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Looking for a Dynamic and Rewarding Career?

By | May 10th, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Life expectancy improved by more than 30 years in the US during the 20th Century.  Advances in diagnosis and treatment of disease have played a role, but the real reason we’re living longer today has a lot more to do with public health interventions than advances in health care.  Interventions like vaccines, motor vehicle safety, [...]

Incentivizing Chronic Disease Self-Management

By | April 12th, 2011|Prevention|

This month AHCCCS told us that they’ve picked our Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease as the state applicant for HHS’ Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Grant.  The grant proposal (which will be developed with AHCCCS) must be turned in to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services early next month.  The grant [...]

Whole Grains Campaign

By | February 23rd, 2011|Prevention|

The Arizona Nutrition Network just launched a new campaign targeting Whole Grains.  The goal is to educate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants on the importance and benefits of eating plenty of whole grains.  Whole grains are great because they give you fiber, B vitamins including folate and they are low in fat, reducing your risk [...]

Diabetes Awareness

By | February 22nd, 2011|Prevention|

More than 10% of Arizonans have diabetes.  But what’s even more alarming are the recent estimate by the CDC that about 1.5 million Arizonans (25%) have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes.  Pre-diabetes significantly raises a person’s risk of Type 2 [...]

2011 Department Priorities Spotlight- Public Health Prevention

By | December 28th, 2010|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

The name of the game for Public Health Prevention in 2011 is integration and leverage.  Our Public Health Prevention Team will be focusing on the social determinants of health and working to implement policies, systems and environmental changes that make the healthy choices easy.  Here are some examples of our public health prevention priorities for the [...]

Personal BP Story

By | October 26th, 2010|Uncategorized|

When we implemented our Salt Initiative  earlier this year we asked people to know their blood pressure and consider reducing their sodium intake by shopping more carefully and preparing recipes that are lower in sodium.  One of the main messages was to encourage people to know their own blood pressure.  Then it occurred to me- [...]

Heart Disease v. Cancer in AZ

By | October 25th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

As predicted by our 1990 ADHS Vital Statistics Bureau in 1990- cancer is now the number one killer in Arizona – surpassing heart disease.  Does this mean that cancer is getting worse?  Probably not- it really says that because of better management, treatment, and prevention of heart disease- people with heart conditions are living longer.  [...]

“Winnable Public Health Battles” Smoking and Tobacco Use

By | May 26th, 2010|Prevention|

All this week, I'm talking about the five "winnable battles" in public health as laid out by the new CDC Director - Dr. Thomas Frieden.  Dr. Frieden talked about focusing its strategic planning on public health and policy interventions to help win the 5 “Winnable Battles” in the next 3 years.  There’s not much on [...]

Do You Know Your Blood Pressure?

By | March 1st, 2010|General|

High blood pressure is at the source of roughly one in six deaths among adults annually. About one in three adult Arizonans have blood pressure that’s too high, putting huge economic demands on Medicaid, Medicare (AHCCCS) and our private health insurers (plus, of course, the loss of life).  The Institute of Medicine put out a [...]

Salt Initiative

By | February 22nd, 2010|Prevention, Uncategorized|

We launched our salt reduction initiative this week http://www.azdhs.gov/salt/.  The overall goal is to get Arizonans to reduce their salt intake by paying more attention to the Sodium line in the nutrition facts and being a better- by selecting foods for the family that are lower in sodium. Sodium can increase your blood pressure and [...]