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ADHS Looking for a Forward-thinking Assistant Director

By | May 8th, 2012|Licensing|

“Promoting Health and Wellness for all Arizonans" is the motto of the Arizona Department of Health Services.  We promote and protect the health of Arizona's children and adults and set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy and leadership.  Want a piece of the action?  We’re looking for an [...]

Licensing Does Whatever it Takes

By | March 20th, 2012|Licensing|

The opening of a new hospital last week in Florence was anything but usual for folks in our Licensing Division.  Since the hospital will also take care of prisoners, the staff had to work closely on the floor plan to make sure it met both medical and security needs.  The hospital had to be able [...]

Recovery Through Whole Health RFI

By | February 9th, 2012|Behavioral Health, Licensing|

We’ll be having a “Request For Information” session regarding our “ Recovery Through Whole Health, the Regional Behavioral Health Authority with Health Homes” project (a.k.a. the upcoming Request for Proposal for behavioral health services in Maricopa County) on March 21 from 1- 5 pm at the Radisson City Center at 3600 N. 2nd Ave. in Phoenix. We’ll [...]

Do Yourself A Favor in 2012

By | January 4th, 2012|General, Prevention|

Life is a precious gift.  None of us knows long our gift will last, so it’s important to make the most of every day.  That means doing everything you can to stay healthy by eating well and exercising regularly.  A lot of folks will say – I’m stuck with my health because of my genes, [...]

Looking to the Horizon

By | September 27th, 2011|General|

I’m proud of a ton of things that we’ve accomplished for the folks of Arizona over the last 2 ½ years together.  Two of the things that I’m most proud of has been our collective ability to think clearly about ways that we can achieve better health outcomes in Arizona using creative thinking, enthusiasm and [...]

Going the Extra Mile

By | September 6th, 2011|General|

Our behavioral health licensing team gets complaints from many sources- but seldom do we read about potentially dangerous conditions in the newspaper.  But that’s just what happened earlier this month.  Our licensing team awoke to read an article in a local newspaper in which the operator stated that they had laid off their clinical director, nurse, [...]

Transforming Communities

By | June 8th, 2011|Prevention|

The CDC released their grant guidance for the upcoming Community Transformation Grants a couple of weeks ago.  The objective of the grant is to support the implementation (and evaluation) of evidence-based community preventive health activities to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence base [...]

Looking for a Dynamic and Rewarding Career?

By | May 10th, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Life expectancy improved by more than 30 years in the US during the 20th Century.  Advances in diagnosis and treatment of disease have played a role, but the real reason we’re living longer today has a lot more to do with public health interventions than advances in health care.  Interventions like vaccines, motor vehicle safety, [...]

New Healthcare Associated Infections Toolkit

By | April 15th, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Healthcare-associated infections are a critical challenge to public health in Arizona.  Healthcare associated infections are acquired during healthcare treatment and can be devastating and even deadly- importantly, they’re preventable.  At any given time, about 1 in 20 patients have an infection while receiving healthcare treatment in U.S. hospitals, causing up to $33B in excess medical [...]

Incentivizing Chronic Disease Self-Management

By | April 12th, 2011|Prevention|

This month AHCCCS told us that they’ve picked our Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease as the state applicant for HHS’ Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Grant.  The grant proposal (which will be developed with AHCCCS) must be turned in to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services early next month.  The grant [...]