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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

Celebrating the Contributions and Addressing the Needs of Older Arizonans

By | May 17th, 2017|General, Prevention|

The month of May is Older American’s Month, and as further proclaimed by Governor Ducey, we proudly celebrate our growing older adult population in Arizona. Arizona is home to more than 1.3 million older adults who embody a wide-range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds who contribute in many ways to the economy and quality of [...]

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness Month

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

Governor Ducey has proclaimed the month of May as Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness Month. It is a great time to help your family, friends, and coworkers learn more about food allergies. Did you know that children have food allergies more often than adults and that there are eight foods that cause most food allergic [...]

Improving Antibiotic Stewardship in Arizona

By | March 29th, 2017|General|

The CDC estimates that antibiotic resistance is responsible for more than two million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States. Antimicrobial stewardship programs are dedicated to promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials. Common antimicrobials are disinfectants and antiseptics, along with antibiotics. Effective use can lead to a decrease in patient illness and [...]

Preserving Public Health Funding

By | March 3rd, 2017|General|

Everyone who has been watching the news and has probably heard about efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare. When the ACA was established, the funding for several pre-existing, long-established, and important, life-saving public health programs including immunizations and infectious disease prevention and control, [...]

The 2015 Vital Statistics “Big Book” Published Online

By | January 27th, 2017|General, Preparedness|

The 2015 Arizona Health Status and Vital Statistics Report, also known as the “Big Book,” is now available.  The Big Book presents an annual update of information on vital statistics and the health status of Arizona residents . It provides statewide numbers and rates of vital events such as births, stillbirths, and deaths, and population-based data on pregnancies, [...]

A Healthy Workplace is Key to Employee Satisfaction and Productivity

By | January 25th, 2017|General|

Our primary mission is to improve the health and wellness of Arizonans, which includes our employees. We offer breastfeeding support, an infant at work program, weekly wellness events, on-site health screenings, and more. Offering services centered on the health and wellness of employees can help decrease stress and improve overall productivity, and best [...]

Clinicians now have an easy, accessible ADHS website

By | January 19th, 2017|General|

One of public health’s major partnerships is with practicing clinicians. In any threat to the public’s health – be it environmental, nuclear, infectious, chronic or substance-related – clinicians work with health departments to recognize and respond appropriately. Now it is easier than ever for them to find public health resources and guidelines in Arizona. On [...]