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 reach of Arizona’s Empower Program is expanding to home visiting. The voluntary program was created in 2010 to support licensed Early Care and Education providers. The goal: to empower young children to live a healthy lifestyle. Some of our empowering tips include less screen time for kids, increased physical activity and healthier mealtime foods.
The ADHS MEDSIS Program and Tuberculosis Control Program have teamed up to enhance the already unique relationship with our Sonoran Public Health counterparts. As of June 25, we welcomed CureTB, an international referral agency, onto MEDSIS. The ADHS TB Control Program and Office of Border Health has a long standing relationship working with CureTB in following TB cases and contacts across international […]
The Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP) Steering Committee, an advisory group of 20 statewide leaders (which I’m fortunate to co-chair), met last week to discuss progress on the working draft for the AzHIP and Arizona’s leading health priorities. As a refresher, the purpose of the Arizona Health Improvement Plan is to move the dial on important […]
Each year in August National Immunization Awareness Month provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) immunizations are one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century.
While immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases, vaccination rates for […]
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 high-risk […]
Inappropriate use of antibiotics can result in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can cause devastating infections and death in people. However, if actions and interventions are implemented now, we can rewrite this story of resistance. According to the CDC, preventing these infections and improving antibiotic prescribing could save 37,000 lives from drug resistant infections over 5 years.
By reducing unnecessary […]
Congratulations to Yavapai County Community Health Services WIC Program. They will be recognized for their outstanding work in supporting breastfeeding mothers. The Yavapai County WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program is one of just 11 local WIC agencies in western part of the country to receive the Loving Support Gold Award of Excellence from the United States Department of Agriculture, […]
On Tuesday, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in Arizona this season. West Nile virus can cause severe illness, although only about 20% of those infected will develop any symptoms at all, usually flu-like: fever, headache, body aches, and muscle weakness. We distributed a joint […]
We recently published our HIV/AIDS Integrated Epidemiologic Profile, which includes data from 2009-2012 and contains information about comorbidity of HIV with other infectious diseases like tuberculosis, valley fever, and some STDs. In comparison to other states, Arizona’s case count is average. As of 2013, 15,798 people in Arizona were living with HIV/AIDS and 730 Arizonans were […]