Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

AZ Poster Contest to Raise Awareness about Valley Fever

Although many types of fungal disease occur in our country, there is one that poses the greatest risk to our health in the desert southwest.  In Arizona, valley fever has a large impact with over 5,000 reported cases, 700 hospitalizations, and 50 deaths each year.

To raise awareness about […]

By | October 5th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Follow the ABCs of Safe Sleep to Keep your Newborn Safe

Did you know that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, or playpen, in the same room as a parent or caregiver? Watch our video on the ABC’s of Safe Sleep: Alone on my Back in a Crib.

According to the Child Fatality Review Program, 41 Arizona babies died in […]

By | October 4th, 2018|Prevention|0 Comments

National Preparedness Month: What would you do if…?

As National Preparedness Month comes to an end, remember that preparing for emergencies and disasters is a year-round effort. Arizona may not be vulnerable to destructive hurricanes like Florence, but we are at risk of flooding, wildfires, power outages, severe weather, and other unforeseen hazards. One question to ask yourself, your […]

By | September 28th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Syphilis outbreak impacts the health of women and babies

Arizona is facing an outbreak of syphilis, with the biggest increase of cases in women and newborns. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has been working with partners on strategies to increase early detection and treatment, especially for pregnant women, to reduce the potentially devastating health effects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the 2017 STD Surveillance […]

By | September 25th, 2018|Preparedness|0 Comments

Arizona’s State of Obesity 2018

When it comes to the battle of the obesity epidemic, Arizona is doing better than many states, but obesity rates here and across the country are still alarmingly high.  New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 29.5% of Arizona adults are obese, ranking our state 30th in the nation. […]

By | September 21st, 2018|Prevention|0 Comments