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New AZ Cancer Report

By | August 22nd, 2013|Prevention|

Surveillance is a cornerstone of public health practice because it gives us the tools we need to identify priorities and craft effective interventions to improve outcomes.  Cancer surveillance is no exception.  Our Arizona Cancer Registry tracks and monitors the number and types of cancer cases in the state and publishes reports periodically.  Our new report [...]

Vaccine Driving Down US HPV Rate

By | June 25th, 2013|Prevention|

This week, The Journal of Infectious Diseases published a study looking at the number of human papillomavirus infections in females before and after HPV vaccine was created (back in ’06).  The study found impressive results: a 56% decrease in HPV since the vaccine was introduced in 2006 (among girls between 14-19 years old).  This is a big deal [...]

Men’s Health Week Time to Think about Our Health

By | June 13th, 2013|Prevention|

This week is Men’s Health Week - the worldwide event happens every year before Father’s Day calling attention to the issues that affect men’s health. Many groups take the opportunity to talk about men’s health – we should be thinking about our health every week.  The top health issues that impact men’s health are also [...]

AZ’s Trauma System: Moving to the Next Level

By | December 3rd, 2012|Preparedness|

Injuries are the leading cause of death for Arizonans from age 1 to 44.  That means for the majority of the young and the middle-aged injury is more lethal than cancer, heart disease, hypertension and influenza combined.  The effectiveness of a State’s pre-hospital and Trauma System makes the difference when it comes to saving lives [...]

Undy 5000

By | November 13th, 2012|General|

For the 5th year in a row, we’re participating in the Undy 5000 fun walk/run on November 17th. This event helps increase awareness of colon cancer and encourages folks to bite the bullet and get screened.  The run raises money for the Colon Cancer Alliance and half the profits stay here in Arizona. Half is spent [...]

Guide to Community Prevention Services

By | October 3rd, 2012|Prevention|

Every so often- you run into a resource guide that stands above the rest.  I discovered one of those a couple of weeks ago when I was at a conference with the people in my job from around the country.  It’s called the Guide to Community Preventive Services – and it’s a free resource to [...]

Worksite Wellness- a Critical Public Health Lever

By | September 21st, 2012|Affordable Care Act, Prevention|

Chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes cause 70% of deaths in the US these days… absorbing 75% of the $2.5T spent on annual medical care costs.  When it comes to employee healthcare expenses- the indirect costs of poor health like absenteeism, disability, and reduced work output can be several times higher than direct medical [...]

Arizona’s New Chronic Disease Strategic Plan

By | September 10th, 2012|Prevention|

I’m happy to share our new Arizona Chronic Disease Strategic Plan.  This past year, our team from the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease worked with community partners from across the state on a new guiding document for chronic disease prevention and health promotion.  This strategic plan will be used by ADHS, county health departments, and community partners [...]

The Dose Makes the Poison

By | June 19th, 2012|Prevention|

The first thing that you learn in a Toxicology 101 class is the old saying coined by the Renaissance German scientist Paracelsus that: "All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous." We've shortened that to: 'the dose makes the poison".  Anyway... a key question for [...]

The Texas Sharpshooter

By | June 1st, 2012|General|

There’s an old tale about a Texas “Sharpshooter” that pulls his pistol out of his holster and shoots at the broad side of a barn pretty much at random without aiming.  Then he goes up to the barn with a paintbrush and draws a circle around the bullet holes and says: “See, I have perfect [...]