Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Legionnaires’ Disease in Healthcare Facilities

A recent CDC Vital Signs highlighted Legionnaire’s Disease, a serious and often deadly, lung infection (pneumonia) caused by the bacterium “Legionella”. People are exposed to Legionella when they breathe in mist (small droplets of water in the air) containing the bacteria.

Most healthy people do not get sick after being exposed to Legionella. […]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona Acute and Long-Term Care Infection Prevention and Control Collaborative

Our Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program and Division of Licensing Services, collaborated with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, APIC Consulting Inc., Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), and other state partners to provide a two-day Arizona Healthcare-Acquired Conditions (HAC) and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Summit.

The two-day collaborative, held June 8 […]

By | June 21st, 2017|Licensing, Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona Partners in Preparedness are Prepared to Respond to Public Health Emergencies

Our Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in partnership with State Emergency Management, Ability360, and independent living advocates joined forces to strengthen disaster readiness for persons with disabilities. The statewide Emergency Preparedness Task Force on Access and Functional Needs held the biannual preparedness summit on June 8 that brought together communities, individuals, […]

By | June 20th, 2017|Preparedness|0 Comments

Antimicrobial Stewardship in Community Settings

Last Sunday our Healthcare-Associated Infections Program and Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee members presented at the 2017 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention. Their presentation “Antimicrobial Stewardship Focused on Community Settings in Arizona: Ready For Prime-Time” was focused on the following discussions:

  • Global initiatives to improve the use of antibiotics, including programs […]
By | June 19th, 2017|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

Work Continues on Opioid Emergency Response

Our team has logged another week in the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) hard at work addressing Governor Ducey’s calls to action to address Arizona’s opioid epidemic. Just like last week, this week has been a busy one.

This week, Governor Ducey issued an executive order to increase timely reporting of […]

By | June 16th, 2017|General, Prevention|0 Comments

ADHS and More Than 120 Organizations Recognized as Healthy Worksites

I’m excited to announce that our department has been awarded a platinum award from the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program. Our vision at ADHS is to promote health and wellness for all Arizonans, and that starts with our team. We have several programs at ADHS—from wellness classes to breastfeeding support for new […]

By | June 15th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments