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100 Years of AZ Public Health Lab Science

By | January 27th, 2012|General|

I thought it would be fun to give some perspective on public health and the Department’s activities 100 years ago as we approach our Centennial in a few weeks.   Our AZ Public Health Laboratory is celebrating its 100th birthday shortly- just like the State.  Our Lab was one of the first parts of state government- it created by the [...]

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Public Health Scholarship Opportunity

By | January 27th, 2012|General|

The U of A's College of Public Health has a new (HRSA) grant that's offering up to 10 scholarships to enroll in their Graduate Certificate program in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. In addition to getting the certificate- the credits are transferable to graduate programs in public health. The deadline for 2012 intake is March 1.  Details and the application are located at

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Build Your Inventory of Emergency Response Skills

By | January 26th, 2012|General, Preparedness|

Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s Office of Preparedness and Response is conducting a full-scale emergency preparedness exercise that will test the strength and completeness of County and City plans during a simulated Anthrax attack.   Pre-registered volunteers will drive their cars through the site as simulated medications are dispensed. We anticipate each driver will make several [...]

Dispensaries in AZ this Summer?

By | January 25th, 2012|General|

Right now, it looks like a qualified “yes”.  As you know from earlier blog posts a the judge has ruled in a state case that had challenged our dispensary applicant selection criteria.  We’ve been reviewing our options- and decided yesterday not to appeal  the case- which puts us back on track to licensing dispensaries under [...]

Inside the Governor’s Budget

By | January 25th, 2012|Behavioral Health, Newborn Screening|

Dr. Nelson wrote a great blog this week that discusses the behavioral health aspects of the Governor’s 2012 State of the State Address which was followed by the release of her policy agenda called The Four Cornerstones of Reform: Centennial Edition.  Please visit Dr. Nelson’s blog for the details of the Governor’s remarks about behavioral [...]

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Reports, Reports, Reports

By | January 24th, 2012|General|

Various state laws direct our agency to put together a series of reports every year.  Some of the reports are annual, some every 2 years, and some don’t exactly say how often we’re supposed to publish.  We list each of the reports on our Agency Reports web page.  Curious about what some of them are?  [...]

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Dispatching Saves Lives

By | January 23rd, 2012|General|

The American Heart Association published a scientific advisory statement this week which underscores the crucial importance 9-1-1 dispatchers can play in the “Chain of Survival” for cardiac arrest.  As is often the case- we were ahead of the curve.  Long before this new policy statement came out, we began implementing a bold, statewide program aimed [...]

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Building the AZ Health Care Workforce: The National Health Service Corps

By | January 20th, 2012|General|

Our Health Systems Development shop just got a new workforce recruitment and retention grant from the National Health Service Corps to improve the number of healthcare providers that practice where we have shortages (technically called underserved areas).  The Corps offers medical, dental, and behavioral health providers the opportunity to repay their student loan debts in [...]

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Update

By | January 19th, 2012|Licensing, Preparedness|

  With the recent ruling in Maricopa Superior Court, ADHS is analyzing the best way to responsibly begin accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensaries. Last week, the Governor instructed ADHS to proceed with the dispensary portion of the AMMA. One of the stumbling blocks was the pending Compassion First vs. Arizona case, which challenged some [...]

Improving Opportunities for Folks with Developmental Disabilities

By | January 19th, 2012|General|

Accessibility, advocacy and jobs are the focus of the grants given by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council this year.  The DDPC found 8 projects that will help the community with creating an accessible transportation system, educate folks about the Legal Options Manual and how to use it, work to train people as Partners in [...]

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