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.

Updated Data Added to Community Profiles Dashboard

By | October 12th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Community Profiles Dashboard is a public information website developed by ADHS to provide the public with a quick, convenient no-cost data summary tool for Arizona health data. Data on the Dashboard were just recently updated and now include data from 2010 through 2015.  The 2016 data are expected to be added later this year or [...]

Childhood Lead Poisoning Surveillance Report Just Released

By | October 11th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has just released their 2016 Annual Blood Lead Surveillance Report. The report describes statewide and county level data, including a breakdown of elevated blood lead levels and screening rates in high-risk zip codes. More than 59,000 children under the age of 6 were tested for lead across the state [...]

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes When Traveling to Mexico

By | October 3rd, 2017|Preparedness|

The month of October is high mosquito season in Sonora, Mexico and there have been reports of local transmission of dengue and Zika viruses. With the upcoming three-day weekend and many schools on fall break over the next several weeks, it’s important to remind Arizonans about increased mosquito activity in Sonora in the event they [...]

World Rabies Day Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary

By | September 27th, 2017|Preparedness|

On September 28th, partners around the globe will celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Rabies Day to raise awareness about the impact of rabies and how to prevent the disease. Rabies is a virus that can cause serious damage to the nervous system of humans and animals, and is almost always fatal once symptoms develop. [...]

Federal Grant will Help ADHS Efforts to Reduce Opioid Deaths

By | September 26th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System has been awarded $3.1 million by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for development of a comprehensive first responder opioid/naloxone program in partnership with the University of Arizona and the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training board. Naloxone is a medication [...]

Manufactured Food in Arizona Earns National Award

By | September 25th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Food Safety and Environmental Services Program was recently awarded a cooperative agreement from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The funding will provide support to build a nationally integrated food safety system through participation in the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards. The funding will also provide local oversight and support to Arizona businesses involved in the [...]

September is Get “Ahead of Sepsis” Month

By | September 21st, 2017|Preparedness|

September is Sepsis awareness month. Get Ahead of Sepsis is a national effort to protect people from the devastating effects of sepsis. This initiative emphasizes the importance of early recognition and timely treatment of sepsis, as well as the importance of preventing infections that could lead to sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to [...]

The Significance of 9/11 and Public Health in Arizona

By | September 19th, 2017|Preparedness|

In our recent history, national catastrophic events such as the 9/11 attacks, anthrax letters, Hurricane Katrina, and the threat of pandemic influenza led to an entirely new era in public health emergency preparedness. Policy makers from across the nation saw the need to further integrate public health into the emergency management, first responder, and health [...]

Water Screening in Child Care Facilities

By | September 18th, 2017|Licensing, Preparedness|

Starting this month, ADHS will be launching a project to screen water in many licensed child care facilities for lead. Our Child Care Licensing surveyors will collect water from a sample of drinking water sources at facilities while they’re out to conduct facility inspections. The surveyors will bring the water samples to our Arizona State [...]

The United States and Canada Experiencing Cyclospora Outbreak

By | September 13th, 2017|Preparedness|

Currently, the United States and Canada are experiencing an outbreak of Cyclospora, a foodborne parasite. People who swallow this parasite become sick with ongoing diarrhea, often going away and coming back (relapsing), loss of appetite, gas, stomach pain, and fatigue. Symptoms usually start a week after the parasite is swallowed, but can be as short [...]