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Here you will find topics ranging from current events that affect public health in Arizona to overall information about the Arizona Department of Health Services

During National Nurses Month, we honor the critical role of school nurses

By | May 20th, 2022|General|

National Nurses Month 2022 is a chance to celebrate the care nurses provide in settings that extend far beyond hospitals and doctors’ offices. This year’s theme, “You Make a Difference,” honors these skilled professionals and trusted advocates who ensure individuals, families, and populations receive quality care and services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these too-often unsung [...]

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State employees contribute every day to Arizona’s well-being

By | May 4th, 2022|General|

Today is Arizona State Employee Recognition Day, as proclaimed by Governor Doug Ducey.  The governor’s proclamation notes that state employees contribute significantly to the well-being and quality of life for all Arizonans. It adds that state employees embody the “spirit of service” that helps make Arizona a one-of-a-kind place to live, work, and play.  As [...]

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AZ Hires Vets: ADHS is part of Governor Ducey’s effort to employ more veterans

By | April 11th, 2022|General|

After nearly 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, Teresa Ehnert was looking for a new career that would allow her to use the skills and values she developed in the military. She found it in the Arizona Department of Health Services. “I love working for the state of Arizona because they exemplify things I [...]

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National Public Health Week: Arizona State Hospital provides highest level of behavioral health care

By | April 6th, 2022|General|

For more than two years, Arizonans have associated ADHS most with the state’s COVID-19 response. That makes perfect sense, as the global pandemic has required an all-hands-on-deck approach.  While that commitment is unchanged, we’d like to take time over the coming months, and starting with National Public Health Week, to highlight other things ADHS does [...]

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National Public Health Week: Supporting health equity, well-being in Arizona

By | April 4th, 2022|General|

The past two years have shown us that public health is critical. That’s one reason why we at ADHS are excited to mark National Public Health Week and to have Governor Doug Ducey commemorate this week by proclamation. Public health is more than a single topic; it’s countless issues and practices that help every American [...]

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CDC grant funds preparations for extreme weather-related health impacts

By | March 8th, 2022|General|

Few places are as hot during the long, sizzling summer than the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. That heat has an impact on our health; heat-related issues send nearly 3,000 people to an emergency room each year.  A $2 million federal grant to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Extreme Weather and Public Health Program will [...]

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Important notes on our first weekly COVID-19 Data Dashboard update

By | March 1st, 2022|General, Preparedness|

We look forward to offering our first weekly update tomorrow to the ADHS COVID-19 Data Dashboard.  Here are some important notes on what you’ll see: Summary Page: With our shift to weekly updates, the Summary page will now show the number of new cases, deaths, and vaccine doses from the previous week’s update to the [...]

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COVID-19 dashboard shifting to weekly updates after Saturday’s report

By | February 25th, 2022|General|

As we shared last week, an important change is coming to make our COVID-19 Data Dashboard even more useful. Saturday, Feb. 26, will be our last daily update to the dashboard. Weekly updates will start on Wednesday, March 2.  Updating weekly is consistent with other infectious disease reporting and how public health uses data to [...]

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Now is the time to get vaccinated against influenza

By | December 7th, 2021|General, Preparedness|

A year ago, the precautions so many Arizonans took against COVID-19 - staying indoors, avoiding large groups, and wearing masks - also helped protect against the flu. There were fewer flu cases in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many Arizonans have returned to their pre-pandemic routines, [...]

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Dr. Carmona: A doctor’s advice on COVID-19 vaccination can save your life

By | November 8th, 2021|General, Preparedness|

Nearly all practicing U.S. doctors – better than 19 out of 20 – had been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of mid-June, the American Medical Association reported. That’s hardly surprising since other vaccines have eliminated or all but eliminated diseases such as polio, mumps, and rubella.  There is so much misinformation flying around these days. It’s [...]

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