It’s time to get kids 5 and older up current on immunizations, including COVID-19 boosters

By | May 20th, 2022|Preparedness|

Childhood vaccines protect against not just severe illness but prevent disease outbreaks that can interrupt classroom learning. That’s one reason why ADHS and our partners encourage parents to get their children current on required immunizations as well as COVID-19 vaccination. The pandemic has made it more difficult to stay current on routine medical care. With [...]

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Coming for Ages 5-11: Here’s What You Need to Know

By | October 20th, 2021|Preparedness|

Nearly all Arizona children ages 5 to 11 are vaccinated against measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, rubella, mumps, polio, and other diseases that have been eliminated or all but eliminated thanks to modern medicine.  Soon, COVID-19 will become the next disease with a safe and highly effective vaccine available to children in this age group. In [...]

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To Spank or Not to Spank?

By | December 4th, 2013|Prevention|

Finding effective ways to guide kids can be a struggle- especially since each child responds so differently.  From “time outs” to “spanking”, parents hope that discipline works to modify behavior.  But what about the long-term impact of discipline like spanking?  Is it effective in the long-run?  A recent study completed and published in the journal [...]

PE, Math and English Go Hand in Hand

By | June 12th, 2013|Prevention|

The Institute of Medicine just released a new report that recommends schools make physical education a core subject, just like math and English.  According to the report…  44% of school administrators reported cutting significant time from PE classes in order to devote more time to reading and math over the last 10 years.  There’s pressure to increase [...]

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Hearing and Vision Screening

By | February 19th, 2013|General, Newborn Screening|

According to the CDC about 15% of school age kids have some hearing loss.  Children who are hard of hearing will find it harder to learn vocabulary, grammar, word order, and other parts of verbal communication.  Newborn hearing loss occurs in about 1 in 5,000 births- which is why it’s so important that AZ kids [...]

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Our Christmas Angels

By | December 24th, 2012|General|

One of our best Agency traditions has been our Christmas Angel program.  Every year for the past 15 years our employees have been helping other Agency employees to make sure every kid in the ADHS family has something to open on Christmas morning.  More than 230 angels were adopted from trees at the State Hospital and [...]

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Up & Away & Out of Sight

By | January 6th, 2012|General|

More than  2,000 kids ended up in AZ emergency rooms from accidental poisoning last year. Kids 5 and younger had the highest rates of non-fatal ER visits from accidental poisoning.  Nationally, more than 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms because they got into medicines while their parent or caregiver wasn't looking.  The new Up and Away and Out of Sight educational [...]

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MY Fest 4

By | March 23rd, 2011|Behavioral Health, General|

The 4th Annual MY Fest is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 11 am to 4 pm.  This exciting event has once again been planned and produced by members of Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE) Arizona. The MY Fest youth festival will be at the Tempe Beach Park again this year and [...]

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Healthy Schools

By | September 3rd, 2010|General|

I thought I’d do a piece on school environmental health now that school’s back in session.  About 1 million Arizona kids and 100,000 adults spend a big chunk of their day in Arizona’s public, private and charter schools.  Because schools can often be crowded environments, it’s important operate them in a way that maximizes a [...]

Seat Belts

By | August 11th, 2010|General|

  Check this out.  Here’s a 3 minute You Tube Video clip that St. Mary's Key Club did on seat belt & texting safety.  St. Mary's High School has participated in ADHS' Battle of the Belt program for 3 years now. This will be played  during morning announcements, etc. in High Schools around the state.

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