Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Another Social Media Accolade

A few weeks ago we were named the #1 social-media-friendly state health department in the U.S due to our robust social media presence and content including blogs, live streaming events, online forums, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, G+, Flickr and other social media environments.  This week we were highlighted in the latest National Public Health Information Coalition Newsletter.  Jennifer Tweedy- thanks for your […]

By |May 23rd, 2013|General|0 Comments

Lab Website Makeover

Our Lab just finished a major website makeover.  Check out the new Laboratory landing page which will lead you to Newborn Screening, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Lab Licensure and Certification.


By |May 22nd, 2013|General, Newborn Screening|0 Comments

Ending the School Year on the Right Foot

Summer is almost here and the kids are wrapping up the school year. Let’s challenge families to end the school year on the right foot. Why not try walking or biking to school? The mornings are still nice enough to walk.  Make it a family activity; role model healthy behavior, leave the car keys at home, and walk or bike […]

By |May 21st, 2013|General|0 Comments

Surviving the Desert Summer

Heat is the number one killer among all weather related causes of death across the country and in Arizona… more than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires combined. It doesn’t get much attention because it’s hard to take a picture of heat- but it’s easy to take a picture of hurricanes and tropical storms.  The AZ heat is a lot more […]

By |May 20th, 2013|General|0 Comments

Swim Safe AZ!

National Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week is coming up next week.  Healthy swimming depends on paying attention to basic health, hygiene, sun-safety, and what swimmers bring into the pool (and what they don’t).  For starters, remind your kids to take a sunscreen, hydration, and bathroom break every hour when swimming.  You might also want to start the summer off right by […]

By |May 17th, 2013|Prevention|0 Comments

2013 ADHS Water Drive

We already broke the 100 degree mark in the Valley this week.  It won’t be long before the heat’s here to stay. 

Heat is one of the most dangerous weather situations in public health – actually it’s the #1 weather-related killer.  Last year 152 Arizonans died from heat exposure….  with 80% happening in June, July and August.  The largest age group for heat-related deaths are […]

By |May 16th, 2013|General|0 Comments