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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

Holiday Challenge: Maintain, Don’t Gain!

By | November 28th, 2018|General|

Did you know many Americans gain between one and five pounds each holiday season? That doesn’t sound like much, but most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. However, you can do something to enjoy holiday festivities without the weight gain. I am inviting you to join the 12th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, [...]

National Adoption Day

By | November 26th, 2018|General, Licensing|

National Adoption Day was Saturday, November 17th, and this year 128 children were adopted in Maricopa County! This annual event is held to raise awareness for the foster-care children nationwide who are waiting to find their forever families. Adoptions for hundreds of children are finalized on this special day. Our Bureau of Vital Records Birth [...]

ADHS Joins Army Job Program

By | November 20th, 2018|Behavioral Health, General|

As of November 20, 2018, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is proud to announce its partnership with the United States Army. The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. PaYS partners guarantee soldiers an interview and possible employment [...]

National Farm to School Month

By | October 12th, 2018|General, Prevention|

October is National Farm to School Month. Schools and early care and education programs throughout Arizona are participating in the 2018 Farm Fresh Challenge sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education. Participating sites are working to serve more products that are Arizona grown and raised. School garden celebration and other events are taking place to [...]

AzHIP 2017/2018 Update

By | August 30th, 2018|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) launched the first Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP) in March 2016. The purpose of the AzHIP is to describe how ADHS and community partners work together to improve the health and wellness of Arizonans. The AzHIP highlights 17 comprehensive health issues that the state hopes to improve by the Plan’s [...]

Work Continues to Reduce Opioid Deaths as Emergency Declaration Comes to an End

By | June 1st, 2018|General, Prevention|

Governor Doug Ducey has officially ended the formal emergency public health declaration he issued last year that directed our department to lead a statewide response to the opioid epidemic. We have made tremendous strides, but the work we started last June is far from complete. The list of accomplishments over this last year is long [...]

Annual Report Highlights Advances in Making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation

By | April 6th, 2018|General|

This week we celebrated National Public Health Week, highlighting the great work and accomplishments of the Arizona Department of Health Services and our public health and healthcare partners from across the state. We are concluding this week with the release of our Annual Report to highlight many of the great projects and programs our teams accomplished over the last fiscal year, [...]

The Importance of Communicable Disease Reporting

By | December 29th, 2017|General|

Infectious agents are all around us. They can be found in the food we eat, in the water we drink, in the air we breathe, and on what we touch. Modern times have brought us solutions, such as vaccines and treatments, but also problems, like air travel and globalized food distribution, which can help spread [...]