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Items in the Preparedness category will cover everything from Emergency Medical Services to vaccination programs. This division at ADHS tracks contagious disease, coordinates emergency preparedness activity, licenses EMTs and Paramedics, regulates ambulance companies, authorizes special hospital designations like cardiac care center and Level IV trauma center, issues birth and death certificates, and tracks critical health data through various sources including hospital discharge information.

2020 State-by-State Report on Public Health Preparedness

By | February 25th, 2020|Preparedness|

Recent events, such as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), highlight the need for public health preparedness programs at the local, state, and federal levels. A primary role of public health agencies is to help protect the public from such disease outbreaks and disasters. However, it can be difficult to know just how prepared we are [...]

One Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Reported in Arizona; Health Officials Monitoring Outbreak

By | January 27th, 2020|Preparedness|

On Sunday, Jan. 26, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that a Maricopa County resident has been diagnosed with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The confirmed case is in a person who recently returned from travel to Wuhan, China. The case is a member of the Arizona State University community who does not live [...]

Bureau of EMS and Trauma System Launches New Data Dashboard

By | January 10th, 2020|Preparedness|

The ADHS Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System has launched a new public-facing, trauma data dashboard. This tool allows the public to view an interactive report on trauma and injury in Arizona based on information from Arizona’s 47 trauma centers. The Arizona State Trauma Registry collects information about patients who are injured, and [...]

Infectious Disease Outbreak Report Released

By | January 8th, 2020|Preparedness|

Our Office of Infectious Disease Services has released the  2017 and 2018 Infectious Disease Outbreak Report. This comprehensive report uses data collected during investigations of outbreaks reported to and investigated by public health. An outbreak is defined as an increase in cases of disease in time or place that is greater than expected. The public [...]

HIV/AIDS in Arizona Integrated Epidemiologic Profile 2013-2017

By | December 5th, 2019|Preparedness|

Every five years, the HIV Surveillance Program at ADHS produces an integrated epidemiologic profile that describes the characteristics of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) in Arizona. The 2013-2017 Integrated Epidemiologic Profile provides a five-year snapshot of the sociodemographic, geographic, and behavioral factors associated with HIV/AIDS, along with health outcomes among PLWH. This report is a [...]

Tips to Keep Your Thanksgiving Meals Safe

By | November 26th, 2019|Preparedness|

The holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family. Inevitably, this will also be a time when you may find yourself surrounded by lots and lots of food. In order to keep you and your loved ones healthy and avoid foodborne illness, let’s start with some basics: Wash your hands. Washing your hands [...]

New Dashboard launched for Valley Fever Awareness

By | November 20th, 2019|Preparedness|

Valley fever is a potentially debilitating and deadly respiratory disease caused by the Coccidioides fungus that affects thousands of Arizonans every year. Valley Fever Awareness Week (Nov. 9–17) was a success with social media messaging, promoting the poster contest, and launching a new data dashboard. Although Valley Fever Awareness Week is over, raising awareness of this [...]

Arizona Makes Progress in Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections

By | November 13th, 2019|Preparedness|

Earlier this month, CDC released the 2018 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report based on National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data. NHSN is the nation’s most widely used HAI surveillance system by facilities, states, regions, quality groups, and national public health agencies including CDC. This annual report provides an update on previous reports, [...]

It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week-Get Your Child Tested

By | October 24th, 2019|Preparedness|

Each year, we join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other partners to promote awareness of lead poisoning. Our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program got a head start on National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by spending a morning at Phoenix [...]

CDC Releases the 2018 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report

By | October 8th, 2019|Preparedness|

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) have surged for a fifth consecutive year, reaching an all-time high nationwide. What is most concerning is the rise in syphilis, which has led to multiple stillbirths and many more babies spending their first 10 days of their life hospitalized for syphilis treatment. Last year, Arizona reported 61 cases of syphilis [...]