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.

Keep Your Smile Bright and Healthy Through the New Year

By | December 29th, 2016|Prevention|

The holidays bring family, friends and good times. It also brings a multitude of treats and sweets that are hard to refuse. With all that’s going on during this time of year, it’s easy to let things slide. Your oral health shouldn’t be one of them! Keeping your daily hygiene routine is important to your [...]

Prescription Drug and Opiate Addiction Impact Newborns

By | December 23rd, 2016|Prevention|

Opioid abuse not only affects the user, but also others close to the user, especially, if the user is pregnant. Rural communities in the United States are seeing a rise in the number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, according to JAMA Pediatrics. The syndrome consists of the complications and withdrawal symptoms that result [...]

Work Continues on Breast Cancer Learning Collaborative

By | December 22nd, 2016|Prevention|

Our Office of Cancer Prevention and Control has been awarded a contract from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to continue exciting work on the Breast Cancer Learning Collaborative. In the first year, through some terrific research conducted by the Arizona Cancer Registry, we learned that African American, Native American, and Hispanic women [...]

Help Protect Our Communities by Never Drinking and Driving

By | December 15th, 2016|Prevention|

Every year in Arizona, almost 300 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes. Many deaths occur around the holidays when people are more likely to be celebrating with friends and family. What make these deaths so heartbreaking is that they are preventable. The first and foremost step is never get behind the wheel if you have [...]

New Surgeon General’s Report Highlights Need to Protects Youth from E-Cigarettes

By | December 12th, 2016|Prevention|

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy published a report last week on the emerging public health threat related to the e-cigarette/vape use among youth. While this report is the 33rd Surgeon General's report in 53 years to address the impact of tobacco on health, it's important to note that it is the first to focus on e-cigarettes. [...]

Arizona Success in Protecting People from Secondhand Smoke is a Model for the Nation

By | December 8th, 2016|Prevention|

The successful smoke-free programs we have been working on in Arizona for people living in multi-unit housing have been expanded nationwide. Over the last several years, three Arizona organizations, the Arizona Smoke-Free Living Coalition, American Lung Association in Arizona, and the Arizona Multihousing Association, under the leadership of our Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, [...]

Manage COPD With a Strong Support System

By | December 2nd, 2016|Prevention|

More than 330,000 Arizona residents live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but the numbers affected by this serious, chronic lung disease affect more than breathing. A diagnosis of COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, comes with many physical and emotional challenges that can affect the whole family and circle of friends. From chronic [...]

Several Goals Established to Curb HIV in Arizona

By | December 1st, 2016|Prevention|

Public health agencies around the world recognize World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1 to show support for people living with disease, and to remember those who have passed.  The special day was established in 1988 to create an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. More than 17,000 Arizonans are [...]