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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.

State Loan Repayment Program for Primary Care Providers Serving in Underserved Communities

By | August 31st, 2017|Prevention|

The Arizona State Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment incentives to eligible health care providers who commit to serve in Arizona’s medically underserved communities. Up to $65,000 of loan repayment assistance is available for physicians and dentists in exchange for an initial two-year commitment to serve in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas in Arizona.  [...]

Statewide Tobacco Inspections Continue to Improve

By | August 30th, 2017|Prevention|

Since 2002, ADHS has contracted with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to conduct routine inspections of tobacco retailers to ensure that retailers are complying with the state prohibition on selling tobacco products to minors.  Studies have shown that effective youth tobacco enforcement programs reduce the prevalence of youth smoking.  Arizona has a dedicated team of [...]

Opioid Update: Closing in on Recommendations

By | August 29th, 2017|Prevention|

Governor Ducey’s executive order declaring a public health emergency includes a requirement for the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to provide a report on findings and recommendations to the Governor by September 5, 2017.  The emergency declaration will officially come to an end when the Governor accepts the report. In order to develop the [...]

Advancing Team-Based Care through the Use of Collaborative Practice Agreements with Pharmacists to Manage High Blood Pressure

By | August 24th, 2017|Prevention|

Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.  In Arizona, heart disease is the leading cause of death. While we applaud the work of the many health care professionals who play a critical role in reducing heart disease and preventing stroke in the United States and [...]

New Report on States’ Opioid Related Policies

By | August 22nd, 2017|Prevention|

When Governor Doug Ducey declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the Arizona Department of Health Services quickly activated a team of folks from throughout our Department to help staff the response.  One of the tasks I gave the team was to research what other states are doing to reduce opioid deaths.  Our team looked at [...]

ADHS Seek Members for State Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team

By | August 18th, 2017|Prevention|

This last session, the Legislature passed HB 2493, which establishes a new drug overdose mortality review process within the Arizona Department of Health Services. The new program will result in much more robust information on the circumstances surrounding all drug overdose deaths, identify preventable factors, and inform actions and policies to reduce future overdose deaths. [...]

Yavapai County WIC Program Receives USDA Loving Support Gold Premier Award

By | August 17th, 2017|Prevention|

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that the Yavapai County WIC Program was one of just six WIC Local Agencies throughout the United States to receive the Loving Support Gold Premier Award for providing exemplary breastfeeding services. The USDA Loving Support Award recognizes WIC Local Agencies operating a peer counseling program which [...]

Opioid Update: Governor Ducey Extends Executive Order for Increased Reporting

By | August 15th, 2017|Prevention|

Last week Governor Doug Ducey extended the executive order for increased reporting of opioid-related data by renewing his recent. The order, originally issued on June 13, allows state health officials to obtain critical information within 24-hours of an opioid-related overdose or the identification of a baby with drug withdrawal symptoms. This data is a vital [...]

Arizona Cancer Programs Secure Increased Funding for the State

By | August 10th, 2017|Preparedness, Prevention|

The Arizona Cancer Registry and Office of Cancer Prevention and Control received good news last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – their grant application was approved for a total of $3,930,027 per year for the next five years.  This represents a 13.5% increase in funds of $466,909 per year.  The [...]

Opioid Update: Blood Screening, Grant Funding and Emergency Rule for Licensed Facilities

By | August 7th, 2017|Prevention|

We continue to make steady progress in addressing the statewide opioid epidemic. Last week we expanded blood screening at the State Public Health Lab, announced a $505,104 grant award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and issued emergency rules for licensed healthcare facilities. The State Public Health Lab is now screening blood samples [...]