Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Get Vaccinated Today and Follow Prevention Guidelines to Protect Against the Flu

Flu is now widespread in Arizona. As of this week, there have been 2,976 cases of flu reported compared to 347 for the same time period in 2016, which is a 758 percent increase in flu activity. This is the highest number of seasonal cases this early since influenza tests became reportable. […]

By | December 21st, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona Receives National Recognition Top Tier of State for Public Health Preparedness

I am proud to announce that Arizona is one of the top states in the nation for public health preparedness. The annual Ready or Not report from the Trust for America’s Health that was released on Dec. 19 grades all 50 states on a variety of criteria including available resources, policy […]

By | December 19th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

New Report Highlights Food Safety in Arizona

Food safety may not be something you think about everyday, but it is certainly on the minds of the ADHS Food Safety & Environmental Services Program and the County Environmental Health Departments.  These are the programs and departments charged with preventing foodborne illness through the inspections their Registered Sanitarians and […]

By | December 15th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

The Critical Role of Arizona Community Health Workers in Bringing Health & Wellness to Arizonans

Arizona has a strong history supporting, implementing and sustaining Community Health Workers (CHW). The Arizona Department of Health Services Community Health Worker Program, which operates under the auspices of our Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, is a core component in our commitment to reaching disparate and underserved populations, has been a […]

By | December 13th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Displaying Data to Improve Health Outcomes

Publicly displaying vital public health information can help engage community partners in understanding emerging diseases of concern as well as identify whether public health interventions are improving the health of Arizonans. Our newly established Environmental Public Health Tracking Program furthers this strategy by distributing environmental health surveillance data to help public health practitioners, healthcare […]

By | December 6th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

It’s Not Too Late to Get the Flu Shot

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) was established in 2005 by the CDC to highlight the continuing need to vaccinate for influenza through the holiday season and beyond. This year, NIVW is being observed December 3 through 9.

Influenza causes mild to severe illness, and even death. Every season, roughly 4,000 Arizonans are hospitalized […]

By | December 5th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments