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America’s Drug Abusers Going Gray

By | July 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The proportion of people admitted for drug abuse treatment over 50 nearly doubled between 1992 and 2008.  While alcohol still is the leading cause of admissions in this age group, sharp increases were noted in those needing treatment for heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to the study published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health [...]

America's Drug Abusers Going Gray

By | July 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The proportion of people admitted for drug abuse treatment over 50 nearly doubled between 1992 and 2008.  While alcohol still is the leading cause of admissions in this age group, sharp increases were noted in those needing treatment for heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to the study published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health [...]

AZ Developmental Disability Planning Council Grant Opportunity

By | July 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council  was established by the Governor in September 2009.  It’s part of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.  I’m on the Council.  Our mission is to represent the interests and needs of persons with developmental disabilities throughout Arizona- especially people that are underserved.  We support [...]

ACPTC

By | July 7th, 2010|Uncategorized|

 Our ACPTC  provides for the civil commitment of people who have a mental disorder that predisposes a person to commit sexual acts that pose a danger to the health and safety of others (A.R.S. § 36-3701, et. seq.).  The mission of the center is to provide therapy to those individuals who have been civilly committed- [...]

Child Nutrition Act

By | June 29th, 2010|Uncategorized|

As you remember from previous posts- the Child Nutrition Act has been introduced in the Senate and moved out of Committee.  This month, a bipartisan group of members in the U.S. House introduced a similar bill to reauthorize and amend the Child Nutrition Act, “Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act.”  The bill is posted at [...]

Giving Babies a Boost

By | June 28th, 2010|Uncategorized|

We kicked off an initiative this month to increase the percentage of mom’s that choose to breastfeed their newborn.  The real key to success turns out to be the first couple of days after the baby is born (actually the first few hours are the most important). Our new program is called Baby Steps to Breastfeeding.  [...]

Schultz Fire Update

By | June 25th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The “Schultz” fire started last weekend to the north and east of Flagstaff. It’s grown rapidly and is now over 14,000 acres but is about 40% contained.  The actual fire is in a sparsely populated area off of Highway 89.  But- the public health threat from wildland fires are from the smoke- not so much [...]

Arizona Black AIDS Task Force

By | June 25th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The "Arizona Black AIDS Task Force" is hosting, "Voices of Change HIV/AIDS Leadership Summit" this Saturday. The task force welcomes those who envision an Arizona with no new HIV/AIDS cases in our African American community and with the best possible life for HIV positive folks. Interested folks can call 602.845.9437 or abatf2010@yahoo.com to information about [...]

Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Released

By | June 24th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The vast majority of deaths among kids and young adults in the US are preventable- and many involve the choices theymake.  Car crashes are responsible for 30% of deaths, unintentional injuries 16%, murder 16%, and suicide 12%.  Teen pregnancy causes a wide range of social problems, and there are more than 9 million cases of [...]

“Sink or Swim” Exercise

By | June 23rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Our preparedness team organized and executed a Functional Exercise on Tuesday last week to test Arizona’s hospital system for Interoperable Communications, Tracking of Bed Availability, Deploying Volunteer Health Professionals, Fatality Management, and Medical Evacuation/Shelter-In-Place capabilities.  The exercise focused on hospital, local health, and state health Emergency Operations Center coordination.    The exercise scenario was called Sink [...]