May 14th, 2012 by Will Humble
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Today marks the start of the 2-week window for applying for a medical marijuana dispensary Registration Certificate in Arizona. Prospective applicants can check out our Registration Certificate Application Checklist, Instructions, and the official Application on our Medical Marijuana Dispensary webpage. In the first two hours, seven people had dropped off applications.
We’ll start reviewing applications as they come in- and we’ll stop taking applications at the close of business on May 25. We’ll have 30 working days to review the applications- and folks will have 20 working days to submit any documents or information that were missing during our review of the application. We expect to award all of the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Registration Certificates on August 7. If there’s only 1 qualified applicant in a Community Health Analysis Area- that applicant will be awarded a Registration Certificate. We’ll be holding a random drawing on August 7 to award Registration Certificates in the CHAAs with more than 1 qualified applicant.
We’ll refresh our dispensary application page every weekday around the close of business to show how many applications we’ve received by Community Health Analysis Area.
May 11th, 2012 by Will Humble
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Join thousands of public health professionals around the globe next Tuesday by using your iPhone or BlackBerry or whatever and chronicling public health. May 15 is “A Day” and it’s a global event designed to create and share inspiring perspectives on daily life through photography. Public health folks and organizations can submit photos that capture a day in the life of public health in their communities. You can upload your photos between May 15 and the 22nd by visiting the “A Day” FAQs page (which will go live on the 15th)
May 10th, 2012 by Will Humble
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Colby Bower will serve as our Interim Assistant Director for Licensing while we recruit and hire a permanent Assistant Director. Colby has been serving as our Legislative Affairs chief for the last couple of years.
Colby fills several of the criteria that we needed for the interim post: 1) He’s a good risk manager and has a good understanding of the importance of Stakeholder relations; 2) He understands the matrix of our statutes and rules- and knows that we need to exercise our authority through the prism of public health; 3) He’s good with people; and 4) Now that the legislative session is over- he’ll have the time needed to invest in the program. Our Operations folks are busy doing all of the IT, finance and legal things to get Colby the authority and tools he’ll need in his post.
We’ve already announced our recruitment for a permanent Assistant Director. I blogged about the recruitment yesterday, including a hot link to the job announcement on ADOA’s website. Our goal is to complete the recruitment process and hire a permanent AD this summer.
Join me in welcoming and thanking Colby for his willing to fill this important post while we go through the full recruiting process!
May 8th, 2012 by Will Humble
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One of the outstanding legal uncertainties regarding our implementation of AZ Medical Marijuana Act has been the Compassion First v. Brewer lawsuit that challenged our authority to require future dispensaries to have a Medical Director. We’ve always thought dispensary medical direction was a key component to making sure that future dispensaries act in the best interest of patients and prevent recreational diversion. After a judge’s ruling today, it looks like we’ll be OK.
Today a Maricopa Superior Court judge denied the Plaintiffs’ “Motion for Leave” to Amend their previous Complaint (which the court invalidated some of our dispensary selection criteria). The Compassion First were attempting to re-open the case to challenge our requirement that dispensaries have a medical director.
In his opinion (that largely tracks our argument), the judge denied their Motion, finding that the Plaintiffs failed to provide an adequate basis for declining to bring the medical director challenge in their initial complaint and that we (and the public) would be unduly prejudiced if the Court were to grant their Motion. Of course, the Compassion First plaintiffs could always appeal- but (for now) the upshot is that we can require future dispensaries to have medical direction.
May 8th, 2012 by Will Humble
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“Promoting Health and Wellness for all Arizonans” is the motto of the Arizona Department of Health Services. We promote and protect the health of Arizona’s children and adults and set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy and leadership. Want a piece of the action?
We’re looking for an experienced and proactive leader to become our new Assistant Director for Licensing Services. This key position reports directly to me and manages six different state and federal licensing units including Long Term Care, Medical Facilities, Child Care, Assisted Living, Behavioral Health, and Special Licensing. The job oversees about 200 employees and a budget of $17M. But- what makes the job exciting is that you’ll have a unique opportunity to lead a dynamic team and use your talents and skills to make Arizona a healthier place- “Promoting Health and Wellness for All Arizonans”.
May 7th, 2012 by Will Humble
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Obesity, injury prevention, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse are all border health priorities. Our prevention team put together an inventory identifying current programs addressing these priority areas in AZs border communities. Our WIC program and Arizona Nutrition Network reach thousands of low-income women and kids along the border- improving nutrition and reducing obesity. Programs like our Sexual Violence Prevention & Education and Safe Kids coalitions work to address injuries.
Our women’s and children’s health shop just finished an analysis of Teen Pregnancy in Border and Non-Border Counties in Arizona. Teen pregnancy rates along the border have declined significantly in the past decade. The border counties have higher rates of teen pregnancy among 15-17 year olds, but lower rates among 18-19 year olds compared to non-border counties.
Also this week… the national office of the March of Dimes issued a three-year analysis of various maternal and child health indicators in its March of Dimes MCH Border Report. The report finds that Arizona residents of border communities have lower rates of prenatal care and higher rates of infant mortality than the non-border counties, but have lower preterm birth.
May 4th, 2012 by Will Humble
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As part of our strategic plan, we name 5 winnable battles to prioritize over the next 1-3 years. While not de-emphasizing work in other areas, this is an important effort to achieve measurable impact quickly in a few targeted areas. We’ve identified five areas as key domestic winnable battles for improving our state’s health, based on the scope of the burden and the ability to make significant progress in improving outcomes. By identifying clear targets and by working closely with our public health partners, we can make significant progress in these areas.
These winnable battles include: Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity to Reduce Obesity, Reducing Tobacco Use & Substance Abuse, Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections, Reducing Suicides, and Reducing Teen Pregnancy. Through targeted activities, our programs are working to bring the most feasible and cost-effective strategies to fruition, making a meaningful impact on health in our state. I’ve put together a presentation that addresses the state of the state and where we stand on our winnable battles. Check it out on our Managing for Excellence Website.
May 3rd, 2012 by Will Humble
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We published our 2011 ADHS Annual Report this week. Rather than reproduce all of our activities in narrative form- we used a summary approach this year that incorporates a lot of “hot links” to more information about our achievements.