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.

Our Work to Improve Patient Safety Continues

By | March 27th, 2017|Preparedness|

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections that patients can get while receiving medical treatment for something else in a healthcare facility. These infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical consequences. The National Patient Safety Foundation reminds us of the importance of safe patient care. This year's United for Patient Safety Campaign focuses on making [...]

Tuberculosis Cases Declining in Arizona and Nationwide

By | March 24th, 2017|Preparedness|

World TB Day is recognized every year on March 24th. In the United States, Tuberculosis (TB) remains under control; however continued work must be done to reach TB elimination. The newly released numbers from Arizona’s TB Control Program show a decrease of reported TB cases from 198 cases (2015) to 188 cases (2016). This is [...]

Infectious Disease Outbreaks Down in 2015

By | March 21st, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Office of Infectious Disease Services has released their 2015 Infectious Disease Outbreak Summary Report, documenting outbreak detection, response, and reporting throughout Arizona. An outbreak is an unexpected increase in the number of people with the same disease at the same time or in the same place. The public health response to outbreaks is a team effort, utilizing knowledge, [...]

New STD Annual Report Released

By | March 16th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our STD Control Program recently released the 2015 Arizona STD Annual Report. This report highlights the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among residents of Arizona with specific focus on syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, the most commonly reported STDs. In 2015 cases of STDs in Arizona continued to increase.  Cases grew from 39,919, in 2014, [...]

2017 Recommended Immunization Schedule and 2015 Adult Immunization Coverage Data

By | March 15th, 2017|Preparedness|

Proper immunization throughout the lifespan is one of the most important steps that individuals can take to protect their health, their children’s health, and the health of the community. Each year, a group of health and medical experts called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices creates recommended vaccination schedules for children and adolescents as well [...]

Learn How You Can Do Your Part to Keep Groundwater Safe

By | March 7th, 2017|Preparedness|

March 5 through 11 marks the 19th National Groundwater Awareness Week. Groundwater is the water that soaks into the soil from rain or other precipitation and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand. Most groundwater flows directly into streams, rivers and lakes. Groundwater can then be pumped through [...]

Multi-State Outbreak of E. coli Shows Up in Arizona Child Care Centers

By | March 6th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our disease detectives at the state and counties are at it again, investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 . We are working with Arizona’s counties, other states, CDC, and regulatory agencies to determine the source of the outbreak. E. coli O157 is a strain that causes diarrhea, often bloody, along with abdominal cramps, headache, [...]

Strengthening Compliance with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act with County Partnerships

By | March 2nd, 2017|Preparedness|

The Smoke-Free Arizona Act went into effect nearly 10 years ago on May 1, 2007. The Act prohibits smoking inside and within 20 feet of entrances, open windows, and ventilation systems of most enclosed public places and places of employment. Our Smoke-Free Arizona Program is responsible for education, compliance, and enforcement of the Act statewide [...]

Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition

By | February 28th, 2017|Preparedness|

The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a collaboration of healthcare-related organizations, patient advocacy organizations, industry partners, and other public health partners who have joined forces with the common goal of promoting the use of CDC's core interventions and resources to prevent bloodstream infections in dialysis patients. We are a committed partner of this [...]

Protecting Infants from Infectious Disease

By | February 23rd, 2017|Preparedness|

The Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, AZ has recently become the first Arizona hospital to be added to the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll of the Immunization Action Coalition.  The Honor Roll recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage rates for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth.  Ninety-eight percent of [...]