Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Intervention Snapshot: SBIRT

SONY DSCThrough our Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant, folks are given a brief assessment which inquires as to individual’s substance use in primary care and emergency room settings.  People who screen positive (or who are self-referred) are able to access an array of treatment services.  In […]

By | January 20th, 2015|Behavioral Health|0 Comments

Ebola Epidemic Index Case Identified?

ebolaA 2 year-old boy from Guinea appears to be what we call in our business the “Index Case” for the West African Ebola epidemic.  In epidemiology, an Index Case is the first documented case of an illness that spreads to others.  The 2 year-old appears to have been infected by playing […]

By | January 15th, 2015|General|0 Comments

Arizona’s Paramedic Training: Excellent Results

PArizona’s Paramedic training programs are taught by a combination of colleges, private training centers, and fire departments.  A typical Paramedic course is over 1,000 hours of class room, hospital and ambulance time covering anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, terminology, and hours and hours of assessment and proficiency tests on a multitude […]

By | January 14th, 2015|General|0 Comments