Topics here will include issues that fall into the Prevention Division of the agency, which include – as the name implies – programs that help prevent disease in our state. You will find information about chronic diseases (cancer, heart health, breathing disorders) as well as tobacco use prevention. This area also includes education about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Women, Infant and Children programs; both USDA programs that help provide nutrition to lower income residents.

Work Continues on Opioid Emergency Response

By | June 16th, 2017|General, Prevention|

Our team has logged another week in the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) hard at work addressing Governor Ducey’s calls to action to address Arizona’s opioid epidemic. Just like last week, this week has been a busy one. This week, Governor Ducey issued an executive order to increase timely reporting of opioid-related data. This order [...]

ADHS and More Than 120 Organizations Recognized as Healthy Worksites

By | June 15th, 2017|Prevention|

I’m excited to announce that our department has been awarded a platinum award from the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program. Our vision at ADHS is to promote health and wellness for all Arizonans, and that starts with our team. We have several programs at ADHS—from wellness classes to breastfeeding support for new moms—that help make our [...]

ADHS’ Rapid Response to a Public Health Emergency

By | June 9th, 2017|Prevention|

On Monday, Governor Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency to address the alarming increase in opioid deaths in Arizona. Our team immediately sprang into action, activating and fully staffing our Health Emergency Operations Center within hours so that the numerous programs and offices across ADHS have a coordinated system for responding to the Governor’s calls to [...]

Launching a Public Health Approach to Chronic Pain

By | June 8th, 2017|General, Prevention|

Earlier this week, Governor Doug Ducey issued a public health emergency declaration that calls for a statewide effort to put an end to opioid deaths in Arizona. The Governor declared the need for immediate action as the number of opioid overdoses and deaths increase at an alarming rate. Last week, we released the 2016 Opioid [...]

State Loan Repayment Program Helps Provide Services to the Medically Underserved

By | June 6th, 2017|Prevention|

The Arizona State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) within the Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health provides loan repayment incentives to eligible health care providers who commit to serve in Arizona’s medically underserved communities. Up to $65,000 of loan repayment assistance are available for physicians and dentists and up to $50,000 for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, [...]

Arizona Declares State of Emergency in Opioid Epidemic

By | June 5th, 2017|Prevention|

Governor Doug Ducey issued his first public health emergency declaration today that calls for a statewide effort to put an end to opioid deaths in Arizona. The Governor declared the need for immediate action as the number of opioid overdoses and deaths increase at an alarming rate. Last week, we released the 2016 Opioid Report [...]

New 2016 Arizona Opioid Report Reveals Dangerous Trend

By | June 1st, 2017|Prevention|

The 2016 Arizona Opioid Report is out today and the numbers are alarming. The data shows an average of two Arizonans die each day from an opioid overdose . We issued a news release highlighting the report and the threat to our community. The information in the report shows us 790 overdose deaths last year [...]

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Promotes Healthy Relationships for Arizona Teens

By | May 30th, 2017|Prevention|

Every May, adolescent health organizations across the U.S. observe National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month with programs and campaigns to promote healthy relationships and decision making for teens. Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs focus on much more than just sexual risk behaviors – also covering healthy relationships, goal setting, decision making skills, and the importance of communicating [...]

Teach Your Kids Safe Listening to Prevent Irreversible Hearing Loss

By | May 25th, 2017|Preparedness, Prevention|

Does your child like to turn up the volume on their earbuds or headphones when listening to their favorite music? Audiologists are seeing the impacts of personal technology devices misused by children and teenagers and rank it as their top tech-related concern. They urge parents to teach safe listening to prevent irreversible and lifelong hearing [...]

Celebrating the Contributions and Addressing the Needs of Older Arizonans

By | May 17th, 2017|General, Prevention|

The month of May is Older American’s Month, and as further proclaimed by Governor Ducey, we proudly celebrate our growing older adult population in Arizona. Arizona is home to more than 1.3 million older adults who embody a wide-range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds who contribute in many ways to the economy and quality of [...]