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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 [...]

AZ Data to Drive Public Health Interventions

By | October 24th, 2011|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

Making good decisions about prioritizing which public health issues to tackle and how to target our interventions rests on our ability to collect and analyze public health data.  For infectious disease surveillance that means have a base of solid reporting and surveillance so we can analyze infectious disease trends.  For chronic diseases, we need to [...]

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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 [...]

Healthy Living = Improved Life Expectancy

By | June 23rd, 2011|General, Prevention|

Everybody knows that people in different parts of the country behave differently when it comes to smoking and physical activity, but does it impact how long they live?  The answer is yes.  According to fascinating study, Americans are living longer, but not in every part of the country.  In fact, in some areas, life expectancy [...]

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Ensuring Healthy Birth Outcomes

By | January 14th, 2011|Prevention|

What’s the most important thing we can do to ensure a good birth outcome?  During the 1980s and 1990s, public health focused on the importance of prenatal care and ensuring that every woman got into prenatal care early in the pregnancy and continued with consistent care throughout the pregnancy.  Programs like Health Start enlisted lay [...]

Heart Disease v. Cancer in AZ

By | October 25th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

As predicted by our 1990 ADHS Vital Statistics Bureau in 1990- cancer is now the number one killer in Arizona – surpassing heart disease.  Does this mean that cancer is getting worse?  Probably not- it really says that because of better management, treatment, and prevention of heart disease- people with heart conditions are living longer.  [...]

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New Strategies to Reduce NaCl Intake

By | April 26th, 2010|Prevention|

Last Wednesday, April 21, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report on high blood pressure entitled Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.  The report was sponsored by the CDC, FDA, and  NIH. High blood pressure is one of the nation’s leading causes of death, responsible for roughly one in six [...]

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