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Items in the Preparedness category will cover everything from Emergency Medical Services to vaccination programs. This division at ADHS tracks contagious disease, coordinates emergency preparedness activity, licenses EMTs and Paramedics, regulates ambulance companies, authorizes special hospital designations like cardiac care center and Level IV trauma center, issues birth and death certificates, and tracks critical health data through various sources including hospital discharge information.

Legionnaires’ Disease in Healthcare Facilities

By | June 22nd, 2017|Preparedness|

A recent CDC Vital Signs highlighted Legionnaire’s Disease, a serious and often deadly, lung infection (pneumonia) caused by the bacterium “Legionella”. People are exposed to Legionella when they breathe in mist (small droplets of water in the air) containing the bacteria. Most healthy people do not get sick after being exposed to Legionella. Elderly people, current [...]

Arizona Acute and Long-Term Care Infection Prevention and Control Collaborative

By | June 21st, 2017|Licensing, Preparedness|

Our Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program and Division of Licensing Services, collaborated with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, APIC Consulting Inc., Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), and other state partners to provide a two-day Arizona Healthcare-Acquired Conditions (HAC) and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Summit. The two-day collaborative, held June 8 and June 9, brought [...]

Arizona Partners in Preparedness are Prepared to Respond to Public Health Emergencies

By | June 20th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in partnership with State Emergency Management, Ability360, and independent living advocates joined forces to strengthen disaster readiness for persons with disabilities. The statewide Emergency Preparedness Task Force on Access and Functional Needs held the biannual preparedness summit on June 8 that brought together communities, individuals, and organizations working [...]

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 [...]

The 2017 ADVICE Collaborative is Coming Soon

By | June 14th, 2017|Preparedness|

In 2013, our Licensing and Infectious Disease Services teams partnered with the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Program to develop a day-long ADVICE Collaborative conference aimed at improving infection control practices. The ADVICE Collaborative brings together licensed dialysis providers, the dialysis network, federal partners and public health professionals to find new ways to promote infection control, build relationships, and identify how public health can [...]

Make Preparations for the Upcoming Monsoon Season

By | June 13th, 2017|Preparedness|

Monsoon season is fast-approaching and with it thunderstorm activity that will continue through September, during which more than half of Arizona’s yearly rainfall will occur. You and your family will be able to enjoy some great views of Arizona’s extreme weather, but it is also important to be aware that thunderstorms may result in alerts for flash flooding, high winds, and lightning. This [...]

Announcing the SunWise Poster Contest Winner

By | June 12th, 2017|General, Preparedness|

The SunWise Program held its annual presentation for the winner of the “Be SunWise & Play Sun Smart Skin Cancer Prevention Poster Contest” on Saturday, May 13 at the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. This year’s winner, Grecia Solorio (right), certainly scored a home run with her detailed and colorful poster illustration. Her [...]

Preparing for Mosquito Season

By | June 7th, 2017|Preparedness|

While some mosquitoes can be active throughout the year in parts of Arizona, peak season is usually April through October. So as we head into the warmer months, public health and vector control professionals have been attending training to ensure they are prepared to prevent and control mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile and Zika [...]

Arizona Extreme Heat Planning Workshop 2017

By | June 2nd, 2017|Preparedness|

We have already had days topping 100 degrees in many parts of the state and even had our first heat advisory in Yuma.  It’s the perfect time of year to ensure that public health partners are working together to be ready for extreme heat in Arizona. Earlier this month, almost 70 representatives from organizations across [...]

Arizona Publishes National Report about 2016 Measles Outbreak in Detention Facility

By | May 31st, 2017|Preparedness|

Office of Infectious Disease Services recently published a report in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) describing the 2016 measles outbreak associated with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in our state. This week marks the one year anniversary of the public health response to the outbreak. ADHS worked with Pinal County [...]