Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

World AIDS Day Recognizes Progress Made to End the Epidemic

Today the Arizona Department of Health Services join all Arizonans in the recognition of World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day was established in 1988 as opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have passed.

This year, […]

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

Cough? Fever? Exhausted? You could have Valley Fever

All it takes is one breath. An estimated 150,000 people are infected each year in the U.S. by the fungus that causes valley fever (coccidioidomycosis). The fungus is mostly found in the Southwest with nearly two-thirds of all nationally reported cases residing in Arizona.

Arizonans in every county are affected by valley fever year-round. […]

By | November 29th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Vital Records Staff Participate in National Adoption Day

National Adoption Day, which took place this year on Nov.18, is an annual event held to raise awareness for more than 100,000 foster-care children nationwide who are waiting to find their forever families. Adoptions for hundreds of children are finalized on this special day. This year 261 children were adopted in […]

By | November 28th, 2017|Licensing|0 Comments

Informatics Improves Childhood Blood Lead Surveillance

Informatics is the science behind storing, accessing, and sharing information, a critical component to public health practice. Public health organizations, such as ADHS face challenges collecting and analyzing data related to the health of a population and managing this data in the most efficient and effective ways. The ability to store and analyze data […]

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

Tips for Visiting Friends and Loved Ones in Long-term Care and Assisted Living Facilities During the Holidays

During the holiday season our thoughts often turn to visiting friends or loved ones in long-term care and assisted living facilities. The visits, while strongly recommended by those involved in health care and aging, are sometimes very emotional.

We recommend that Arizonans who visit relatives or friends during the holidays should first plan ahead […]

By | November 21st, 2017|Licensing|0 Comments