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Joint Statement on Importance of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship

By | November 3rd, 2016|Preparedness|

The CDC and The Pew Charitable Trusts, in collaboration with 12 national health organizations, released a joint letter earlier this month on the importance of antibiotic stewardship in outpatient settings. Outpatient stewardship refers to coordinated efforts to promote appropriate prescribing of antibiotics for non-hospitalized patients in clinics, doctor’s offices, and emergency rooms. The overarching goal is to [...]

New Campaign Teaches Arizona Youth about the Dangers of E-cigarettes

By | October 25th, 2016|Prevention|

This week we launched a new public awareness campaign called “Vape is a Lie” teaches youth about the dangers of nicotine and e-cigarettes. Vape is a Lie features a series of three public service announcements and a website,, where Arizona youth can learn more about the dangerous chemicals often found in e-cigarettes, commonly [...]

Tips to Stay Safe when Receiving Medical Services Abroad

By | October 14th, 2016|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 750,000 Americans travel out of the country each year for medical care. The most common reasons are for cosmetic surgery, dental work, and heart surgery. If you’re planning a medical tourism trip or find yourself receiving unplanned healthcare services while abroad, it’s important to [...]

Youth Coalition Selected as One of Nation’s Best by CDC

By | October 7th, 2016|Prevention|

The CDC has chosen the Students Taking A New Direction (STAND) as one of only two national models for youth prevention efforts to be featured in the revised CDC Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement–State and Community Interventions. STAND is a youth prevention program with more than 250 middle and high school youth participating in [...]

More than 200,000 Quit Smoking in the Last Five Years in Arizona

By | October 4th, 2016|Prevention|

Last week we announced that the adult smoking rate in Arizona is at an all-time low. New data from the CDC shows the 2015 adult smoking rate in Arizona dropped to a historic low of 14 percent, down from 19.3 percent in 2011. This decrease translates to more than 200,000 Arizonans who quit smoking over [...]

Join the Global Conversation about Antibiotic Resistance This Week

By | September 21st, 2016|Preparedness|

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are the germs that don’t respond to the drugs developed to kill them. Such germs threaten to return us to the time when people used to die from simple infections. Today, antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths every year in the United States. High levels of antibiotic resistance have [...]

Think Sepsis for Quickly Recognizing and Treating Life Threatening Infection

By | September 9th, 2016|Preparedness|

Recently, CDC’s Vital Signs publication highlighted sepsis, a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Sepsis is a medical emergency and is deadly when it’s not quickly recognized and treated . Patients who develop sepsis have an increased risk of complications and [...]

Vaccination Coverage rates for teens are improving across the country and in Arizona

By | September 2nd, 2016|Preparedness|

Last week CDC released 2015 vaccination coverage data for teens collected through the National Immunization Surveys (NIS). These surveys are sponsored annually through the CDC, and for teens, they attempt to estimate the level of coverage for three important adolescent vaccines: Tdap, Meningococcal, and HPV vaccine. There is good news for Arizona in this year's [...]

To Game or not to Game? The Dilemma of Zika and the Olympics

By | August 5th, 2016|Preparedness|

The 2016 Summer Olympics will soon take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a Zika-affected country. This has created a lot of discussion about the risk for travelers and their families. CDC and the WHO have both affirmed that travel to the Olympics is not any riskier than non-Olympic-related travel to Zika affected areas. The [...]