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

Vaccine Prioritization in Arizona

By | December 18th, 2020|General|

On Friday, December 11, the FDA announced its approval of an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on Saturday, December 12, and recommended the vaccine for people age 16 and older. This week, the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Arizona. The first vaccine clinics [...]

Adult Protective Services Plan Released to the Public

By | March 5th, 2020|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Department of Economic Security (DES) are pleased to announce the release of the Adult Protective Services (APS) Action Plan. APS is a DES program that has the authority to receive and assess reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. On January 23, DES and [...]

We’re Celebrating International Infection Prevention Week

By | October 16th, 2019|General|

International Infection Prevention Week occurs globally from October 13 - 19 to raise awareness of healthcare-associated infections. Healthcare-associated infections are infections people can get while receiving health care for another condition. This year’s theme is “Vaccines are Everybody’s Business” and highlights the important role that vaccines play in preventing infections from spreading and protecting public health. [...]

Update to Arizona Health Improvement Plan Published

By | August 23rd, 2019|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is excited to announce we have published the 2019 Update to the Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP). The purpose of the AzHIP is to describe how ADHS and our community partners are working together to improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans. Receiving annual updates, the AzHIP [...]

ADHS Publishes 2019 Arizona State Health Assessment

By | April 30th, 2019|General|

Today, we are very excited to announce that we have published the 2019 Arizona State Health Assessment! The Assessment highlights both successes and challenges in our state with the intent of driving data for action. The Assessment also identifies key social, economic, and environmental factors contributing to the health of Arizonans. Arizona Department of Health [...]

Several ADHS Programs Focus on Early Childhood Development

By | April 10th, 2019|General|

Today we know more than ever about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. According to Harvard’s “Center on the Developing Child,” there are three basic foundations of lifelong health that are fundamental to early [...]

Public Health Week Wraps Up with Launch of ADHS Annual Report

By | April 4th, 2019|General|

As we wrap up Arizona Public Health Week and National Public Health Week, today we published our Annual Report, which highlights many of the great accomplishments of our agency from the last fiscal year: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. As you will read in the Annual Report, we made great strides in continuing [...]

ADHS Seeks Input in the Next State Health Assessment

By | April 1st, 2019|General|

Today marks the start of Arizona Public Health Week and National Public Health Week, a recognition of the work public health does behind the scenes to improve the overall health of our communities. Aligned with National Public Health Week's 2019 focus on Creating the Healthiest Nation, the State Health Assessment (SHA) examines the health of [...]

Public Health Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Improve Overall Health of Arizona

By | February 21st, 2019|General|

Every day, public health works to keep Arizonans healthy and well by promoting good choices like healthy eating, regular physical activity, smoking cessation, vaccinations, and injury prevention through seatbelt and helmet use. We know that these choices lead to good health, but we also know that it's not always easy—or even possible—to make these choices. Many factors, including something known as [...]

ADHS conducts drinking water screening in child care facilities across the state

By | February 19th, 2019|General, Preparedness|

Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children. Lead poisoning can negatively affect children’s intelligence, behavior, hearing, and development. The most common sources of elevated blood lead levels in Arizona are lead-based paint found in homes built before 1978, imported goods such as spices, makeups, and ceramic pottery, lead in [...]