Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Flu Near You

Flu Near You is a free tool that’s been made to help in the fight against flu. The way it works is that people like you and I anonymously report each week on whether we had symptoms or flu shots. The information is used to place a dot on a map of the community so flu-like activity to be tracked [...]

By |December 5th, 2013|Prevention|0 Comments

Maricopa County Contract Decision Announced

The Department of Administration made a decision about the Regional Behavioral Health Contract for Maricopa County this week.  Deputy Director Cory Nelson explains more about the decision and its impact on the current behavioral health service in his blog.

By |December 4th, 2013|Behavioral Health|0 Comments

To Spank or Not to Spank?

Finding effective ways to guide kids can be a struggle- especially since each child responds so differently.  From “time outs” to “spanking”, parents hope that discipline works to modify behavior.  But what about the long-term impact of discipline like spanking?  Is it effective in the long-run?  A recent study completed and published in the journal of Pediatrics found that kids (ages [...]

By |December 4th, 2013|Prevention|1 Comment

Ocean Predators & Pregnancy

There was good news this week about preconception health.  A report just out from the EPA found that more women of childbearing age have been avoiding eating the kinds of ocean predators that typically contain mercury (Hg).  This is important because mercury can affect the baby’s brain being developed during pregnancy.   Mercury is found in the environment, like the air [...]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Prevention|0 Comments

Enhanced Empower Website Up & Running

Our Empower Program just launched its new and improved website. You’ll recall that Empower is our program that works with more than 2,400 licensed childcare facilities across the state of Arizona reaching more than 200,000 children. Each provider receives a discount on their licensing fees and in return commits to implementing 10 standards that empower kids to make good choices about nutrition, [...]

By |December 2nd, 2013|Licensing, Prevention|0 Comments

Typhoon Haiyan & Public Health

Like conflict and wars, typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) destroyed basic services for food, water, health care and shelter in the Central Philippines.  This disaster was declared a “Level 3” Emergency by the UN, meaning there’s substantial impact on the health of people and it can’t be managed by a country or region alone. The WHO assessed the health needs [...]

By |November 29th, 2013|Behavioral Health, General, Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments