Prevention

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Topics here will include issues that fall into the Prevention Division of the agency, which include – as the name implies – programs that help prevent disease in our state. You will find information about chronic diseases (cancer, heart health, breathing disorders) as well as tobacco use prevention. This area also includes education about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Women, Infant and Children programs; both USDA programs that help provide nutrition to lower income residents.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

By | August 6th, 2018|Prevention|

Going to a farmers market with your family can be great fun! Join with me in celebrating National Farmers Market Week. Worried about the heat? Some markets have moved indoors for the summer and others have early hours. Use AZ Health Zone's fantastic map to find a market near your home. You can narrow your [...]

New 2017 Arizona Opioid Emergency Response Report Highlights Progress but Shows Need for Continued Focus

By | August 3rd, 2018|Prevention|

The 2017 Arizona Opioid Emergency Response Report is out today, and while significant progress has been made, there is still work to do towards reducing opioid deaths in Arizona. This report highlights the emergency response actions taken over the past year since Governor Ducey issued his public health emergency declaration in response to the data [...]

Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life

By | August 1st, 2018|Prevention|

Breastfeeding is a foundation of a healthy life. For the past 27 years, the first week of August has been declared World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding helps to prevent malnutrition, ensures food security for infants and young children, and helps to bring people out of the hunger and poverty cycle. Breastfeeding is one of the most [...]

New Tool to Help Communities Develop Strategies to Prevent and Control Diabetes

By | June 5th, 2018|Prevention|

Diabetes is a serious health condition attributing to nearly 14,000 Arizona emergency department visits and 11,000 local hospital admissions in 2016. Diabetes, the sixth leading disease-related cause of death in Arizona, is also a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to significant disability including blindness, kidney failure and amputation. In [...]

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 [...]

Several Components of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act Go into Effect

By | April 26th, 2018|Prevention|

Many of the provisions of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, or Senate Bill 1001, go into effect on April 26. Governor Ducey signed the law on January 26, just four days after a special session was held with unanimous support for passage of the landmark legislation to reduce overdoses and improve patient safety. Some of the [...]

National Public Health Week Kicks Off Today

By | April 2nd, 2018|Behavioral Health, Preparedness, Prevention|

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health. This is a great week to showcase [...]

Regular Screening Can Help Prevent Cancer

By | February 21st, 2018|Prevention|

National Cancer Prevention Month is highlighted during the month of February, but preventing cancer is something that should become a part of daily lives because there are many effective prevention methods related to certain cancers. Cervical cancer was once a leading cause of cancer related deaths for women in the United States, but due to [...]

Taking Care of your Heart Should be a Year-Round Activity

By | February 14th, 2018|Prevention|

Our Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, in the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, encourages everyone to make every month heart month. During one of the most visible months we wanted to focus on a not-so-visible threat, hypertension. Also known as high blood pressure, this is a major risk factor for heart disease; the [...]

State Loan Repayment Program Launching Electronic Application System

By | February 12th, 2018|Prevention|

The State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is launching its electronic application system that will improve efficiency in the program. Through the program’s continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts, we recognized that the SLRP paper application is unclear, outdated, and inefficient. For instance, the paper application often results to an incomplete or deficient application and increased phone calls to [...]