Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

ADHS Publishes 2019 Arizona State Health Assessment

Today, we are very excited to announce that we have published the 2019 Arizona State Health Assessment! The Assessment highlights both successes and challenges in our state with the intent of driving data for action. The Assessment also identifies key social, economic, and environmental factors contributing […]

By | April 30th, 2019|General|0 Comments

Arizona State Lab has Vital Role in Protecting Public Health

At the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), we have about 100 public health laboratory staff who work hard every day to detect critical infectious diseases, test suspicious substances, screen drinking water for contaminants, conduct early identification of genetic and metabolic disorders in newborns, inspect and license clinical and environmental labs across […]

By | April 25th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Increased Use of Immunization Exemptions Put Arizona At-Risk for an Outbreak in 2019

In the midst of nationwide outbreaks of measles, and increases in Arizona cases of vaccine-preventable diseases, Arizona’s vaccine coverage rates continue to decrease. This places more Arizona children, families, and communities at risk for vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. For the third year in a row, […]

By | April 12th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Several ADHS Programs Focus on Early Childhood Development

Today we know more than ever about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. According to Harvard’s “Center on the Developing Child,” there are three basic foundations […]

By | April 10th, 2019|General|0 Comments

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