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Show Your Love

By | February 14th, 2013|General, Prevention|

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day of romance, flowers and candy.  The CDC Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative launched a campaign asking all women of childbearing age to Show Your Love by taking good care of themselves.  It’s a national initiative to educate women and couples on the importance of preconception health. Preconception health [...]

Tobacco Use & the Target Market

By | November 15th, 2012|Prevention|

One of the things you learn in business school is the importance of using the concept of a “target market” as a core of your business marketing plan.  That’s what we do when it comes to tobacco cessation.  We examine our tobacco surveillance data and look at demographic patterns for target populations and look for the [...]

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 [...]

Outstanding Dietitians

By | July 10th, 2012|Prevention|

Registered Dietitians are on the front lines of our battle against obesity.  They work everyday to help people understand the importance of balancing diet and exercise - not necessarily an easy task in this junk-food, drive-thru world.  Some of them are really good at it - including our own Adrienne Udarbe and Maricopa County's Trudes Rodriquez.  The Arizona Academy of [...]

Wellness!

By | June 14th, 2012|Prevention|

I'm excited to announce that we have 32 teams signed up for the ADHS Worksite Wellness Stair Climb Challenge.  Stair climbing and other physical activities have so many health benefits including decreasing your risk of developing a chronic disease, improving your mental health and mood, and it increases your chances of living longer.  So, Get Your Climb On!

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 [...]

Prevention and County Health

By | January 5th, 2012|Prevention|

Our prevention and county health folks will be spending more time working to help counties, schools, and communities to adopt policies that will reduce obesity, chronic disease and disparities.  One area of focus will be Border Health where the objectives include reducing motor vehicle accidents and substance abuse.  There will also be more going on [...]

What’s Preconception Health- and Why’s it Important?

By | November 7th, 2011|General, Prevention|

Being born too soon is the number one killer of infants in Arizona and in the nation.  Death rates from prematurity are declining but babies born too soon (before 37 weeks) often face medical, developmental and social challenges as they get older. More than 8,000 babies in Arizona were born too soon last year.   This week the March [...]

Multiple Chronic Conditions- an Expensive Public Health Threat

By | October 17th, 2011|Prevention|

I’ve written several pieces over the last few weeks highlighting our efforts to better integrate primary healthcare into the treatment plans for folks with mental illnesses- but the issue of providing better coordinated care for folks with multiple chronic medical conditions is really far bigger than this integration issue.  More than 25% of Americans have multiple [...]