Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Improving Stroke Care and Positioning Our Efforts to Address Alzheimer’s

telemedicineFor the past several years stroke has been recognized as the fourth leading disease-related cause of death in Arizona, making it eligible for tobacco tax funding under Proposition 303. Our Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease (BTCD) has been dedicating a portion of tobacco tax revenues to fund the development of healthcare […]

By | September 24th, 2015|Prevention|1 Comment

Flu vaccine is here, and it’s better than last year’s

Last flu season was a rough one, mainly because the influenza A (H3) strain in the vaccine did not match the circulating A (H3) strain that was making most people sick. This season, CDC believes the strains in the vaccine will be a good match against the currently circulating strains and provide better […]

By | September 22nd, 2015|General|2 Comments

Monitoring Ends for Travelers from Liberia for Ebola

ebolaThroughout the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, local health departments in Arizona have worked with ADHS, CDC, and other federal partners to monitor travelers returning from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for signs and symptoms of Ebola. Since October 17, local public health in Arizona has monitored more than 200 returning […]

By | September 18th, 2015|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

EMS Resuscitation Training Session a Success

cpr-trainingAs part of our on-going cardiac resuscitation quality improvement program, the Bureau of EMS and Trauma System along with the University of Arizona (UA) has made tremendous strides in saving lives by translating basic science advancements in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) research into action by emergency providers. The discoveries have led to important changes in […]

By | September 17th, 2015|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

Keeping Arizona’s Workforce Healthy

Layout and installation of roof rafters on a new commercial residential construciton project by framing contactorsOccupational injuries and illnesses are significant but preventable public health problems, which can result in both healthcare and economic costs for workers and employers.   We recently conducted an analysis using nationally recognized occupational health indicators in order to […]

By | September 16th, 2015|Preparedness, Prevention|0 Comments