Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Keep Your Family Safe this Independence Day

The bright flash of red, white, and blue accompanied by a thunderous boom defines Independence Day for many Americans. Dozens of professional fireworks shows are preceded and followed by thousands of amateur exhibitions. Arizona relaxed its stance towards the sale and use of fireworks a few years ago but the danger remains. Our 

By | July 3rd, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Opioid Response Update: First Week Real-Time Data Reported

This week we posted our first report of real time data reported to us from healthcare providers, first responders, law enforcement agencies, and pharmacists in our coordinated response to the alarming increase in opioid deaths in Arizona. Between June 15 and June 22, 191 suspected opioid overdoses, 15 of them fatal, […]

By | June 30th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Online Resources for Finding Reliable Health Information

Looking for health information online can be overwhelming and confusing. Since 1997, has been sharing reliable health information with health professionals and consumers. As part of this work, they have developed criteria for websites they will link to from These guidelines reflect quality standards that are a part […]

By | June 29th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Zika Planning Continues in Arizona

We hosted a Zika Action Plan Workshop and Tabletop Exercise on June 20 as part of our Zika preparedness series that began with the Zika Action Plan Summit in May 2016. Approximately 80 partners representing more than 25 local, tribal, and state organizations attended the latest workshop. The workshop events included […]

By | June 28th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Take Precautions to Stay Safe in Excessive Heat

Excessive Heat Warnings have affected many areas of our state since June 17. Temperatures during the Heat Warning reached as high as 122 degrees in cities like Lake Havasu and Bullhead City. Other parts of the state including Glendale and Yuma were at 120. With the extended duration of this […]

By | June 27th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments