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National Handwashing Awareness Week

By | December 5th, 2016|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified handwashing as the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water will help protect you from getting sick with things like influenza, a cold, norovirus, and many other unpleasant infections. This week, we're [...]

Conference Brings Arizona Tribes Together to Address Cancer Prevention

By | November 23rd, 2016|Prevention|

We are proud to partner with tribes from across the state to promote cancer prevention. This month, the Office of Cancer Prevention and Control hosted the 10th Annual Tribal Collaborative Conference in partnership with the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation, San Carlos Apache Tribe, and Gila River Indian Community. In Arizona, cancer is [...]

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 [...]