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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 [...]

Are E-cigarettes an Important Tool in the Tobacco Fight?

By | May 21st, 2014|Prevention|

There’s no substitute for evidence when it comes to public health decision-making.  Over the last couple of years the public health community has been asking itself whether electronic cigarettes can play an important role in getting folks to kick their tobacco habit.  We haven’t had much evidence to answer that question so far… but a [...]

Federal Funds for Arizona Public Health

By | May 13th, 2014|General, Preparedness, Prevention|

We use a lot of CDC grants  in Arizona to promote public health.  I’ve talked about what we do with the Maternal and Child Health, as well as the Behavioral Health, grants in previous blogs.  There’s another grant that lets us focus on issues that are specifically tailored to Arizona.  The Preventive Health block grant helps fund our [...]

Medicare Cost Transparency

By | April 9th, 2014|Prevention|

I’ve always believed that transparency improves the efficiency of any system.  Health care costs are no exception- and health care reimbursement costs are probably at the top of the list of systems that could be improved by applying a healthy dose of cost transparency. Today the federal government took a giant step forward when they [...]

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Ebola

By | March 31st, 2014|Preparedness|

If you’re like me, your introduction to Ebola virus came in the 1990s with the bestseller nonfiction thriller The Hot Zone and loosely-based film Outbreak.  The descriptions of a deadly hemorrhagic fever that quickly spread through the population were terrifying, as were the life-threatening dangers posed to the intervening infectious disease personnel. The Guinea Ministry [...]

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Now Hiring – Licensing Assistant Director

By | March 26th, 2014|Licensing|

Once in a while we have a tremendous opportunity for a great leader to join our team, but not very often.   We just posted the Assistant Director for Public Health Licensing.  The person we’re looking for will be able to take a great team and make it better.  This person will be collaborating with partners [...]

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Tuberculosis & Mankind

By | March 24th, 2014|Prevention|

Tuberculosis and mankind share a dramatic and intertwined history.  TB has caused millions of deaths every year for centuries, been found in Egyptian mummies, has placed patients into sanatoriums, and has  even has a folklore link relating it with vampires,  The drama continues into this decade: in 2012, there were 8.8 million new cases of [...]

A Key Measure of Preparedness Improves in AZ

By | March 18th, 2014|Preparedness|

During a major crisis, such as an influenza pandemic, we might need to take extraordinary steps to ensure that healthcare workers have the medicines and supplies on hand to treat patients.  State, local, and federal agencies all participate in the Strategic National Stockpile program to help ensure that these critical resources are available during disaster situations. [...]

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Improving Arizona’s Birth Outcomes

By | March 13th, 2014|Prevention|

Arizona ranks in the middle of the pack in infant mortality.  We’re doing many things right to improve the health of our babies-  but we have a way to go. Last fall we participated in a learning collaborative sponsored by the National Governors Association.  About 160 folks met to begin the process developing a statewide [...]

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