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Arizona’s EMPOWER Program Gets Even More National Recognition

By | February 22nd, 2012|General|

Last week the Altarum Institute released a report highlighting Arizona as one of only 10 states to successfully integrate physical activity and nutrition criteria into Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for child care facilities.   In Arizona, the quality rating system for child care is known as Quality First and is administered by First Things First.  To [...]

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Empower White-Paper

By | July 29th, 2011|Licensing, Prevention|

In the fall of 2009, faced with a 3 billion dollar budget shortfall, the state of Arizona eliminated funding for licensing services from the budget of the Arizona Department of Health Services.  We were given the authority to self-fund these services by passing the costs of providing this critical public health service back to the [...]

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Let’s Get Kids Off to a Healthy Start

By | July 19th, 2011|Licensing, Prevention|

We know from research that the first five years of a child’s life are incredibly important. The brain is still being formed, and we have the chance to impact a kid’s whole life by building a strong foundation.  One of the best places for public health to get involved is through child care. At ADHS, [...]

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Jeanette’s Movin’ On

By | July 4th, 2011|Prevention|

Jeanette Shea is retiring at the end of July.  She’s been with the Department for more than 20 years serving as a Program Manager,  Social Work Consultant, Section Chief then Office Chief for Women’s and Children’s Health and finally as the Assistant Director for Public Health Prevention for the last few years.  She’s has been [...]

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ADHS Gets Partnership Award

By | June 10th, 2011|Prevention|

Today the Arizona Academy of Pediatrics recognized our Nutrition and Physical Activity Team as a co-recipient of the 2011 Partnership Award at its annual luncheon and chapter meeting.  Our team was recognized for increasing outreach efforts to pediatricians and actively fostering collaboration among staff and the Academy membership.  Karen Sell and the team helped the Academy indentify [...]