Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

The 5th “Vital Sign” & the Painkiller Epidemic (Part I of V)

Closeup of an elderly woman's hand being held by a doctor , focus on handsIn our lifetimes, each one of us is likely to experience pain.  The pain experience could be acute and resolve itself in short order (like a bee sting).  Pain can also be a chronic experience lasting a […]

By | July 29th, 2014|General|1 Comment

Behavioral Health “Summer Institute”

conferenceSeveral staff from the Division attended and conducted presentations at the annual summer institute held by ASU’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy.  This is the largest local conference for behavioral health professionals.  This conference was originally created by our Behavioral Health Division in collaboration with ASU 15 years […]

By | July 28th, 2014|Behavioral Health|1 Comment

New Abortion Clinic Regulations Filed

LAW hammer on computer folder. 3D Icon isolated on white backgroLast Spring the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a new law that provided our agency with the same inspection authority at abortion clinics that we have at all the other healthcare institutions we license.  The previous authority […]

By | July 25th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Adjusting Our Vital Records Business Model

vital-recordsOur Vital Records team has a wide range of business functions.  We’re responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of vital records, including birth and death certificates, registration of adoptions, and corrections and amendments to these vital records.  Much of our work also includes helping the county […]

By | July 25th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Outstanding Success by Newborn Screening Team

strangepolioLast month I bragged about how our newborn screening team beat the deadline I gave them to improve our system – a system that ensure blood spots taken from newborns are quickly screened for life-threatening diseases. Now that the actual deadline is past, it’s good to see the team and […]

By | July 24th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

rocky-mountain1The monsoon season marks the tick season here in Arizona, and one of most important tick-borne disease threats in the state is Rocky Mountain spotted fever.  The symptoms usually start with a fever of two or more days and can lead to a nasty “spotted” rash (although the rash is […]

By | July 23rd, 2014|Prevention|0 Comments