Sheila Sjolander

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About Sheila Sjolander

Sheila Sjolander is the Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, leading the Division of Public Health Prevention Services for the past ten years. She oversees more than 60 public health programs, including injury prevention, maternal and child health, nutrition and physical activity, and chronic disease programs. In her 20 years at ADHS, Sheila has been a leader in integration of prevention programs, strategic planning, and the state’s work to reduce opioid overdoses. Sheila received her Master of Social Work degree from Temple University, and previously held strategic planning positions in Oregon and Wisconsin. Sheila received the Outstanding Achievement in Rural Women’s Health from the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Association in 2016, and the CHW Champion Award from the Arizona Community Health Worker Association in 2017.

Loan repayment program open to those working in underserved areas

By | May 16th, 2022|Prevention|

Are you a primary care health professional serving in an underserved Arizona community? If so, you may be eligible for the Arizona State Loan Repayment Program.  To promote the availability of health care in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas of Arizona, this program provides loan repayment assistance to professionals who provide outpatient primary care services [...]

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Celebrating National Women’s Health Week: Prioritizing your health

By | May 11th, 2022|Prevention|

This week we celebrate National Women's Health Week. This annual celebration begins on Mother’s Day every year to encourage women to make their health a priority. Women are so often in the role of caring for others; it’s critical for us to focus on our own health, and National Women's Health Week nudges us to [...]

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New campaigns and ASHLine.org update focus on positives of ending tobacco use

By | May 3rd, 2022|Prevention|

A recent ADHS news release featured our joint effort to reduce tobacco use among members of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) through ASHLine.org, the Arizona Smokers’ HelpLine.  It features three campaigns stemming from focus group research with AHCCCS members. Their message was clear: Positive, supportive messages are the most effective way to [...]

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Get to know the Unvape Generation

By | April 19th, 2022|Prevention|

ADHS invites you to meet Xander, Mia, and other young people unafraid of a future without nicotine. They are members of the Unvape Generation.  Built around videos featured on the ADHS YouTube channel and in social media posts, this new campaign encourages young people to share their healthy hobbies and why these don’t mix with [...]

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Improving health outcomes for Black mothers in Arizona

By | April 15th, 2022|Prevention|

For Black women, the risk of morbidity and death during pregnancy, delivery, or postpartum is up to three times greater than for white women. That’s why the ADHS is working to educate health care providers and family members during National Black Maternal Health Week, from April 11-17. The health issues for Black women during and [...]

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Start small, live big: Make heart health a priority

By | February 14th, 2022|Prevention|

Understandably, as most people made a concerted effort to stay safe from COVID-19, some other important health concerns may have received less attention during the past two years. As we mark American Heart Month, now is the perfect time to increase your focus on cardiovascular health.  The Start Small, Live Big campaign from the Alliance [...]

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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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Being physically active is a path to better health

By | January 24th, 2022|Prevention|

There are many reasons to be active, such as better sleep, lower blood pressure, improved blood sugar levels, prevention of chronic disease, lower risk of depression and anxiety, time for self-care, and increased energy.  According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three-quarters of Arizona adults participated in physical [...]

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ADHS launches ‘Count the Kicks’ to improve birth outcomes

By | January 6th, 2022|Prevention|

How excited did you feel the first time you felt your baby move? What begins like a small flutter in the early stages of pregnancy often progresses to full blown kicks (and punches!) by the third trimester. While it can be great fun for parents to feel or see their baby moving around, paying close [...]

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