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National Audit: Room for Improvement at Skilled Nursing Facilities

By | March 6th, 2014|Affordable Care Act, Licensing|

Data collection and analysis is public health’s most valuable  renewable resource- which is why we’ve made data analysis such a high priority.  Yesterday, the Office of the Inspector General for HHS published a document that highlights the fact that disciplined data analyses can identify key factors that result in poor outcomes- giving us the information [...]

Arizona’s First Ever State Health Assessment

By | February 13th, 2014|General|

Today we published Arizona’s first ever comprehensive State Health Assessment. The objective of the State Health Assessment is to give Arizona’s public health and health care systems a clear tool to help drive future decision-making and resource allocation as we collectively design and implement evidence-based interventions to improve health and wellness outcomes across Arizona.   The [...]

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Electronic Birth Certificate Rollout Going Smoothly

By | January 6th, 2014|Prevention|

We rolled out a new electronic birth certificate system this week that will be a game-changer for public health.  Our system (which took about 18 months to plan, create & launch) will help us collect better surveillance data for our Winnable Battles like obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, and better data about birth outcomes that will help [...]

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Arizona Public Health Association gets National Recognition

By | December 18th, 2013|General|

Congratulations to Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA) for gaining national recognition for its work- snagging the 2013 National Affiliate of the Year Award from the American Public Health Association. For 85 years, AzPHA has helped shape public health in Arizona working to create smoke-free environments and access to healthcare.  In this year alone, the Arizona affiliate [...]

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Typhoon Haiyan & Public Health

By | November 29th, 2013|Behavioral Health, General, Preparedness, Prevention|

Like conflict and wars, typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) destroyed basic services for food, water, health care and shelter in the Central Philippines.  This disaster was declared a “Level 3” Emergency by the UN, meaning there’s substantial impact on the health of people and it can’t be managed by a country or region alone. The [...]

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Excellent “Public Health 101” PowerPoint

By | November 27th, 2013|General|

One of the objectives in our Strategic Map is Building Awareness of Public Health Value.  One of the ways we can do that is to educate community groups, students and other Stakeholders about the return on investment that public health provides and how the system works.  Lucky for us the CDC recently published a PowerPoint [...]

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This is An Exercise

By | November 20th, 2013|Preparedness|

Arizona’s public health and healthcare system teamed up with the ADHS including our Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and the Arizona Division of Emergency Management last week in one of the largest preparedness exercises of the year. The objective was to test and build preparedness capabilities across the emergency management system in AZ. More than 3,000 [...]

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Valley Fever Awareness

By | November 14th, 2013|General, Preparedness|

Guest blog by Jessica Rigler, Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control 11th Annual Valley Fever Awareness Week Valley Fever is a lung infection caused a fungus in the soil here in Arizona.  People get it by breathing in Valley Fever spores in the air. Most people will have no symptoms or recover after a few [...]

Health in All Policies Guidance

By | October 16th, 2013|General, Prevention|

The California Department of Public Health, the California Endowment, and the Public Health Institute released a document called  "Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments" this week…  which provides best practices to improve the public's health and safety by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all sectors and policy areas.  The [...]

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E-cigarettes and Teens

By | September 27th, 2013|General|

E-cigarettes have been a huge topic of discussion in the tobacco control industry and in public health over the past few years. While containing no actual tobacco, they do contain nicotine, are flavored and require the user to emulate the act of smoking.   The CDC recently released a study showing that e-cigarette use has doubled [...]