Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Follow a COVID-19 action plan if you have a weakened immune system

Have a COVID-19 action plan if you have a weakened immune systemIf you have a moderately or severely weakened immune system, it’s more important than ever to have a COVID-19 action plan.

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that the therapeutic agent  […]

By | February 1st, 2023|Preparedness|Comments Off on Follow a COVID-19 action plan if you have a weakened immune system

Diabetes action plan focuses on prevention, care, and social determinants of health

2023 Diabetes Action PlanDiabetes is a relentless disease that affects many families in Arizona and across the United States. A new report from ADHS explains just how much diabetes impacts our state’s health care system and communities, and recommends ways to improve the health of […]

By | January 30th, 2023|Prevention|Comments Off on Diabetes action plan focuses on prevention, care, and social determinants of health

Before and during pregnancy, take steps to reduce the risk of birth defects

Across America, one baby in every 33 is born with a birth defect. In Arizona, that translates to about 2,400 children each year born with any of a number of diagnoses, including Down syndrome, heart defects, cleft lip and cleft palate, and spina bifida.

Many causes of birth […]

By | January 26th, 2023|General, Prevention|Comments Off on Before and during pregnancy, take steps to reduce the risk of birth defects

Supporting the physical and mental health of new and expectant mothers

Focus on Maternal HealthMaternal health is a key priority at ADHS. During the week when we mark Maternal Health Awareness Day, I’m highlighting two recent initiatives aimed at improving the health of pregnant women, postpartum women, and newborns.

One is a

By | January 25th, 2023|Prevention|Comments Off on Supporting the physical and mental health of new and expectant mothers

Taking the family to play in the snow? These tips will make sledding safer

Safe SleddingAn abundance of snow no doubt has many Arizonans planning trips to the high country. If your family fun will include sledding, please take along some advice to play safely. 

The Arizona State Trauma Registry maintained by ADHS Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System

By | January 20th, 2023|Preparedness|Comments Off on Taking the family to play in the snow? These tips will make sledding safer

COVID-19 Boosters for Seniors: A new resource for those at greater risk of severe illness

Boosters for SeniorsIt’s important for everyone to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccination. But all evidence points to an even greater need for older Arizonans to get the lifesaving protection offered by the current bivalent booster, which targets Omicron. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, highly effective, widely available, and […]

By | January 19th, 2023|Preparedness|Comments Off on COVID-19 Boosters for Seniors: A new resource for those at greater risk of severe illness