched for our Bureau of State Laboratory Services. The Office of Laboratory Services divides approved methods to test air particulates or emissions, hazardous and solid waste, safe drinking water and wastewater. There are four types of laboratories which are licensed. They include [...]

By | November 4th, 2015|Prevention|2 Comments

Prevention of Falls among Older Arizonans: A Cornerstone of Healthy Aging

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries, and injury-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations in Arizona for people 65 years of age and older. Falls can result in serious injuries such as fractures and traumatic brain injuries, and in some cases can be fatal. Falls, and the fear of falling, can also [...]

By | November 3rd, 2015|Prevention|2 Comments

Quakes Remind Us to Prepare

As many Arizonans know, a cluster of small earthquakes occurred near Black Canyon City last night causing minor shaking across parts of the state.  Although no major damage or injuries were reported, this seismic event reminds us that emergencies and disasters can occur when and where we least expect it. There are some basic things [...]

By | November 2nd, 2015|Preparedness|0 Comments

Supporting services for refugee populations

For the past two years, CyraCom, one of the leading providers of language interpreting services to healthcare, hosted a language services summit here in Phoenix. The three day summit acted as a platform for healthcare systems to share information related to their language access programs, challenges, and needs seen in various communities in the U.S. [...]

By | October 30th, 2015|Preparedness|1 Comment

Food Safety Tips for Halloween

Halloween is loved by children and adults alike. As Halloween approaches, the Arizona Department of Health Services encourages families to celebrate in a safe and healthy way. Parents should talk to their children about Halloween food safety. Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Inspect [...]

By | October 29th, 2015|General|2 Comments

Transitioning Behavioral Health Services

The only true constant is change, particularly when you are part of a team committed to continuously improving the health and wellness of all Arizonans. October 1 was an important day for the behavioral health system in Arizona with four significant system transformations occurring simultaneously. The Division of Behavioral Health Services, with a lot of [...]

By | October 28th, 2015|Behavioral Health|1 Comment