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New AZ Cancer Report

By | August 22nd, 2013|Prevention|

Surveillance is a cornerstone of public health practice because it gives us the tools we need to identify priorities and craft effective interventions to improve outcomes.  Cancer surveillance is no exception.  Our Arizona Cancer Registry tracks and monitors the number and types of cancer cases in the state and publishes reports periodically.  Our new report [...]

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Vision Awards x 2

By | August 14th, 2013|Prevention|

One of the most important aspects of public health is sharing effective, creative ideas with other public health agencies so more people can benefit from what we learn.  Each year the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials highlights really good programs with their Vision Awards.  This year, they selected 2 from Arizona to share [...]

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What’s Meaningful Use, Anyway?

By | June 26th, 2013|General|

You’ve probably heard the words “meaningful use” thrown around…  but what is it?  Basically, it’s using electronic health record technology to: 1) Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities; 2) Engage patients and family; 3) Improve care coordination, and population and public health; and 4) Maintain privacy and security of patient health information.   Using [...]

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Our Newest Decision-making Tool

By | June 24th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

The core of our decision-making as an agency relies on evidence.  Evidence can be scientific like surveillance or research or it can be administrative or financial.  Whichever way you slice it- the key is to get good reliable information so that our teams can make effective decisions as we execute our mission.   One of the [...]

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Obesity Declared a Disease

By | June 21st, 2013|Prevention|

The American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity as a disease this week.  This is an important change… because the term “disease” in the managed care world means that that prevention and treatment is more medically necessary, justifying reimbursement for necessary interventions.  If obesity isn't a disease then I don't know what is.  Obesity has [...]

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Border Bi-national Public Health

By | June 18th, 2013|Affordable Care Act, General|

You can think of the border public health advocacy network as a bi-national matrix of public health partners that collaborate to improve conditions along the US-Mexico border.  The network includes national organizations like the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission along with state based partnerships like the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the annual Border Governor’s Conference.    As part of my job [...]

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What’s Our Most Popular Report?

By | June 7th, 2013|General|

It's called the 2011 Arizona Health Status and Vital Statistics Annual Report... and last year's report got hit upon 2,000,000 times.  It gives our most granular public health information of the year including refined health statistics on pregnancies, births, reportable diseases, deaths, inpatient hospitalizations, emergency room visits, marriages, divorces and population for Arizona.  The report provides critical data for health policy formulation, [...]

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To Decolonize, or Not to Decolonize

By | June 5th, 2013|Prevention|

…  that is the question- at least when it comes to whether to take standard measures to decolonize intensive care patients with antibiotic ointments in their nose to remove Staphylococcus bugs.  Hospital associated infections are a critical public health and healthcare cost problem.  While we’re losing ground in our fight against obesity- we’re making progress [...]

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National Spotlight on AZ’s High Risk Perinatal Program

By | May 1st, 2013|Prevention|

The March edition of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Program’s Issue Brief highlights the great strides Arizona has made in decreasing neonatal deaths since the inception of our High Risk Perinatal Program/Newborn Intensive Care Program. When the program started in the 1970s, 1.8% of neonates died within a month of being born.  As a [...]

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Public Health Conference Offers a Chance to Hear from National Public Health Expert

By | April 23rd, 2013|General, Preparedness, Prevention|

The Arizona Public Health Association will hold the 2013 Spring Conference on Wednesday, April 24…  focusing on how we can address removing barriers to access healthcare, integrate primary care and mental health, and strengthen Arizona’s capacity to improve health equity. The Conference will feature a keynote address from one of the nations most decorated and [...]

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