Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Training Improves Outcomes

trainingImproving health outcomes at licensed healthcare facilities in Arizona requires 2 main ingredients.  Having regulations and encourage continuous quality improvement (which is now complete) and providing our licensed facilities with the information they need to implement practices (in accordance with the regulations) to execute positive change.

Now that we’ve finished developing the […]

By | June 27th, 2014|General, Licensing, Preparedness|0 Comments

Teens & Tobacco: An AZ Success story

CB028859You’ve read on my blog before about Arizona’s statewide youth coalition Students Taking a New Direction, better known as STAND.  The group just wrapped up its 5th annual youth conference to congratulate members on a great year and recognize the best of the […]

By | June 26th, 2014|Behavioral Health, General, Prevention|3 Comments

New Respiratory Viral Panel

viralThroughout the year, we talk a lot about flu, but there are several other respiratory viruses like parainfluenza, RSV, adenoviruses, and coronaviruses that can also cause respiratory infections.  Our State Laboratory has been able to detect most of these viruses through a […]

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

Ventanillas de Salud Snags the 2014 AMC Fannin Award

amc-logoThe annual plenary session of the Arizona-Mexico Commission wrapped up Friday night.    The Ventanilla de Salud (Health Windows) program won the Arizona Mexico Commission’s Paul Fannin award.  This is a top recognition for the Commission- with the award going to “… an organization that has demonstrated […]

By | June 24th, 2014|Behavioral Health, General, Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments

Bacteriology Revolution Coming

When a case of tuberculosis (TB) is suspected, it’s important to rapidly identify it to treat the person and prevent the spread of disease in Arizona. 09-04-28 ASL testingOur State Laboratory is critical in the identification of TB and other bacterial pathogens. The faster these diseases can be […]

By | June 23rd, 2014|General|0 Comments

Ventanillas de Salud Snags the AMC Fannin Award

amc-logoThe annual plenary session of the Arizona-Mexico Commission wrapped up last night with some important health events.  The Ventanilla de Salud (Health Windows) program won the Arizona Mexico Commission’s Paul Fannin award for our public health collaborations last Friday night.  This is a top award for the Commission- with the award going to “… an organization […]

By | June 21st, 2014|General|0 Comments