Here you will find topics ranging from current events that affect public health in Arizona to overall information about the Arizona Department of Health Services

Dengue Fever Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Survey for Providers in Arizona, 2014-2015

By |November 24th, 2015|

Dengue fever may call to mind a disease of the tropics, but dengue can actually occur right here in Arizona. Between 2007 and 2013 Arizona reported only 3—10 cases of dengue annually, all travel-associated. In 2014, 93 cases of dengue were reported, a 14-fold increase in cases among Arizona residents. Arizona has the type of [...]

Getting your flu shot protects more than just you

By |November 23rd, 2015|

We all know that the best way to protect yourself against the flu is by getting your flu shot each year, but did you know that getting vaccinated can also protect those around you? A recent community-wide study showed that when more younger and middle-aged adults (aged 18-64 years) got their flu vaccine, there were [...]

USDA’s SNAP-Ed Toolkit will feature the Empower Program

By |November 6th, 2015|

Arizona’s Empower Program has been selected for inclusion in the third revision of SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States (Toolkit) that will be released in November 2015. The Toolkit review process was conducted in partnership with USDA and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR). For the third revision of the Toolkit, more applications [...]

Food Safety Tips for Halloween

By |October 29th, 2015|

Halloween is loved by children and adults alike. As Halloween approaches, the Arizona Department of Health Services encourages families to celebrate in a safe and healthy way. Parents should talk to their children about Halloween food safety. Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Inspect [...]

Pediatricians Promoting Food Security for All Children

By |October 27th, 2015|

It seems hard to believe that one in every five children in the United States lives in a home where there isn’t access to enough healthy food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Here in Arizona, the numbers are estimated to be even higher, affecting as many as one in three children. [...]

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection

By |October 23rd, 2015|

Recent media has highlighted one of the most common antibiotic-resistant-bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In the US, over 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and more than 23,000 people die due to these infections. Anyone can get MRSA and infections range from mild to very serious, even life-threatening. Most MRSA infections are skin [...]

International Infection Prevention Week

By |October 21st, 2015|

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety and promotes the belief that everyone plays a role in infection prevention. As IIPW expands, more patients benefit from safer healthcare practices and reduced threat of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). In response to this important need, the Governor of [...]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Efforts Highlight Resources

By |October 15th, 2015|

Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues throughout October and ADHS employees keep awareness efforts fresh at the mid-month mark. Today is Wear Purple Day for our department. The color represents a reminder to all of us to lend support in our community and bring an end to domestic violence. Many of our partners are showing support [...]

Arizona State Laboratory Announces Biosafety Improvement Plan

By |October 12th, 2015|

Public Health Laboratory was awarded funds from the Epidemiology Laboratory Capacity cooperative improvement grant to improve laboratory biosafety in Arizona as part of the national response to the Ebola crisis. The funds were awarded to develop a three-year plan to improve the state lab’s biosafety readiness as well as assisting the State Public Health Lab’s [...]

Flu has Arrived in Arizona; Get Vaccinated this Month

By |October 7th, 2015|

Flu season started early this year with Arizona reporting the first locally acquired flu cases last week. You’ve probably seen or heard messages encouraging you to get a flu shot. That’s because it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect in your system, so we want to be sure you are protected [...]