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Influenza Going Gangbusters in US and AZ

By | January 10th, 2013|General, Licensing, Prevention|

During the 2009- 2010 influenza pandemic, we saw how influenza can be unpredictable in terms of who it affects most, when it occurs, and what strains will circulate. This season is no exception. While the circulating strains are exactly what we predicted, the peak of the flu season is hitting earlier than usual (now) and it's [...]

Valley Fever Season Peaking

By | January 8th, 2013|General|

Valley Fever typically peaks in late fall and early winter with a minor peak from June to August (refer to the 2007-2011 Valley Fever Report). Those who've been in Arizona for a while may know that Valley Fever is a lung infection caused by a fungus that is common in the soil here. In most cases, [...]

‘Tis the Season to Be Vaccinated…

By | December 19th, 2012|Prevention|

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released issued new recommendations to encourage pregnant women to get the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine (Tdap) during their pregnancy.  Since most kids get whooping cough from a close family member, vaccinating parents (and teens) is one of the best ways to prevent infants, especially those who are too young [...]

Tobacco Use & the Target Market

By | November 15th, 2012|Prevention|

One of the things you learn in business school is the importance of using the concept of a “target market” as a core of your business marketing plan.  That’s what we do when it comes to tobacco cessation.  We examine our tobacco surveillance data and look at demographic patterns for target populations and look for the [...]

Even Healthier AZ Preschools on the Way

By | October 23rd, 2012|General, Prevention|

AZ was selected to be one of only six states to participate in a new national initiative to help preschools to adopt evidence-based practices in nutrition, breastfeeding support, physical activity, and "screen time" policies and practices. The project begins this month when a company called Nemours (that’s who's been hired by the CDC) begins establishing and training state teams to lead preschool quality improvement learning collaboratives.  Nemours [...]

National Vaccine Policies in Flux

By | October 5th, 2012|Affordable Care Act, Prevention|

The next 2 years will be a time of transition for how vaccines are delivered and paid for in the US- as national policy shifts to the new order under the Affordable Care Act.  In the short-term there'll be some transition challenges- but in the long run- it should be easier to keep up our vaccination rates.  In [...]

2012 State by State Preparedness Report

By | October 2nd, 2012|General, Preparedness, Prevention|

Safeguarding the public’s health is more important than ever.  Whether the threat is a disease outbreak, environmental hazard or natural disaster, the public health system works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep Arizonans safe.  Each year, the CDC evaluates state and local public health preparedness programs in a detailed report.  This [...]

Worksite Wellness- a Critical Public Health Lever

By | September 21st, 2012|Affordable Care Act, Prevention|

Chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes cause 70% of deaths in the US these days… absorbing 75% of the $2.5T spent on annual medical care costs.  When it comes to employee healthcare expenses- the indirect costs of poor health like absenteeism, disability, and reduced work output can be several times higher than direct medical [...]

Lower the Pressure

By | September 14th, 2012|Prevention|

About 1/3 of American adults have high blood pressure and more than half of them don’t have it under control.   The majority of people with high blood pressure are being treated with medicine and have seen a doctor at least twice in the past year…  but their pressure still isn't under control, according to a new [...]

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 [...]