Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Annual Student SunWise Poster Content Winners Showcase Sun Safety Prevention Tips

The SunWise Program held its annual presentation of the “Be SunWise & Play Sun Smart Skin Cancer Prevention Poster Contest” on Saturday, May 5 at the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. the Houston Astros baseball game. This year marked the 15th year of the annual poster contest, which invites students from all over the state of […]

By | May 25th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Controlling Unusual Resistance Germs

CDC’s Vital signs publication recently highlighted unusual antibiotic resistance germs, which are resistant to all or most antibiotics tested and are uncommon or carry special resistance genes. Antibiotic-resistant germs can spread very easily. Germs constantly develop resistance against new and older antibiotics. Examples of unusual resistance include: Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA), Candida auris and certain […]

By | May 14th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Public Health Advancements 100 Years After the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

The 1918 influenza pandemic was a devastating global event responsible for up to 100 million deaths. While it is widely known as the “Spanish Flu”, it likely did not originate there. Although most people first learned of the pandemic from Spanish news, some of the earliest documented cases were in the […]

By | May 11th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona Celebrates the 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion

The Arizona Department of Health Services and The Arizona Partnership for Immunization are proud to announce that Lieutenant Commander Greg Sarchet, from White River Indian Hospital/Indian Health Service/Unites States Public Health Service has been selected as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for Arizona. The annual CDC Childhood […]

By | May 8th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona Efforts to Combat Vector-Borne Diseases

A recent Vital Signs report from the CDC highlights the increasing threat of “vector-borne” diseases—illnesses spread by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Between 2004 and 2016, reported cases of vector-borne diseases tripled, and over half a million people became ill from diseases such as LymeWest NileRocky Mountain spotted fever, and plague. In […]

By | May 1st, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Several Components of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act Go into Effect

Many of the provisions of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, or Senate Bill 1001, go into effect on April 26. Governor Ducey signed the law on January 26, just four days after a special session was held with unanimous support for passage of the landmark legislation to reduce overdoses and improve […]

By | April 26th, 2018|Prevention|0 Comments