Improving Arizona’s Birth Outcomes

By |March 13th, 2014|

Arizona ranks in the middle of the pack in infant mortality.  We’re doing many things right to improve the health of our babies-  but we have a way to go. Last fall we participated in a learning collaborative sponsored by the National Governors Association.  About 160 folks met to begin the process developing a statewide [...]

2013 ADHS Legislative Summary

By |July 3rd, 2013|

Thanks go out to all of our ADHS team that tracked bills throughout the legislative session and provided feedback.  Especially- a huge thanks to Colby Bower to hung tough throughout the entire process.  There were lots of spinning plates in the air and we managed to watch them all because of our team effort.  This year’s [...]

Ending the School Year on the Right Foot

By |May 21st, 2013|

Summer is almost here and the kids are wrapping up the school year. Let’s challenge families to end the school year on the right foot. Why not try walking or biking to school? The mornings are still nice enough to walk.  Make it a family activity; role model healthy behavior, leave the car keys at [...]

Infant Mortality: A Call to Action

By |March 25th, 2013|

A new program is coming to help address infant mortality rates in Arizona thanks to the leadership of Dr. Maria Manriquez and the Maricopa Integrated Health System- who was awarded a Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns grant from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  They’ll be developing enhanced prenatal care at maternity care homes, [...]

New Year, New MEDSIS

By |January 14th, 2013|

Over the past two years, folks in ITS and Epidemiology and Disease Control have been working together to enhance our state’s electronic communicable disease surveillance system called MEDSIS.   This week the new version of MEDSIS went live. Major enhancements include the integration of tuberculosis reporting, case management and surveillance; expanded case management capabilities for all diseases; [...]

Patient-driven Solution Needs Your Help

By |December 13th, 2012|

The Patients and Hospital Rehab Departments at the Hospital are working together with the Phoenix Rescue Mission (homeless shelter) to create Blessing Bags. Blessing Bags are large gallon sized Ziploc bags filled with basic necessities which will be handed out by the Phoenix Rescue Mission to the homeless.  But they need some donations to get [...]

Mission of Mercy

By |December 7th, 2012|

Oral health is more than a nice smile.  Having good oral health improves a person’s ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, and eat.  Plus, tooth decay and gum disease have been linked with other health problems like heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as premature births.  Given the link between oral diseases and [...]

Undy 5000

By |November 13th, 2012|

For the 5th year in a row, we’re participating in the Undy 5000 fun walk/run on November 17th. This event helps increase awareness of colon cancer and encourages folks to bite the bullet and get screened.  The run raises money for the Colon Cancer Alliance and half the profits stay here in Arizona. Half is spent [...]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By |October 26th, 2012|

Every day at least 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S.  October is set aside to help bring awareness to the issue - across the country domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women aged 15-44. In Arizona last year, 108 individuals lost their lives to domestic violence; so [...]

Our New Strategic Plan

By |October 17th, 2012|

The vision of the Department is to ideally achieve a state of Health and Wellness for all Arizonans and our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. The updated mission and vision statements are helping us build public health value in-house as well as in [...]