Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Vaccinating People Most at Risk Can Help Curb National Hepatitis A Outbreak

Arizona, along with 18 other states, is currently experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A. There have been more than 245 cases, mostly among individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or use drugs. Currently over two-thirds of the cases are in Pima County. The disease has also spread to five other counties. More than 80 […]

By | May 9th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

ADHS Publishes 2019 Arizona State Health Assessment

Today, we are very excited to announce that we have published the 2019 Arizona State Health Assessment! The Assessment highlights both successes and challenges in our state with the intent of driving data for action. The Assessment also identifies key social, economic, and environmental factors contributing […]

By | April 30th, 2019|General|0 Comments

Arizona State Lab has Vital Role in Protecting Public Health

At the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), we have about 100 public health laboratory staff who work hard every day to detect critical infectious diseases, test suspicious substances, screen drinking water for contaminants, conduct early identification of genetic and metabolic disorders in newborns, inspect and license clinical and environmental labs across […]

By | April 25th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Increased Use of Immunization Exemptions Put Arizona At-Risk for an Outbreak in 2019

In the midst of nationwide outbreaks of measles, and increases in Arizona cases of vaccine-preventable diseases, Arizona’s vaccine coverage rates continue to decrease. This places more Arizona children, families, and communities at risk for vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. For the third year in a row, […]

By | April 12th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Several ADHS Programs Focus on Early Childhood Development

Today we know more than ever about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. According to Harvard’s “Center on the Developing Child,” there are three basic foundations […]

By | April 10th, 2019|General|0 Comments