Cory Nelson

/Cory Nelson

About Cory Nelson

Former Interim Director, Arizona Department of Health Services

New Foods for WIC Families in Arizona

By | May 11th, 2015|General|

Getting kids to eat healthy is hard, especially for busy moms.  The Arizona WIC program now offers new foods to help families provide nutritious meals. Yogurt, whole wheat pasta, and new brands of cereal and baby foods for older babies are now available through the WIC program.  The full list of foods includes many fresh, frozen and canned vegetables, [...]

Setting Public Health Grant Spending Priorities

By | May 8th, 2015|Prevention|

Public health has reach into many areas that you may not think about. Currently we’re working to reduce the number of prescription drug overdoses and deaths.  The misuse of prescription drugs is a national epidemic.  We’re working with the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission to attack the problem here.  The funding for our prevention efforts comes from the Preventive Health and [...]

Empowering Habits, Empowering Lives: Superheroes Empowering Arizona!

By | May 5th, 2015|General|

This past weekend, we held the fourth annual “Empowering Habits and Empowering Lives” Empower Conference. More than 250 Early Care and Education professionals from all over Arizona participated in the all-day meeting. Conference participants explored the Empower Program's 10 Standards to Empower Children to Live Healthy Lives and learned how to be more effective through developing cultural [...]

Surviving Triple Digits in Arizona

By | May 1st, 2015|Preparedness, Prevention|

In Arizona it doesn’t have to be summer for the temperatures to soar.  With the first 100 degree day in Phoenix today, we know the scorching heat is right around the corner.  High outdoor temperatures aren’t just an inconvenience; they’re dangerous. Heat is the number one killer weather-related cause of death in Arizona and across [...]

Grant Funding Helps Homeless Across Arizona

By | April 30th, 2015|Behavioral Health|

At the end of March, the men’s overflow shelter closed in downtown Phoenix.  The shelter housed up to 350 homeless men at full capacity. The city condemned the building for asbestos. We’re one of many community partners responding to the housing needs of vulnerable people in Arizona.  Our permanent supportive housing program will provide an [...]

Vaccine Exemptions – Turning the Tide?

By | April 24th, 2015|Preparedness, Prevention|

Vaccines are scientifically proven to be the best way to prevent the spread of many communicable diseases.  Yet, through the last decade, Arizona along with the rest of the country has seen an increase in the number of families choosing not to vaccinate their children.  A recent outbreak that started at Disneyland created a firestorm of interest in vaccinations, [...]

Community Paramedicine Survey Results Coming Soon

By | April 23rd, 2015|Preparedness|

The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma System  recently surveyed nearly 200 EMS agencies across the state to determine (1) whether they had or intended to begin a community paramedicine program, (2) if so, which medical conditions they intend to focus on and (3) what type of services they intend to provide. The data [...]

Title V Priority Setting Meeting

By | April 20th, 2015|General, Prevention|

Our Women’s and Children’s Health team administers the federal maternal Child Health Block Grant.  This grant is authorized through Title V of the Social Security Act and has been in place since 1935.  Every 5 years we look at the health and well-being of Arizona’s women and children and develop our top priorities based on [...]

Blood Lead Screening Project to Identify at Risk Children

By | April 16th, 2015|Prevention|

In Arizona more than 800 children each year are identified with elevated blood lead levels (EBLL).  Even at low blood lead levels, children’s intelligence, behavior, hearing and growth can be irreparably damaged.  Most children will not have any symptoms.  The only way to detect lead poisoning is through a blood test. All children living in [...]

Lights, Camera, Action! MyPlate Video Search

By | April 14th, 2015|Prevention|

Here at the Arizona Department of Health Services we work together to promote healthy eating and active living to decrease obesity.  The Check Out MyPlate Video Search is a fun way for kids and their families to show how they create healthy habits at home or at school.  For tips and ideas to get you [...]