Our agency continues to measure what matters in an effort to improve our services to Arizonans and review these measurements on a routine basis to ensure we’re on track in achieving our mission. One critical component of the work we do here is providing education, recommendations, and guidance to the public, healthcare providers, and public health partners in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. It’s important to monitor whether we are accomplishing this work through routine measurement.
Our agency scorecard contains a metric to address prevention of Zika virus. While at this time Arizona has only identified 10 Zika cases, all in individuals who traveled to a Zika-affected area, we recognize the potential impact of the disease in pregnant women and their unborn children and are committed to preventing its spread within our state’s borders.
We’re targeting 100 percent compliance with provision of prevention services, meaning that public health will provide appropriate education and mosquito control to every single person we approve to be tested for Zika. So far, we’ve met our target. We’ll keep monitoring to ensure we maintain these critical services and continue to do our best to prevent local transmission of Zika virus here in Arizona.