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AZ Smokes the Field

By | June 15th, 2012|Prevention|

AZ had the biggest % decrease in teen smoking rates in the country according to the new CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey this week. Smoking rates among AZ teens dropped 12% in the last couple of years- while rates generally stayed flat across the country.  That's 11,000 fewer teen tobacco users between 2009 and 2011.  About half of the teenagers in AZ [...]

Smoke Free AZ Turns 5

By | May 30th, 2012|General, Prevention|

It’s hard to believe- but our Smoke Free Arizona program turned 5 this month.  Voters approved the Act back in November of ’06 by a few percentage points.  The Initiative language gave us a super-short turn-around time (just like medical marijuana)…  and we turned the key on the program by May of ’07.  Implementation of the [...]

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

By | April 13th, 2012|Prevention|

Being born too soon is the number one killer of infants in Arizona and in the nation (birth defects is a close second).  Death rates from prematurity are declining but babies born too soon (before 37 weeks) often face medical, developmental and social challenges as they get older. More than 8,000 babies in Arizona were born too soon [...]

What’s a GASO?

By | November 17th, 2011|General|

Today is the Great American Smoke Out – started by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to quit, even if it is just for one day.  Arizona is doing very well compared to the rest of the country when you talk about stopping smoking.  Our state is down to 16% of the adult population [...]

What’s Preconception Health- and Why’s it Important?

By | November 7th, 2011|General, Prevention|

Being born too soon is the number one killer of infants in Arizona and in the nation.  Death rates from prematurity are declining but babies born too soon (before 37 weeks) often face medical, developmental and social challenges as they get older. More than 8,000 babies in Arizona were born too soon last year.   This week the March [...]

AZ Data to Drive Public Health Interventions

By | October 24th, 2011|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

Making good decisions about prioritizing which public health issues to tackle and how to target our interventions rests on our ability to collect and analyze public health data.  For infectious disease surveillance that means have a base of solid reporting and surveillance so we can analyze infectious disease trends.  For chronic diseases, we need to [...]

Behavioral Health Kicking the Habit

By | September 13th, 2011|Behavioral Health, General|

For the past 16 months, our folks in the Division of Behavioral health and our Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease and ASHline have been working to train clinical behavioral health staff in Maricopa and Pima Counties on how to get folks into smoking cessation (quit) services.  The overall goal of this collaboration was to establish [...]

Healthy Living = Improved Life Expectancy

By | June 23rd, 2011|General, Prevention|

Everybody knows that people in different parts of the country behave differently when it comes to smoking and physical activity, but does it impact how long they live?  The answer is yes.  According to fascinating study, Americans are living longer, but not in every part of the country.  In fact, in some areas, life expectancy [...]

New Cigarette Warning Labels launched today

By | June 21st, 2011|Prevention|

Today the FDA released the new, graphic warning labels that will be on cigarette packs.  The labels educate smokers and others, including kids, about the dangers of tobacco use and encourage smokers to quit.  Using this proven techique, the U.S. joins 43 other countries that already require pictures or images on cigarette packs. The warning [...]

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 [...]