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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.

STD Awareness Month Highlights Public Health Prevention Strategies

By | April 20th, 2017|Preparedness|

Did you know that syphilis can cause serious health problems if left untreated or isn’t treated correctly? These serious health problems, like syphilis of the eye, are increasing among both men and women. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease, but can also be spread from a mother to her unborn baby, known as congenital syphilis. [...]

Blazing Frontiers: A Successful 2017 Arizona Public Cord Blood Conference

By | April 18th, 2017|Preparedness|

On April 13, the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission and the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix held the Second Annual Arizona Cord Blood Conference: Blazing Frontiers. The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program was created to advance the collection of and increase the number of cord blood units available for transplantation. Umbilical cord blood, [...]

Next week is National Infant Immunization Week
 

By | April 17th, 2017|Preparedness|

April 22 through 29 is National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.  During that week we also celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing [...]

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Work Highlighted by CDC

By | April 12th, 2017|Preparedness|

Since 2002, the CDC public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement has provided funding to health departments in Arizona for the advancement of our capacity to respond to a range of public health threats. The PHEP annual funds support staff on the ground in state, county, and tribal communities who assist with preparedness and response [...]

Join Us in the Fight Against Viral Hepatitis

By | April 11th, 2017|Preparedness|

In the United States, there are more than five million people living with chronic viral hepatitis and over 50,000 new infections each year of hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Many people don't know they are infected. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and is often caused by the hepatitis A, B, or C virus. [...]

Keeping the Public Healthy Through Safe Food Practices

By | April 7th, 2017|Preparedness|

Note: This week is National Public Health Week. This week I have a five-part public health series that explores the vast network of programs and services that help improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans.  Our Epidemiology and Disease Control team plays a huge role in monitoring food safety and tracking the spread of [...]

Extreme Weather Impacts Public Health

By | April 6th, 2017|Preparedness|

Note: This week is National Public Health Week. This week I have a five-part public health series that explores the vast network of programs and services that help improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans.  Arizona is a diverse state with a wide range of weather. This can lead to extreme heat in the [...]

Public Health is Working Behind the Scenes to Keep You Safe

By | April 3rd, 2017|Licensing, Preparedness|

Note: This week is National Public Health Week. This week I have a five-part public health series that explores the vast network of programs and services that help improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans.  Public health includes programs that work to ensure that we are safe whether in everyday life or during an [...]

The Epidemic Intelligence Service: Protecting Public Health in Arizona and Around the World

By | March 30th, 2017|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the nation's health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. In 1951, CDC established the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), a two-year postgraduate fellowship for health professionals interested in public health and epidemiology. EIS officers are physicians, veterinarians, [...]

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 [...]