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.

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, [...]

ADHS and Our Partners Continued Zika Planning Efforts

By | December 13th, 2016|Preparedness|

Last week we hosted a Zika Capability Assessment Workshop that was attended by more than 100 tribal, county, state, and federal partners as part of the Arizona Zika-preparedness collaborative. Attendees worked together to identify current response activities, document plans for future efforts, and identify areas for improvement. The workshop included presentations on the history of Zika [...]

We are Celebrating National Influenza Vaccination Week December 4-10

By | December 6th, 2016|Preparedness|

For millions of people every season, flu causes symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Even more seriously, influenza results in hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths each year. Luckily, there are vaccines that can help to prevent the [...]

National Handwashing Awareness Week

By | December 5th, 2016|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified handwashing as the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water will help protect you from getting sick with things like influenza, a cold, norovirus, and many other unpleasant infections. This week, we're [...]

2016 Arizona HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Annual Report Released

By | November 29th, 2016|Preparedness|

Our HIV Epidemiology Program just released their 2016 Arizona HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Annual Report, documenting HIV/AIDS incidence and prevalence trends at both the state and county level throughout Arizona. In 2015, there were 17,349 Arizonans living with HIV/AIDS, of which 730 were newly infected. The number of HIV-related deaths has been decreasing from 309 deaths in [...]

Keeping the Public Safe and Healthy; Environmental Health Specialists at Work

By | November 28th, 2016|Preparedness|

Ever wonder who inspects restaurants, swimming pools and spas, and hotels to make sure they are safe for the public?  Our sanitarians and environmental health specialists and all the local county environmental health departments are the individuals that go into the field conducting these inspections.  They work with members of the public, business owners, and [...]

Keep Your Thanksgiving Feast Safe

By | November 22nd, 2016|Preparedness|

Thanksgiving is just two days away, so whether you’ve been tasked with making an entire Thanksgiving meal or just preparing a few dishes, there are four simple steps to food safety that everyone should follow: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Clean your hands and kitchen surfaces often when preparing food. Wash your hands for 20 [...]

Valley Fever Awareness Week is Here

By | November 14th, 2016|General, Preparedness|

An estimated 150,000 people are infected each year in the United States by the fungus that causes Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis). The fungus is mostly found in the Southwest with 65 percent of all nationally reported cases residing in Arizona. There are more than 5,000 reported cases and 700 hospitalizations in Arizona each year. Although anyone [...]

Keep Your Classroom or Team Sun Safe

By | November 8th, 2016|Preparedness|

Our SunWise Program and digital media department have been working diligently on creating a training video to promote sun safety and skin cancer prevention. The SunWise video serves as an easy to follow visual resource for educators, as well as the general public. How much do you know about skin cancer and risks associated [...]