Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Opioid Update: Governor Ducey Extends Executive Order for Increased Reporting

Last week Governor Doug Ducey extended the executive order for increased reporting of opioid-related data by renewing his recent. The order, originally issued on June 13, allows state health officials to obtain critical information within 24-hours of an opioid-related overdose or the identification of a baby with drug withdrawal symptoms.

This data is a vital resource to ADHS and other partners […]

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

Protecting People and Pets against Plague in Arizona

Summertime in Arizona can bring outdoor fun for people and their pets, but also a risk for exposure to diseases, such as plague. Plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, and usually circulates between fleas and wild rodents, including prairie dogs. People and animals can be exposed to plague […]

By | August 14th, 2017|Preparedness|2 Comments

Arizona Cancer Programs Secure Increased Funding for the State

The Arizona Cancer Registry and Office of Cancer Prevention and Control received good news last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – their grant application was approved for a total of $3,930,027 per year for the next five years.  This represents a 13.5% increase in funds of $466,909 per […]

By | August 10th, 2017|Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments

Newborn Screening Program Adds SCID Testing to Program Today

The State Public Health Lab Newborn Screening Program started testing for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) syndrome on August 9. SCID is the name for a group of inherited disorders that cause babies to be born without a working immune system, putting them at risk for getting serious infections and death. Governor Doug […]

By | August 9th, 2017|Newborn Screening|0 Comments

Opioid Update: Blood Screening, Grant Funding and Emergency Rule for Licensed Facilities

labWe continue to make steady progress in addressing the statewide opioid epidemic. Last week we expanded blood screening at the State Public Health Lab, announced a $505,104 grant award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and issued emergency rules for licensed healthcare facilities.

The State Public Health Lab is now

By | August 7th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments

Arizona Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Did you know there are more than 80 farmer’s markets in Arizona? We are celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 6-12, 2017. Farmers markets support healthy communities by increasing access to nutritious food, stimulating local economies, and preserving farmland and rural livelihoods.

The Arizona Nutrition Network has launched a new

By | August 7th, 2017|Prevention|0 Comments