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Excellent “Public Health 101” PowerPoint

By | November 27th, 2013|General|

One of the objectives in our Strategic Map is Building Awareness of Public Health Value.  One of the ways we can do that is to educate community groups, students and other Stakeholders about the return on investment that public health provides and how the system works.  Lucky for us the CDC recently published a PowerPoint [...]

This is An Exercise

By | November 20th, 2013|Preparedness|

Arizona’s public health and healthcare system teamed up with the ADHS including our Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and the Arizona Division of Emergency Management last week in one of the largest preparedness exercises of the year. The objective was to test and build preparedness capabilities across the emergency management system in AZ. More than 3,000 [...]

Valley Fever Awareness

By | November 14th, 2013|General, Preparedness|

Guest blog by Jessica Rigler, Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control 11th Annual Valley Fever Awareness Week Valley Fever is a lung infection caused a fungus in the soil here in Arizona.  People get it by breathing in Valley Fever spores in the air. Most people will have no symptoms or recover after a few [...]

Health in All Policies Guidance

By | October 16th, 2013|General, Prevention|

The California Department of Public Health, the California Endowment, and the Public Health Institute released a document called  "Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments" this week…  which provides best practices to improve the public's health and safety by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all sectors and policy areas.  The [...]

E-cigarettes and Teens

By | September 27th, 2013|General|

E-cigarettes have been a huge topic of discussion in the tobacco control industry and in public health over the past few years. While containing no actual tobacco, they do contain nicotine, are flavored and require the user to emulate the act of smoking.   The CDC recently released a study showing that e-cigarette use has doubled [...]

New AZ Cancer Report

By | August 22nd, 2013|Prevention|

Surveillance is a cornerstone of public health practice because it gives us the tools we need to identify priorities and craft effective interventions to improve outcomes.  Cancer surveillance is no exception.  Our Arizona Cancer Registry tracks and monitors the number and types of cancer cases in the state and publishes reports periodically.  Our new report [...]

Vision Awards x 2

By | August 14th, 2013|Prevention|

One of the most important aspects of public health is sharing effective, creative ideas with other public health agencies so more people can benefit from what we learn.  Each year the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials highlights really good programs with their Vision Awards.  This year, they selected 2 from Arizona to share [...]

What’s Meaningful Use, Anyway?

By | June 26th, 2013|General|

You’ve probably heard the words “meaningful use” thrown around…  but what is it?  Basically, it’s using electronic health record technology to: 1) Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities; 2) Engage patients and family; 3) Improve care coordination, and population and public health; and 4) Maintain privacy and security of patient health information.   Using [...]

Our Newest Decision-making Tool

By | June 24th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

The core of our decision-making as an agency relies on evidence.  Evidence can be scientific like surveillance or research or it can be administrative or financial.  Whichever way you slice it- the key is to get good reliable information so that our teams can make effective decisions as we execute our mission.   One of the [...]

Obesity Declared a Disease

By | June 21st, 2013|Prevention|

The American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity as a disease this week.  This is an important change… because the term “disease” in the managed care world means that that prevention and treatment is more medically necessary, justifying reimbursement for necessary interventions.  If obesity isn't a disease then I don't know what is.  Obesity has [...]