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ADHS Benefits Eligibility

By | September 17th, 2012|General|

We often get questions from people at meetings and our stakeholders about citizenship or residency requirements for programs that ADHS runs.  It really depends on the program and with dozens of programs, there’s no one answer.  We posted a frequently asked question sheet on our website, but we wanted to make it even easier for people [...]

State Personnel Annual Report

By | September 17th, 2012|General|

The ADOA published a very interesting annual report about the state government’s workforce this week.  It includes over 30 charts and tables of information regarding the status of the State’s workforce. Some of the highlights in this year’s report include: 1) the number of active employees; 2) vacant positions; 3) average salaries of covered employees; and [...]

Arizona’s New Chronic Disease Strategic Plan

By | September 10th, 2012|Prevention|

I’m happy to share our new Arizona Chronic Disease Strategic Plan.  This past year, our team from the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease worked with community partners from across the state on a new guiding document for chronic disease prevention and health promotion.  This strategic plan will be used by ADHS, county health departments, and community partners [...]

What’s Health-e Connection?

By | August 15th, 2012|General|

Arizona Health-e Connection - better known as AzHeC- is a state-wide public/private collaborative for advancing the adoption of health information technology and health information exchange. We have a seat on the board which advances the secure and private sharing of electronic health information. Here's their 2011 Annual Report.  The Arizona Health-e Connection team has been working closely with Janet Mullen and Paula [...]

Registration Certificate Selection Tuesday

By | August 3rd, 2012|General, Licensing|

Next Tuesday (August 7) is "Selection Tuesday" for our medical marijuana dispensary applicants.  By the end of the day, we’ll have whittled the initial pool of 486 medical marijuana dispensary applications down to 99.  We won’t be allocating the full allotment of 126 Registration Certificates on Tuesday because 27 of our Community Health Analysis Areas [...]

Health Disparities

By | July 27th, 2012|General|

Lots of risk factors contribute to health disparities…  and many of the risk factors are called "social determinants of health." A couple of months ago we (with our community partners), launched the Social Determinants of Health educational series to boost professional development and program planning so Arizona’s public health team can better address health equity [...]

Food Day

By | July 26th, 2012|General|

On October 24, 2012—and on the days and weeks before and after—thousands of Americans will gather in schools, college campuses, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals to talk about what's right and wrong with our diets and whole food system and how to fix them. Food Day unites people from all walks of life—parents, teachers, [...]

Dr. Nelson- Our Friend & Amiga

By | July 25th, 2012|Behavioral Health|

One of our priorities over the last 3.5 years has been to ensure that we develop and train our workforce so that we maintain business continuity and have the ability to transition effectively to new leadership when the time comes (part of Strategic Map element E1).  We’ll be putting our prep work to the test [...]

The Dose Makes the Poison

By | June 19th, 2012|Prevention|

The first thing that you learn in a Toxicology 101 class is the old saying coined by the Renaissance German scientist Paracelsus that: "All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous." We've shortened that to: 'the dose makes the poison".  Anyway... a key question for [...]

First Lady Recognizes Empower

By | May 23rd, 2012|Prevention|

The First Lady’s Let’s Move! Child Care initiative recognized our Empower program for exceptional work to promote young children’s health and prevent childhood obesity in the early care and education setting last week.  We were selected for recognition for carrying out exceptional work to promote and implement the goals of Let’s Move! Child Care, including using [...]