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

AzHIP Cross-cutting Strategies Webinar & Follow-Up Work Sessions

By | April 29th, 2016|General|

During the development of the Arizona State Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP), workgroups identified strategies that would cut across several of the leading health issues, impacting one or more of them. These cross-cutting strategies target worksite wellness, school health, and the Built Environment. Last week, we hosted a webinar with leadership partners from the Arizona Department [...]

Governor Doug Ducey Appoints Three New ABRC Commissioners

By | April 21st, 2016|General|

Governor Doug Ducey has named three new Commissioners to the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission. The new Commissioners are: John Cover, who will represent the medical community; Howard Eng, who will represent the scientific community; and Cosmo Magliozzi who will serve as a public member. The Commissioners guide the work of ABRC by establishing research priorities and [...]

Inaugural Arizona Cord Blood Conference held in Phoenix

By | April 19th, 2016|General|

On April 7, the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission and University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix held the inaugural 2016 Arizona Cord Blood Conference: Lifeline to the Future. The conference brought together policy makers, patients and their families, researchers, and clinicians together to build awareness of collecting umbilical cord blood and create a cohesive network supporting the Arizona Public [...]

ADHS Reaches Important Accreditation Milestone

By | April 13th, 2016|General|

Our Core Accreditation Team has been working on preparing thousands of pages of documentation to submit to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and we met our targeted date of March 31st. This would not have happened without the effort of our staff from across the department who provided the Core Accreditation Team with examples, documents, and details up [...]

The Vital Statistics “Big Book” Report Published Online

By | April 7th, 2016|General|

The 2014 Arizona Health Status and Vital Statistics Report, also known as the “Big Book,” presents an annual update of information on vital statistics and the health status of Arizona residents. It provides statewide number and rates of vital events such as births, stillbirths and deaths, and population-based data on pregnancies, abortions, marriages, divorces, reportable diseases, [...]

National Public Health Week: Giving Everyone a Choice of Healthy Food Will Improve Overall Health

By | April 6th, 2016|General, Prevention|

The food we eat affects many aspects of our lives. There's a direct link between poor nutrition and many of the leading causes of death in America such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Healthy eating is important at every age. Most of us don't eat enough fruits, vegetables or whole grains, but we [...]

National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest Nation by 2030

By | April 4th, 2016|General, Licensing, Preparedness, Prevention|

This week, April 4 through 10, we’re celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2016, a week that helps us recognize the work all of us do to keep our communities and our families healthy. During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings communities across the United States [...]

New Management System Will Help Improve Services

By | March 28th, 2016|General|

One of Governor Doug Ducey’s priorities is to modernize and streamline state government so the services we provide are more effective for the people we serve. One of the ways state government will transform is by deploying an intentional statewide management system . Over the last few weeks we have been working on a department-wide [...]

Five-Part Series Highlights the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease in Arizona

By | March 22nd, 2016|General|

Alzheimer’s disease is a serious health issue in Arizona and the United States. The disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Over the next 10 years, Arizona is expected to experience an exponential increase in Alzheimer’s cases because of an aging population . In most people Alzheimer’s symptoms first appear after age [...]

Our Public Education Campaigns Earn Several Awards

By | March 21st, 2016|General|

Several of our public education and outreach campaigns received awards earlier this month from the American Advertising Federation. Our tobacco prevention program earned several awards for public service announcements promoting the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline, commonly referred to as the ASHLine, which provides coaching and nicotine replacement therapy to anyone who wants to quit using tobacco. [...]