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

The Importance of Communicable Disease Reporting

By | December 29th, 2017|General|

Infectious agents are all around us. They can be found in the food we eat, in the water we drink, in the air we breathe, and on what we touch. Modern times have brought us solutions, such as vaccines and treatments, but also problems, like air travel and globalized food distribution, which can help spread [...]

Join the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge

By | November 20th, 2017|General, Prevention|

Did you know that most of us gain between one and five pounds each holiday season? While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. I invite you to join the Maintain, Don't Gain! Holiday Challenge. This free seven-week challenge will give you tips, tricks, and ideas to [...]

Arizona Hosts the Second Annual “Protect You and the Zoo from Flu” with Wildlife World Zoo

By | November 16th, 2017|General|

On Saturday November 18, ADHS and Maricopa County Department of Public Health join in a new partnership with the Wildlife World Zoo to host a free influenza vaccine clinic accompanied with outreach on disease prevention. Last year at the Phoenix Zoo, the “Protect You and the Zoo from the Flu” event was successful in allowing public health officials to [...]

We’re Celebrating National Rural Health Day

By | November 15th, 2017|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) joins the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) to commemorate the National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  This day is an opportunity to be informed about rural healthcare in America and to understand that Americans living in rural areas have significant health [...]

ADHS Earns Elite National Accreditation

By | September 22nd, 2017|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services is now a nationally accredited public health agency! This week the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded our agency this prominent designation that recognizes the innovative work we do to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and transforming the quality of our statewide public health [...]

Antimicrobial Stewardship in Community Settings

By | June 19th, 2017|General, Preparedness|

Last Sunday our Healthcare-Associated Infections Program and Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee members presented at the 2017 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention. Their presentation “Antimicrobial Stewardship Focused on Community Settings in Arizona: Ready For Prime-Time” was focused on the following discussions: Global initiatives to improve the use of antibiotics, including programs in the United States Importance of paying attention to antimicrobial stewardship in the [...]

Work Continues on Opioid Emergency Response

By | June 16th, 2017|General, Prevention|

Our team has logged another week in the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) hard at work addressing Governor Ducey’s calls to action to address Arizona’s opioid epidemic. Just like last week, this week has been a busy one. This week, Governor Ducey issued an executive order to increase timely reporting of opioid-related data. This order [...]