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.

Sending Data to National Partners at the Speed of Light (Almost)

By | January 20th, 2017|Preparedness|

Every week, our disease detectives in the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control send data to our national partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data from Arizona and other states is compiled to provide an overall picture of the nation’s health. Since it is a weekly process, the data that is [...]

Low Flu Vaccination in Pregnant Women; A Vulnerable Population Not Protected

By | January 17th, 2017|Preparedness|

A report card that contains 41 percent is never good. But so goes the disappointing findings from a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that found that during the 2013-2014 flu season, only 41 percent of pregnant women received the seasonal flu vaccine. Previous report cards would have shown 35 percent of pregnant women in [...]

Prevent infection: Four achievable New Year’s resolutions

By | January 11th, 2017|Preparedness|

It's that time again when New Year's resolutions are made, and sometimes broken. This year consider setting some achievable resolutions this year that can protect you from getting an infection. One: Wash your hands. You probably already do this after using the restroom, but are you washing before eating every meal? For at least 20 [...]

Aedes Mosquitoes Can Survive the Winter

By | January 10th, 2017|Preparedness|

Even though Arizona temperatures are cooling down, it's still important to protect yourself against mosquitoes. Arizona is home to about 50 mosquito species including Aedes aegypti, a mosquito that can carry and spread diseases like the Zika virus. This mosquito is well-adapted to the Arizona climate. Their eggs can survive outdoors in the cold, dry [...]

RSV Cases on the Rise in Arizona

By | January 9th, 2017|Preparedness|

While influenza isn't spiking yet, we are seeing an early respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season in Arizona this year. RSV causes a respiratory illness that mainly affects infants and young children, and it generally circulates during the winter. Symptoms are similar to other respiratory illness including cough, runny nose, and fever. Arizona has seen more [...]

School Garden Program is Budding with Change

By | January 5th, 2017|Preparedness|

Last month we launched new materials on our School Garden Program website. The Food Safety Plan was transformed from a pre-written template to a fillable PDF where applicants can easily input information about their garden and write their own policies and procedures. By writing their own food safety plans, garden leaders are empowered to proactively [...]

Testing Our Ability to Rapidly Respond to Public Health Emergencies

By | December 21st, 2016|Preparedness|

Our Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness focuses on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies and disasters that are natural or human-caused. One of our preparedness strategies is to test our notification and alerting system, the Arizona Health Alert System (AzHAN) by initiating call down drills. Call down drills test the validity of ADHS's call [...]

Traveling this Winter? Make Sure to Fight the Bite!

By | December 19th, 2016|General, Preparedness|

With the holiday season upon us, you may be planning to travel to visit family and friends or to see different climates. Whatever the reason, it is important to take steps to stay safe while traveling. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to view any travel notices and to check areas of [...]

Program Successfully Reduces Unhealthy Lead Levels in Children

By | December 14th, 2016|Preparedness|

Every year our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program receives more than 65,000 blood lead test results from laboratories and providers for children across the state. Our epidemiologist reviews these results every day to make sure children with elevated blood lead levels will receive proper care. When a child is identified with elevated blood lead levels, [...]