First Lady Recognizes Empower

By | May 23rd, 2012|Prevention|

The First Lady’s Let’s Move! Child Care initiative recognized our Empower program for exceptional work to promote young children’s health and prevent childhood obesity in the early care and education setting last week.  We were selected for recognition for carrying out exceptional work to promote and implement the goals of Let’s Move! Child Care, including using [...]

Improving Outcomes for Pediatric Brain Injury

By | May 16th, 2012|General|

A quick and effective response is critical when you have a brain injury.  That’s why our Excellence in Pre-hospital Injury Care Project is so critical.  It’s a unique NIH funded collaboration between the ADHS and the U of A College of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Research Center.  More than 150 EMS agencies in AZ are now participating- which aims [...]

ADHS Annual Report

By | May 3rd, 2012|General|

We published our 2011 ADHS Annual Report this week. Rather than reproduce all of our activities in narrative form- we used a summary approach this year that incorporates a lot of “hot links” to more information about our achievements.

Behavioral Health Licensing Regulatory Reform

By | March 30th, 2012|Behavioral Health, Licensing|

The behavioral health system transformation that we’re working on as part of the Maricopa County behavioral health services contract will go a long way toward better integrating primary and acute care and behavioral healthcare for folks with a serious mental illness.  But…  our success is also dependent on our regulatory reform within our Licensing shop.  In fact, [...]

Personnel Reform

By | March 29th, 2012|General|

The Personnel Reform bill made some headway this week in the State Legislature.  It’s a complicated bill and hasn't been through the full process yet- but I know there’s a lot of interest in it around these parts- so I’ll try to distill the current version down a little bit for our agency. Basically, if [...]

ADHS Receives Award to Participate in National Quality Improvement Demonstration Initiative

By | March 15th, 2012|General|

We just received a new grant award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Quality Improvement Demonstration Initiative!  Arizona was only one of only 5 states with a successful application.  This is great for Arizona for a number of reasons.   First, it’ll help prepare [...]

Public Health Professional Development Opportunity

By | March 14th, 2012|General|

The U of A has developed an Arizona Public Health Training Center whose mission is to assess, develop, and deliver training to current and future public health professionals and other community leaders... building and strengthening our public health infrastructure.  One of their strategies is to develop what they call "academic health departments".   They've asked us to partner with them and become an academic health department, which [...]

Dr. Jack

By | March 5th, 2012|General, Prevention|

I had the delightful experience of meeting with our former Director, Jack Dillenberg, at our AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council meeting last month.  Our Council meeting was out at AT Still University’s AZ School of Dentistry & Oral Health.  It was great seeing Jack again- he hasn't changed a bit- he's just as enthusiastic and animated as ever. Most of [...]