Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Provide Much-Needed Service to Our Communities

Today we’re celebrating the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. The day honors the contributions and expertise of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists as food and nutrition experts.

We have more than 20 Registered Dietitian Nutritionists working on our team to help us achieving our mission to improve health […]

By | March 8th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Learn How You Can Do Your Part to Keep Groundwater Safe

March 5 through 11 marks the 19th National Groundwater Awareness Week. Groundwater is the water that soaks into the soil from rain or other precipitation and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand. Most groundwater flows directly into streams, rivers and lakes. Groundwater can […]

By | March 7th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Multi-State Outbreak of E. coli Shows Up in Arizona Child Care Centers

Our disease detectives at the state and counties are at it again, investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 . We are working with Arizona’s counties, other states, CDC, and regulatory agencies to determine the source of the outbreak.

E. coli O157 is a strain that causes diarrhea, often bloody, along […]

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

Preserving Public Health Funding

Everyone who has been watching the news and has probably heard about efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare. When the ACA was established, the funding for several pre-existing, long-established, and important, life-saving public health programs including immunizations and infectious […]

By | March 3rd, 2017|General|0 Comments

Strengthening Compliance with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act with County Partnerships

The Smoke-Free Arizona Act went into effect nearly 10 years ago on May 1, 2007. The Act prohibits smoking inside and within 20 feet of entrances, open windows, and ventilation systems of most enclosed public places and places of employment. Our Smoke-Free Arizona Program is responsible for education, compliance, […]

By | March 2nd, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Certified Lactation Consultants are an Important Part in Improving Breastfeeding Rates

Today we’re celebrating International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Day and recognizing the important role the consultants have to improve the lives of breastfeeding families. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are healthcare professionals who specialize in the clinical management of breastfeeding and work in a wide variety of settings, including the Arizona WIC Program. When a family has the opportunity […]

By | March 1st, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments