Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Suicide Rates Increasing in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services just released a report on suicides and self-inflicted injuries in Arizona over the last decade, based on information in death certificate and hospital discharge databases. Understanding suicide rates over time gives our communities and partners information about populations to target for intervention. Reducing suicide is one […]

By | December 31st, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona’s Top Baby Names of 2018

Here it is, Arizona’s top baby names for 2018!  For a third year in a row, Emma tops the list for most popular baby girl name and Liam takes the number one spot for boys.  The top five girl names in 2018 are Emma, Olivia, Mia, Isabella and Sophia.  The top five boy names are Liam, Noah, Sebastian, Oliver and Benjamin.

By | December 27th, 2018|Licensing|0 Comments

The Arizona WIC Program is Open

The Arizona WIC program provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and connections to community services for income-eligible women who are pregnant and postpartum, infants, and children up to five years old.

Arizona WIC is a federally- funded supplemental nutrition and education program that serves almost 135,000 women, infants, and children each month […]

By | December 26th, 2018|General, Prevention|0 Comments

Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

For the first time in 10 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated national physical activity guidelines with evidence-based recommendations for everyone ages three and up to get the physical activity they need to stay healthy. I am excited about these updated guidelines as they support […]

By | December 11th, 2018|Prevention|0 Comments