Expanding the Use of Data to Improve Health

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Expanding the Use of Data to Improve Health

Recently our informatics staff in the Office of Infectious Disease Services partnered with hospital IT staff to add two more hospitals to BioSense, the national syndromic surveillance system. We now have 26 hospitals sharing information about all their emergency department visits, including the chief complaint, diagnoses, and patient demographics. We use BioSense to understand what [...]

By | April 22nd, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Governor Doug Ducey Appoints Three New ABRC Commissioners

Governor Doug Ducey has named three new Commissioners to the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission. The new Commissioners are: John Cover, who will represent the medical community; Howard Eng, who will represent the scientific community; and Cosmo Magliozzi who will serve as a public member. The Commissioners guide the work of ABRC by establishing research priorities and [...]

By | April 21st, 2016|General|0 Comments

Arizona’s First Rabid Domestic Animal in Seven Years

This week, Arizona confirmed a case of rabies in a horse from Santa Cruz County . This is the first case of rabies in a domestic animal in Arizona since 2009. The horse became sick and was eventually euthanized. Public health is assessing the risk of exposure for all people involved in caring for and [...]

By | April 20th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Inaugural Arizona Cord Blood Conference held in Phoenix

On April 7, the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission and University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix held the inaugural 2016 Arizona Cord Blood Conference: Lifeline to the Future. The conference brought together policy makers, patients and their families, researchers, and clinicians together to build awareness of collecting umbilical cord blood and create a cohesive network supporting the Arizona Public [...]

By | April 19th, 2016|General|0 Comments

National Infant Immunization Week

We’re kicking of National Infant Immunization Week this week and are excited to recognize the healthcare providers, public health workers, and parents who protect our babies and communities from preventable diseases through vaccination. Without these immunization champions, our Arizona communities would be at a much greater risk of infectious disease outbreaks. Last week, we celebrated [...]

By | April 18th, 2016|Preparedness|1 Comment

2013 Arizona Native American Trauma Report Released

A joint task force made up of representatives from our department and the Arizona American Indian health care community has released the 2013 American Indian Trauma Report. This report highlights the on-going epidemic of trauma in the Native American Community and offers recommendations to decrease the rate of trauma including, incentivizing and expanding data collection [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

We Are On the Right Track with Vaccine Exemptions

As we kick off our annual Immunization Conference this week, we have some exciting news to share. The proportion of children exempt from vaccines in Arizona continues to decrease slightly compared to last year. Every year, state and local public health staff work with schools to gather immunization and coverage reports for children enrolled in [...]

By | April 14th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

ADHS Reaches Important Accreditation Milestone

Our Core Accreditation Team has been working on preparing thousands of pages of documentation to submit to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and we met our targeted date of March 31st. This would not have happened without the effort of our staff from across the department who provided the Core Accreditation Team with examples, documents, and details up [...]

By | April 13th, 2016|General|0 Comments

Preparing AZ for Zika Virus

On April 1st, a delegation of state and local public health professionals from Arizona joined up with experts across the county at CDC's Zika Action Plan Summit in Atlanta. Arizona has already done quite a bit in preparation for the arrival of Zika virus in Arizona, including developing response plans, meeting monthly with state and [...]

By | April 12th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

April 10 through 16 is the National Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)​ that celebrates early learning, young children (birth through age 8), their teachers, and families. The purpose of this weeklong event is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and [...]

By | April 11th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments