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AZ Brain Injury Resources Continue to Expand

By | April 16th, 2013|General|

Last year we created Arizona’s Excellence in Pre-hospital Injury Care project- which is aimed at improving brain injury outcomes in AZ. The National Institutes of Health chose AZ as the only state to evaluate the national standards for pre-hospital emergency care of brain injury.  Since we got started about a year ago- we’ve recruited almost 100 [...]

Whooping Cough Booster & Pregnancy

By | April 4th, 2013|Prevention|

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a growing problem in the US and Arizona.  There were 41,880 cases and 14 infant deaths from pertussis in the US last year…  which is the largest number of cases since the vaccine became available in the 50s.  In Arizona there were 988 cases in 2012 and there’s a pretty substantial outbreak going on right [...]

CDC’s Valley Fever Article Spotlights AZ

By | April 2nd, 2013|General|

Valley Fever has been making news across the country today. A new report in this week’s CDC’s weekly epidemiology report shows that Valley Fever numbers have gone up substantially in AZ over the last 10 years.  Part of the increase is probably due to the fact that Valley Fever became reportable a few years ago- [...]

Infant Mortality: A Call to Action

By | March 25th, 2013|Prevention|

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, [...]

Data Shows Progress… but Obesity is Still Rising

By | March 19th, 2013|Prevention|

Here’s some good news about the battle against the obesity epidemic: national data shows the average intake of calories has decreased for boys and girls over the last 12 years.  While the news is encouraging, our work to promote nutrition and physical activity to reduce obesity remains important. Reducing obesity is a Winnable Battle both nationally and [...]

Promotoras Make Connections

By | March 11th, 2013|Prevention|

What’s a Promotora?  In simple terms, a Promotora is a community health worker who's a trusted member of the community and serves as a link between people and services to promote the overall health of family, friends and neighbors. Creating effective linkages between vulnerable populations and the health care system can be challenging in Arizona. Like many [...]

Regulatory Reform Update

By | January 22nd, 2013|Licensing|

We’re continuing to make significant progress in our licensing regulatory reform efforts.  Our overall goal is to simplify and streamline our regulations so they align with our strategic plan and map to improve public health outcomes.  The new regulations will more acutely focus on health and safety criteria- and will put more emphasis on outcomes.  [...]

Vaccines & the Social Contract

By | December 14th, 2012|Prevention|

At the core- vaccines are really about community protection.  Our public health system depends on a solid network of providers that are available to vaccinate kids for all of the nasty infectious diseases that have plagued humanity for millennium. It’s not just access to care and a solid network of providers that vaccinate that are [...]

Worksites are a Public Health Lever

By | November 14th, 2012|Prevention|

In September I blogged about how we and Maricopa County Public Health entered into a partnership with the Arizona Small Business Association and Viridian Health Management to train Arizona employers on the implementation of worksite wellness.  I’m happy to share with you that the Healthy Arizona Worksites program has launched.   The purpose of the Healthy [...]

Guest Blog by Sheila Sjolander

By | October 26th, 2012|Prevention|

It’s that time of year again.  It is October, the pink ribbon shows up and you can find opportunities to buy just about anything created in pink; even small appliances.  You know pink has truly taken hold when you see men at the gym wearing pink workout gear and football players wearing pink shoes.  There [...]