Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

The 2017 ADVICE Collaborative is Coming Soon

In 2013, our Licensing and Infectious Disease Services teams partnered with the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Program to develop a day-long ADVICE Collaborative conference aimed at improving infection control practices. The ADVICE Collaborative brings together licensed dialysis providers, the dialysis network, federal partners and public health professionals to find new ways to promote infection control, build relationships, […]

By | June 14th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Make Preparations for the Upcoming Monsoon Season

Monsoon season is fast-approaching and with it thunderstorm activity that will continue through September, during which more than half of Arizona’s yearly rainfall will occur. You and your family will be able to enjoy some great views of Arizona’s extreme weather, but it is also important to be aware that thunderstorms may result in alerts […]

By | June 13th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Announcing the SunWise Poster Contest Winner

The SunWise Program held its annual presentation for the winner of the “Be SunWise & Play Sun Smart Skin Cancer Prevention Poster Contest” on Saturday, May 13 at the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. This year’s winner, Grecia Solorio (right), certainly scored a home run with her detailed and colorful […]

By | June 12th, 2017|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

ADHS’ Rapid Response to a Public Health Emergency

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 […]

By | June 9th, 2017|Prevention|2 Comments

Launching a Public Health Approach to Chronic Pain

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 […]

By | June 8th, 2017|General, Prevention|0 Comments