Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Ladders: Useful But Potentially Hazardous

ambulanceI’ve fallen off ladders at my house twice in the last month which has inspired me to do a post about falls and injuries. The #1 reason people show up in Arizona emergency rooms is from slipping, tripping or stumbling on something.  Falls are the #2 cause of accidental death in […]

By | July 11th, 2014|General, Prevention|0 Comments

Staying Healthy & Reducing Cost- Preventive Health Services

docsIn recent years, a prevention model of health has woven its way into the fabric of traditional models of care. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act the role preventive services has expanded significantly in the US health care delivery system.  Preventive health care services prevent diseases and illnesses from […]

By | July 10th, 2014|General, Prevention|0 Comments

Director’s Decision: Cannabis & Palliative Care for PTSD

Web PTSDLast December I denied a petition to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify people for an Arizona Medical Marijuana Registration Card.  I denied the petition because, at the time, I believed there was a lack […]

By | July 9th, 2014|General|14 Comments

Take Charge of Your Own Treatment

Businessman with laptop computerWhen you shop for a new car, phone or camera, you have lots of information about your choices.  But when it comes to choosing the right medicine or the best health- care treatment, clear information can be hard to find.  Let’s face it, if you don’t get the […]

By | July 9th, 2014|General|1 Comment

An AZ Monsoon Staple: the Scorpion

Desert Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis).My wife has been disturbed by the number of scorpions she’s seen around our house and garage over the last couple of weeks which has inspired me to do this scorpion post.  Arizona has more than 56 species of scorpions but the bark […]

By | July 8th, 2014|General, Prevention|1 Comment

New Return on Investment Calculator

budgetplanIconHHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality just released the Asthma Return-on-Investment (ROI) Calculator for exploring potential financial returns from quality improvement and disease management programs for populations diagnosed with asthma. The tool provides estimates based on an analysis of 52 research studies on improving asthma care […]

By | July 7th, 2014|General, Prevention|1 Comment