ACPTC Security Enhancements

By | August 12th, 2010|General|

Last October a person that was awaiting a civil commitment hearing escaped from our Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center ACPTC, which provides for the civil commitment of people who have a mental disorder that predisposes them to commit sexual acts that pose a danger to the health and safety of others.  Fortunately the person that [...]

Seat Belts

By | August 11th, 2010|General|

  Check this out.  Here’s a 3 minute You Tube Video clip that St. Mary's Key Club did on seat belt & texting safety.  St. Mary's High School has participated in ADHS' Battle of the Belt program for 3 years now. This will be played  during morning announcements, etc. in High Schools around the state.

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New Electronic Smokefree AZ Reporting Module

By | August 10th, 2010|General|

Our Smoke Free Arizona and ITS teams polished off their electronic Complaint Reporting System this week.  Our county partners can use the new tool to manage complaints electronically.  The reports can be downloaded in PDF format or Excel.  This is a great example of a solid team effort with participation from both teams including Harmony Duport, [...]

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Gulf Fish Testing

By | August 9th, 2010|General|

Our laboratory expects to get our first seafood samples from the Gulf next week.  The goal is find out whether commercial seafood has been contaminated by the oil spill and if so, to determine whether the levels pose a health risk.  Our team will specialize in testing for  Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).  The FDA and NOAA [...]

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World Breastfeeding Week

By | August 6th, 2010|General|

Arizona enjoys a relatively high breastfeeding rate compared to the rest of the country- with 78% of all newborns being breastfed.  But we can always do better, that’s why we’re joining the rest of the world in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, which promotes the health and well-being of mothers, babies and families throughout the world. [...]

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Arizona’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Goes Live

By | August 6th, 2010|Behavioral Health, General|

Some of the folks that we serve in our diverse mission have complicated medical conditions and may have had trouble in the past finding health insurance because of a pre-existing health problem.  The new federal healthcare reform law may be able to help some of these folks under the newly created “Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP)”…  [...]

Successful Budget Load

By | August 5th, 2010|General|

The first part of the fiscal year (July) is always a busy time for our budget folks. The new fiscal year requires a lot of data entry, cross-checks, analysis and review. It was a busy time of year even when we had several people in the budget office.  This year we got the job done [...]

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Delta Society

By | August 5th, 2010|General|

Cindy from the Delta Society began making visits with her therapy dogs at the Arizona State Hospital a couple of weeks ago.  The Delta Society is a volunteer organization that improves people's health and well-being using positive interactions with animals.  Their mission is to help people by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their [...]

West Nile Ramping Up

By | July 27th, 2010|Prevention|

The West Nile virus is making its annual visit to Arizona.  We’ve had several cases now in Arizona (and 1 death) - mostly from the East Valley in Maricopa and Pinal Counties. Most of these cases have the more severe form of West Nile virus which causes meningitis or encephalitis.  We rarely hear of most cases because [...]

Healthcare Reform Questions

By | July 23rd, 2010|General|

I know that many of you are getting questions from your stakeholders about healthcare reform.  The website that HHS posted recently  should help,  as it provides the latest information on the health care reform law.  It’s seems to mainly be focused on consumer awareness etc.  For example, the website provides information about the new option [...]

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