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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

World Rabies Day: One Health, Zero Deaths

By | September 28th, 2022|General|

Would you know what to do if you become one of the approximately 30 people in Arizona exposed to rabies each year?  Sept. 28 is World Rabies Day, and ADHS joins partners around the globe working to raise awareness about prevention and the impact of rabies. The theme from the Centers for Disease Control and [...]

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Psychology director came to Arizona State Hospital for experience and stayed

By | August 22nd, 2022|General|

Dr. Kimi Cohen came to the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) in the mid-1990s to make sure her doctoral education in clinical psychology was well-rounded. After training in a community mental health center, an outpatient therapy clinic, and a family therapy clinic, she wanted to experience work in a psychiatric hospital. Twenty-six years later, she not [...]

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Bureau of Vital Records technology benefits Arizonans and our COVID-19 response

By | August 16th, 2022|General|

While public health is in the business of helping people live healthier lives, ADHS also provides a critical service to families by processing and issuing death certificates.  It’s a mission our Bureau of Vital Records takes very seriously and does very well. We know a death certificate is essential for closing out the affairs of [...]

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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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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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State Hospital caring for patients, training next generation of caregivers

By | July 7th, 2022|Behavioral Health, General|

The Arizona State Hospital (ASH) provides “the highest and most restrictive” level of long-term psychiatric care in the state to Arizonans with mental illnesses who are under court order for treatment. Our staff provide high-quality inpatient psychiatric care, using a multi-disciplinary team approach, and are committed to treating patients with dignity and respect. The team [...]

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Engaged team drives our commitment to helping Arizonans live healthier lives

By | June 21st, 2022|General|

I am tremendously grateful to work alongside so many people dedicated to helping Arizonans live healthier lives. To see ADHS team members do this day in and day out amid a global pandemic has been truly extraordinary.   Make no mistake: This has been a challenging two-plus years as ADHS team members have met the challenge [...]

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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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