Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

ADHS Announces New “Must Stop Bullying” Comic Contest for Arizona Youth

Bullying has emerged as an important public health issue prompting the need for effective prevention measures and interventions in schools and community settings. Significant long-term implications for victims of bullying include mental trauma, decreased school performance, and in extreme cases, suicidal ideation. Children with special health care needs may be at […]

By | April 2nd, 2019|Prevention|0 Comments

New Data Dashboard Helps to Identify Opioid Trends in Arizona

We recently launched an interactive dashboard that is providing timely data about the opioid epidemic in Arizona. The dashboard is a tool that ADHS and our partners are using to develop interventions that will keep our communities safe.

The data is a valuable resource to help identify trends. For example, […]

By | March 22nd, 2019|Prevention|0 Comments

Public Health Agencies Working to Prevent the Spread of Measles

Late on Friday, working with Pima County Health Department, our Arizona State Public Health Laboratory confirmed Arizona’s first case of measles of 2019. A family and their young child traveled  internationally to an area with active measles cases and the child became sick with measles. […]

By | March 11th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona’s Treat and Refer Recognition Program Makes Strides to Improve EMS Services

The Rio Rico Medical and Fire District recently became Arizona’s sixth emergency medical services (EMS) agency to be recognized as a Treat and Refer EMS agency by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). The Treat and Refer Recognition Program increases patient access to primary and preventive care. […]

By | March 8th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

ADHS Provides Education to Arizona Youth About the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

While we’ve made significant strides in reducing cigarette smoking among youth in Arizona, the use of electronic nicotine products, also called e-cigarettes or vape, are on the rise. According to a recent Vital Signs published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one […]

By | March 6th, 2019|Prevention|0 Comments