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Federal officials recommend third mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose for those with weakened immune systems

By | August 13th, 2021|Preparedness|

The federal government has authorized a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for people with weakened immune systems. This important news applies to Arizonans with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. These individuals are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and an additional vaccine dose for them could help prevent serious illness and death. [...]

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2020 State-by-State Report on Public Health Preparedness

By | February 25th, 2020|Preparedness|

Recent events, such as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), highlight the need for public health preparedness programs at the local, state, and federal levels. A primary role of public health agencies is to help protect the public from such disease outbreaks and disasters. However, it can be difficult to know just how prepared we are [...]

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Annual Report Highlights Advances in Making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation

By | April 6th, 2018|General|

This week we celebrated National Public Health Week, highlighting the great work and accomplishments of the Arizona Department of Health Services and our public health and healthcare partners from across the state. We are concluding this week with the release of our Annual Report to highlight many of the great projects and programs our teams accomplished over the last fiscal year, [...]

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Clinicians now have an easy, accessible ADHS website

By | January 19th, 2017|General|

One of public health’s major partnerships is with practicing clinicians. In any threat to the public’s health – be it environmental, nuclear, infectious, chronic or substance-related – clinicians work with health departments to recognize and respond appropriately. Now it is easier than ever for them to find public health resources and guidelines in Arizona. On [...]

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Public Health Works Behind the Scenes to Make Our Communities Healthy

By | March 3rd, 2016|General|

When I was younger, my grandmother gave me two books, and I don’t think she realized they ended up shaping my career. After reading Outbreak (by Robin Cook) and Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC (by Joseph McCormick and Susan Fisher-Hoch), I was hooked on working in public health. After learning more about what [...]

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Viral Hepatitis Summit in Phoenix

By | September 23rd, 2015|Preparedness|

On September 17 we held the first ever Viral Hepatitis Summit sponsored by Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI). There were 85 healthcare personnel and public health professionals in attendance, including physicians, social workers, nurses and pharmacists from all over Arizona. Some of the topics included adhering to hepatitis B and C testing guidelines, accessing treatment for hepatitis C, and [...]

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Arizona State Hospital Updates

By | July 23rd, 2015|Behavioral Health|

Our state hospital team has really been working hard over the past few months! In May of 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services completed an inspection of the hospital and provided us with a report of their findings. With a new leadership team in place, they've been busy putting together a plan of action to address and [...]

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Changes in Screening and Monitoring of Travelers Returning from Liberia

By | June 26th, 2015|Preparedness|

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia on May 9, 2015, when 42 days (two incubation periods) passed since the last Ebola patient was buried. However, the WHO recommended that Liberia maintain heightened surveillance for another 90 days (until August 7, 2015). This led to changes, that began [...]

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Wildfire Season Kicks Off

By | May 23rd, 2014|Licensing, Preparedness|

The first big fire of the season started this week in Oak Creek Canyon- called the Slide fire.  Smoke is usually the first public health impact from wildland fires.  The air quality in Flagstaff and Sedona has been generally OK- but poor at times depending on the winds (smoke levels in Sedona have been high [...]