Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

National Audit: Room for Improvement at Skilled Nursing Facilities

Data collection and analysis is public health’s most valuable  renewable resource- which is why we’ve made data analysis such a high priority.  Yesterday, the Office of the Inspector General for HHS published a document that highlights the fact that disciplined data analyses can identify key factors that result in poor outcomes- giving us the information we need to intervene and [...]

By | March 6th, 2014|Affordable Care Act, Licensing|1 Comment

Health Profession Summer Program Opportunity for AZ High Schoolers

Have you ever wondered — Why do people get sick? How can we prevent the spread of disease? What do doctors REALLY do?  If so, the U of A College of Medicine in Phoenix has a summer program for you!  Be a part of Med-Start Phoenix, a two-week day program with a fast paced curriculum sure to help confirm your [...]

By | March 5th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Obesity Drops Among Preschoolers

The latest CDC obesity data published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association found a significant decline in obesity among kids aged 2 to 5. Obesity prevalence for this age group declined by 43% in the last 8 years (from 14% in 2004 to 8% in 2012.  While the precise reasons for the decline in obesity aren’t clear, [...]

By | March 5th, 2014|Prevention|0 Comments

Midwife Practice Collaborative

Our Licensing team promotes and protects public health and safety by addressing quality of care issues.  Last week we hosted a forum for our licensed midwives to learn more about our programs and resources to bring them up to speed on our newest initiatives related to maternal and child health so they'll have the latest tools in their practice toolkit.  About [...]

By | March 4th, 2014|Licensing, Newborn Screening|0 Comments

Strange “Polio Like Syndrome” Cases in CA

Maybe you heard news reports this week about kids in California with a “polio-like syndrome.”  Here's a synopsis:  Over the last 18 months, 5 kids have been identified by California’s Department of Public Health with a paralysis in one or more limbs. Multiple tests have been run on them.  Poliovirus wasn't found, but enterovirus-68 was isolated in 2 of the cases. There are hundreds of enteroviruses (poliovirus is one of them). [...]

By | March 3rd, 2014|Prevention|0 Comments

Driving Down Cesarean Delivery Rates

There’s widespread agreement within the public health community that the percentage of women who deliver by Cesarean Section these days is too high.  In fact, 1/3 of women in the US have cesarean deliveries these days (up from 9.5% in 1990 and 23% in 2008). Last week the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine [...]

By | March 1st, 2014|Licensing, Prevention|1 Comment