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City Planning & Population Health

By | April 22nd, 2013|General, Prevention|

Last week I wrote about how improving the health of Arizonans is critical to improving the quality of life and reducing health care costs…  and that effective strategies are ones that incorporate the principles of population health.   A city’s General Plan can be a large public health lever to improve outcomes because it’s the long-range planning [...]

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What’s Population Health?

By | April 9th, 2013|General|

No doubt you’ve heard the term “population health” bandied about these days…  especially as the nation wrestles with finding ways to keep people healthier while decreasing health care costs.  But what exactly is population health?  At its core, population health examines groups of people, their health outcomes, and the elements that influence those outcomes.  Examples of things that influence health [...]

Official population estimates help inform public health actions

By | July 26th, 2022|General|

From a public health perspective, it matters that 9,562 people live in Greenlee County, and that 1 in every 5 Arizonans lives in an unincorporated area. It’s important that health leaders know how many people in Yavapai County are 50 or older, and what the ethnic makeup is for Gila County. That’s why it’s so [...]

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“Health Windows” Provide Important Health Information to Hard-to-Reach Populations

By | April 28th, 2014|Prevention|

Ventanilla de Salud (Health Windows) is a program that improves access to preventive health care, health education, and public health screening at Mexican consular offices throughout the US. There are 5 Ventanillas in AZ (Douglas, Nogales, Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma).  The Ventanillas are operated jointly by the Department of Health of Mexico (Secretaria de Salud [...]

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Collaborating to improve public health for everyone statewide

By | December 20th, 2022|General|

If you browse this website, one of the things you're certain to see is data. Lots of data. You'll not only see how many cases of influenza have been reported, but how many in each county. We even have the number of babies born each year (about 80,000). Like everything else we do at ADHS, [...]

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Biomedical Research Centre at ADHS supports health research statewide

By | July 25th, 2022|Preparedness|

The Arizona Biomedical Research Centre (ABRC) within ADHS was created to use tobacco taxes and Arizona State Lottery proceeds to identify and support innovative biomedical research that improves the health of all Arizonans. Its outreach includes workshops and other educational activities across Arizona. For the seventh year, ARBC this summer supported an educational series to [...]

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National Tracking Awareness Week: Helping inform critical public health decisions

By | July 15th, 2022|General, Preparedness|

This is National Tracking Awareness Week, which highlights the work of environmental public health tracking programs in Arizona and elsewhere.  Tracking efforts include monitoring community health, identifying communities at risk, supporting epidemiological studies, educating the community, informing local planners, and providing input to health policy decisions. That’s no small task, and it’s a big part [...]

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COVID-19 shots continue long tradition of vaccines protecting public health

By | March 28th, 2022|Preparedness|

You want to feel safe. You want your family to be safe. Are vaccines safe? The simple and important answer is: Oh my yes! What you want to know too is if vaccines actually work, right? The World Health Organization has an answer: “With the exception of clean, safe drinking water, no human endeavor rivals [...]

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ADHS program helps mothers, babies get off to a healthier start, comprehensive study finds

By | February 10th, 2022|Prevention|

An ADHS program to educate pregnant and postpartum women about the benefits of prenatal care and childhood immunizations is resulting in healthier babies across Arizona.  A comprehensive evaluation covering 2006-2016 found that participation in Arizona’s Health Start Program improved low birthweight and preterm birth outcomes, prenatal care attendance, and on-time child immunizations. The report, which [...]

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Raising awareness about maternal health

By | January 28th, 2022|Prevention|

Every year in Arizona, about 70 women die within a year of a pregnancy, and another 900 women experience unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to their health. More than 80% of those complications are considered preventable with proper care, according to the Arizona Maternal Mortality Review [...]

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