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Help & Advice for New Parents at Home

By | September 20th, 2013|General|

Guest blog by Mary Ellen Cunningham, Bureau of Women's and Children's Health All new parents have experienced a version of this thought when they bring home their helpless, tiny newborn:  “I have no idea what I am doing.”  We also know now how terribly important those first years are for baby.  The brain development in [...]

Programs that Advance Health Equity

By | April 25th, 2013|Licensing|

If you live in or have visited the rural towns and cities in Arizona, it’s not a surprise that many of these rural locations don’t have enough healthcare providers. Based on current provider shortage data from the federal HRSA, we need an additional 170 primary care providers and 54 mental health providers to adequately care [...]

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Even Healthier AZ Preschools on the Way

By | October 23rd, 2012|General, Prevention|

AZ was selected to be one of only six states to participate in a new national initiative to help preschools to adopt evidence-based practices in nutrition, breastfeeding support, physical activity, and "screen time" policies and practices. The project begins this month when a company called Nemours (that’s who's been hired by the CDC) begins establishing and training state teams to lead preschool quality improvement learning collaboratives.  Nemours [...]

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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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Closin’ the Deal

By | September 23rd, 2011|General|

Just a few hours ago we learned that we closed the deal on the highly competitive portion of a new  home visiting grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services. We're one of 9 states that'll be awarded the competitive portion of the grant. We'll receive $9.4M a year for four years for a total of more than $36M to implement a maternal, infant, [...]

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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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