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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.

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 [...]

Help Raise Awareness of Fungal Diseases by Joining our Second Annual AZ Valley Fever Poster Contest

By | September 27th, 2019|Preparedness|

Ja'Maryn H., 2018 winner Valley fever is one of the most commonly reported infectious diseases in Arizona, with over 7,000 cases reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) this year. Still, most Arizonans do not know the symptoms of this debilitating and potentially deadly fungal infection, which include cough, fever, and [...]

Tenth Anniversary of Arizona Infectious Disease Training and Exercise

By | August 22nd, 2019|Preparedness|

At the end of June, we hosted our 10th annual Arizona Infectious Disease Training and Exercise (AZID 2019), where about 400 partners from a wide variety of organizations joined together to learn and share about best practices and current infectious disease trends in Arizona and surrounding states. We hosted speakers from local Arizona jurisdictions, other [...]

Record High West Nile Virus Activity in Arizona

By | August 21st, 2019|Preparedness|

Think it’s too hot for mosquitoes? Think again! Arizona is home to several mosquito species, including the Culex species that can carry West Nile virus and Saint Louis Encephalitis virus. West Nile virus causes symptoms in about 20% of infected people, which can range from fever, headaches, and body aches, to more serious things like [...]

Stay Safe in the Summer Heat Safety

By | August 1st, 2019|Preparedness|

Our agency serves a vital role in protecting its residents and visitors against the summer heat. Arizona’s high temperatures increase the risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In 2018, Arizona hospitals had nearly 3,000 emergency department visits for heat-related cases. Additionally, each year we see an average of 108 deaths caused by the heat [...]

Monsoon Safety Page Launched

By | July 30th, 2019|Preparedness|

The Arizona monsoon season is in effect. We can expect strong winds, dust storms, heavy rain, flooding, and other extreme weather hazards to be the norm during this time of year. ADHS recognizes the many health threats that come with the monsoon season. To prepare for these hazards, ADHS brought together health safety tips in [...]

CDC Director Dr. Redfield Visits Arizona

By | July 22nd, 2019|Preparedness|

Last week, Arizona had the honor of hosting Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to discuss his initiative to End the HIV Epidemic. During his time in Arizona, Dr. Redfield was able to learn about the efforts of many innovative organizations in Arizona serving people living with HIV/AIDS [...]

Federal Reauthorization of Key Public Health Preparedness Programs

By | July 12th, 2019|Preparedness|

On June 24, President Trump signed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act into law. This important piece of legislation helps ensure that critical initiatives such as the ADHS Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and the Hospital Preparedness Program will receive funding through 2023. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) [...]