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New Year’s Resolutions & Public Health

By | December 31st, 2010|General, Prevention|

Our Tobacco Prevention Program will be hitting targeted audiences (lower income Arizonans) a few days before New Years and during January with smoking cessation messages. There’s no better time to motivate folks to quit smoking than January because that’s the time of year when people generally set health goals for themselves.  The ads (funded by [...]

Community Health Center Expansion News

By | December 29th, 2010|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

The US Department of Health and Human Services is in line to receive $11 Billion in funding over the next 5 years for the operation, expansion and construction of health centers nationwide.  These funds will be made available through a nationwide competitive grant application process.  Our Bureau of Health Systems Development is the Arizona designated [...]

Public Health Preparedness – an AZ Strength

By | December 14th, 2010|Preparedness|

Public health threats are always present. They include natural disasters; biological, chemical, and radiological incidents; and explosions. The impact of these threats can range from local outbreaks to incidents with national or global ramifications.  Last year’s  influenza pandemic underscored the importance of communities being prepared for potential threats. Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and [...]

Flu Season

By | November 9th, 2010|Preparedness|

Last year at this time the new H1N1 flu virus was going gangbusters.  Loads of Arizonans were getting sick (especially kids), the vaccine was still in short supply.  The county health departments were prioritizing which doctors could get the vaccine.  What a difference a year makes.   Flu activity across the country is light (so far), [...]

Winnable Battle- Healthcare Acquired Infections

By | August 18th, 2010|General|

Each year in the US there are 1.7 million health care associated infections that cause approximately 99,000 deaths in US hospitals.  There are lots of germs that can cause health care associated infections, but 16% are in the really bad category because they’re resistant to  antibiotics.  These multidrug-resistant organisms pose huge problems once they get [...]

Arizona’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Goes Live

By | August 6th, 2010|Behavioral Health, General|

Some of the folks that we serve in our diverse mission have complicated medical conditions and may have had trouble in the past finding health insurance because of a pre-existing health problem.  The new federal healthcare reform law may be able to help some of these folks under the newly created “Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP)”…  [...]

ADHS E-Communications Site

By | August 2nd, 2010|General|

Just a reminder that you can sign up for electronic notifications in your in-box of our media releases, and lots of other cool communications like our weekly, in-season, healthy recipe at: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/email.jsp?m=1101362445484.  Tell your friends too.

Community Health Data Initiative

By | June 22nd, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

Earlier this month, the US Department of Health & Human Services announced a new public-private effort that aims to help Americans understand health and health care performance in their communities and to help spark and facilitate action to improve performance.  It’s called the Community Health Data Initiative l.  The goals are to provide Community Health [...]

Childhood Obesity Assessment Grant

By | June 16th, 2010|Prevention|

Congratulations to our Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity for their grant award announced this month from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Leadership for Healthy Communities program.  Over the coming year, we’ll be strengthening our capacity to make a dent in childhood obesity by conducting a health impact assessment to prevent childhood [...]

“Winnable Public Health Battles” Motor Vehicle Injuries

By | May 27th, 2010|Prevention|

This week I'm looking at what you are sure to hear a lot about in the coming three years.  The CDC, led by Dr. Thomas Frieden, will be strategically addressing 5 "winnable battles" in public health.  So far, I told you about Healthcare associated infections, childhood obesity and preventing smoking.  We can make a difference [...]