Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Arizona Cancer Programs Secure Increased Funding for the State

The Arizona Cancer Registry and Office of Cancer Prevention and Control received good news last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – their grant application was approved for a total of $3,930,027 per year for the next five years.  This represents a 13.5% increase in funds of $466,909 per […]

By | August 10th, 2017|Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments

Newborn Screening Program Adds SCID Testing to Program Today

The State Public Health Lab Newborn Screening Program started testing for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) syndrome on August 9. SCID is the name for a group of inherited disorders that cause babies to be born without a working immune system, putting them at risk for getting serious infections and death. Governor Doug […]

By | August 9th, 2017|Newborn Screening|0 Comments

Opioid Update: Blood Screening, Grant Funding and Emergency Rule for Licensed Facilities

labWe continue to make steady progress in addressing the statewide opioid epidemic. Last week we expanded blood screening at the State Public Health Lab, announced a $505,104 grant award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and issued emergency rules for licensed healthcare facilities.

The State Public Health Lab is now

By | August 7th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Arizona Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Did you know there are more than 80 farmer’s markets in Arizona? We are celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 6-12, 2017. Farmers markets support healthy communities by increasing access to nutritious food, stimulating local economies, and preserving farmland and rural livelihoods.

The Arizona Nutrition Network has launched a new

By | August 7th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Improving Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response in Arizona

Last week, we hosted our eighth annual Arizona Infectious Disease Training & Exercise (AZID2017), where about 400 partners from a wide variety of organizations joined together to learn and share about best practices and current infectious disease trends in Arizona and surrounding states. We hosted speakers from local Arizona jurisdictions, other states, […]

By | August 4th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Partners Exercise Response Plans During a Hepatitis A Outbreak Scenario

Our Food and Waterborne Teams in the Office of Infectious Disease Services led a foodborne outbreak investigation tabletop exercise for almost 110 public health partners last week. Individuals in attendance came from tribal and county health departments, hospitals, state universities, and federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  This […]

By | August 3rd, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments