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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Update

By | January 19th, 2012|Licensing, Preparedness|

  With the recent ruling in Maricopa Superior Court, ADHS is analyzing the best way to responsibly begin accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensaries. Last week, the Governor instructed ADHS to proceed with the dispensary portion of the AMMA. One of the stumbling blocks was the pending Compassion First vs. Arizona case, which challenged some [...]

New Debilitating Medical Condition Applications

By | January 17th, 2012|Licensing, Preparedness|

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (36-2801.01) directs us to accept and review applications to add new debilitating medical conditions that qualify folks to hold patient registration cards.  We outlined the requirements and review procedures in the Rules we adopted (R9-17-106)- which say that we’ll accept applications every January and July.  We’re planning to accept applications during the last [...]

Folic Acid Awareness Week

By | January 9th, 2012|Prevention|

This week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week and a great time to start taking a multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.   So, whether or not you’re planning to have a baby this year, you can start the New Year with healthy habits that will help give a baby a healthy start [...]

AZ HIV Surveillance Hits the Mark

By | September 29th, 2011|General, Prevention|

Arizona’s HIV surveillance hit the mark in the latest CDC national Incidence report.  Arizona led the nation in testing and treatment completeness and test results. We’re very proud to have published the first ever Arizona specific HIV incidence estimate which is now posted on our website.

ADHS Asks AZ Attorney General’s Office to Review the Legality of “Cannabis Clubs”

By | July 14th, 2011|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services has serious concerns about the legality of so-called cannabis clubs. The information that we have regarding these "clubs" suggests that they are distributing marijuana to customers in a way that is inconsistent with the provisions of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, and the persons involved could be conducting illegal marijuana transactions.  For this [...]

Vital Records Self-sufficiency

By | June 12th, 2011|Preparedness|

One of the budget bills that passed and was signed last legislative session (Laws 2011, Chapter 31, § 7) allows our Office of Vital Records to set new fees for copies of registered certificates, certified copies, amendments, etc. Our Office of Vital Records will use the new fees to “self-fund” the program, meaning we’ll no longer receive State General [...]

Transforming Communities

By | June 8th, 2011|Prevention|

The CDC released their grant guidance for the upcoming Community Transformation Grants a couple of weeks ago.  The objective of the grant is to support the implementation (and evaluation) of evidence-based community preventive health activities to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence base [...]

Looking for a Dynamic and Rewarding Career?

By | May 10th, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Life expectancy improved by more than 30 years in the US during the 20th Century.  Advances in diagnosis and treatment of disease have played a role, but the real reason we’re living longer today has a lot more to do with public health interventions than advances in health care.  Interventions like vaccines, motor vehicle safety, [...]

Medical Marijuana and the Federal law

By | May 2nd, 2011|General|

The U.S. Attorney for Arizona wrote me a letter today about how the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and our rules  interface with federal law.  As you know, Arizona voters passed the Act last November and ADHS created a program to clearly carry out the voters’ wishes.    While we've done what we can to set the stage for a medical [...]