To promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona
Health and Wellness for All Arizonans
The Arizona Department of Health Services is committed to the health and wellness of all Arizonans as we provide public health services for their entire lifecycle. Many people often don't recognize the impact that public health has on every facet of our daily lives. Through this report, we will show the many ways we help improve the lives of all Arizonans by:
We also operate the Arizona State Hospital (ASH), which provides high acuity, inpatient psychiatric services to our state's most vulnerable residents. ADHS is proud to be a part of Arizona's strong public health system, providing safe parks, clean air, clean water, safe meals and a healthy environment to raise our families. The work we do truly adds value to our state and brings health and wellness to all Arizonans.
The Strategic Map provides ADHS with a clear strategic direction over the next five years, a path for implementing the strategy and an effective approach for community involvement. The Strategic Map allows the entire agency to come together under the single public health umbrella concentrating on activities and resources that will achieve better outcomes.
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July 11-12th, 2017
Accreditation experts visit ADHS to conduct the onsite accreditation site visit to ensure ADHS is committed to providing the highest standards of public health practice.
July 18th, 2017
ADHS leads a Foodborne Hepatitis A Outbreak Investigation Tabletop Exercise for almost 110 public health partners. Individuals in attendance are tribal and county health departments, hospitals, state universities, and federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The goal of the exercise is to identify assets and resources that may be needed to deal with a foodborne illness response, any gaps in current processes, as well as the role of public information and communication in outbreak response.
July 19th, 2017
ADHS hosts 8th annual Arizona Infectious Disease Training & Exercise (AZID2017), where approximately 400 partners from a wide variety of organizations join together to learn and share about best practices and current infectious disease trends in Arizona and surrounding states.
July 19th, 2017
The Healthy Kids AZ App launches during the annual AZID. The free mobile app includes infectious disease and childcare & school health flip charts, lists of public clinics, AZ specific vaccine information, and infection control guidance. Since its launch, Healthy Kids AZ has over 1,600 downloads and content is reviewed on a monthly basis to ensure up to date information is available for all of our users.
July 28th, 2017
New emergency opioid prescribing and treatment rules for healthcare institutions become effective. The rules impact prescribing, ordering, or administering opioids as a part of treatment in order to protect the health and safety of patients.
July 31st, 2017
The opioid data dashboard is made available as part of the public health emergency response to the opioid epidemic. Through the new surveillance system, ADHS begins collecting data on suspected opioid overdose, overdose fatalities, number of naloxone kits dispensed, naloxone kits administered, and cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
August 2nd, 2017
ADHS announces the winners of the annual Healthy Swimming Poster Contest. Nine-year-old Robbie B. from Maricopa County is the year's overall winner. This year there are more than 60 healthy swimming posters submitted from kids all across Arizona. All posters suggest ways to swim healthy and avoid getting a recreational water illness (RWI).
August 9th, 2017
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) is added as the 31st disorder to Arizona’s newborn screening panel and universal testing for the disorder begins. Babies with SCID appear healthy at birth but lack a functioning immune system. Without the early identification and treatment made possible by newborn screening, Arizona babies – especially those with Hispanic and Athabascan Native American ancestry – are left vulnerable to recurrent infections that become fatal within the first year of life.
August 17th, 2017
This event brings together key leaders and decision makers in business, education, medical research, cancer care, government, and health policy in our state.
August 17th, 2017
ADHS hosts a Benefits Fair as part of the transition of the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA) This fair provided information on a variety of benefits available to the ADHS team, including our Infant at Work Program and many professional development opportunities.
August 23rd, 2017
ADHS hosts Goal Council 3 Workshop for over 200 of the states experts identifying recommendations to address Arizona’s Opioid Crisis. These recommendations help to develop the Opioid Action Plan.
August 31st, 2017
ADHS team meets with officials from the City of Phoenix to discuss exciting opportunities to partner while developing the Center for Psychiatric Excellence plans.
September 5th, 2017
ADHS issues the Opioid Overdose Epidemic Response Report and Opioid Action Plan, providing recommendations, additional response activities, and preliminary legislative ideas to Governor Doug Ducey.
September 6th, 2017
ADHS hosts the Strong Families AZ Home Visiting Conference for 740 home visiting professionals throughout Arizona to focus on Succeeding with Partnerships.
September 20th, 2017
ADHS Infant at Work program earns national recognition from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the de Beaumont Foundation winning the inaugural Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) Model Policies and Practices Challenge Best State award. The challenge highlights workforce innovations that are changing the public health field and demonstrating a strategic movement in the future of the national public health workforce.
September 20th, 2017
ADHS is awarded national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) upon successful completion of the initial application, documentation review, and site visit. Accreditation reinforces the role of the Department as a leader in promoting the health and wellness of Arizonans. Through accreditation, ADHS continues collaboration with partners and showcases best practices with a focus on quality, effectiveness, and delivery of public health services.
September 29th, 2017
ADHS collaborates with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) in 2017 to provide training to dental providers and staff. The goal of the training is to educate dental professionals on key concepts and principles for infection prevention while delivering tools and evidence-based interventions to reduce risk within their facilities.
The Arizona State Hospital successfully passes its tri-annual accreditation survey conducted by the Joint Commission. The acknowledgement reinforces best practices above and beyond general patient care.
October 2nd, 2017
ADHS implements new death registration and Vital Records issuance system to be used, in coordination with partners statewide, to register death events and issue Vital Records in Arizona. Arizona now has a fully electronic registration system, eliminating faxes, paper, and manual processes.
October 3rd - November 17th, 2017
ADHS along with other state agencies, boards, and commissions come together to invest in the quality of life in our Arizona communities, nation, and world by contributing to the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). This year, ADHS staff raises over $9,000 more than the previous year for the many critical needs of our communities.
October 9th, 2017
ADHS develops emergency rules for continuation of opioid required reporting. Emergency rules ensure continued reporting of suspected opioid overdoses, suspected opioid deaths, suspected cases of infants experiencing neonatal abstinence syndrome, naloxone dispensed by pharmacists, and naloxone administered by first responders (law enforcement, EMS).
October 11th, 2017
The Bullying Prevention social media campaign and website launches with a goal to educate and inform parents on the dangers and signs of bullying. The campaign provides tools to better define, recognize, act on, and discuss bullying with your child.
October 27th, 2017
ADHS convenes law enforcement and first responders from around the state to discuss expanding the Arizona Angel Initiative. This initiative provides additional opportunities from diversion programs, and encourages local law enforcement agencies to participate with the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad in order to combat Arizona’s opioid epidemic.
November 18th, 2017
ADHS and Maricopa County public health officials partner with the Phoenix Zoo to host a free flu vaccine clinic, accompanied by outreach on disease prevention and education from One Health.
November 16th, 2017
ADHS holds a public hearing and accepts public survey comments regarding the highest and best use of the Arizona State Hospital property related to the request for proposals for the Center for Psychiatric Excellence.
November 18th, 2017
ADHS processes nearly 300 birth certificates as a part of National Adoption Day. The event supports Arizonans in their legal process to become a family.
November 29th, 2017
The Arizona Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program successfully completes a multi-year effort to deploy an electronic system that replaces paper checks with a card to redeem benefits at authorized WIC stores. This rollout includes 119 WIC clinic locations, 600 authorized vendors (grocery stores), and 140,000 women, infants, and children.
November 28th, 2017
The State Drug Overdose Fatality Review comes together to begin its work to evaluate the causes and preventability of drug overdose deaths in Arizona. The work will inform system changes needed to decrease the incidence of preventable drug overdose deaths.
ADHS is awarded a new 5-year grant for $3.17 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor environmental hazards impacting public health. The EPHT Explorer is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information from a variety of national, state, and local sources.
December 8-9th, 2017
More than 30 ADHS employees give their time, program resources, and professional support during the annual Dental Mission of Mercy event at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Nearly 2,000 patients in need are provided free dental care and education, some of them receiving dental care for the first time. This event helps reduce health risks and disparities related to dental diseases and improves individuals' lives by eliminating pain and suffering.
December 12th, 2017
New to ADHS, this plan leads the Arizona Prescription Drug Initiative Health Care Advisory Team to update Arizona’s Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for acute and chronic pain, a voluntary consensus document intended to assist clinical decision-making with the best available evidence.
December 12th, 2017
Identified by the Opioid Action Plan as a recommendation, ADHS convenes an Insurance Parity Task Force with representatives from each of the payer sources in the state. The goal of the Task Force is to research and provide recommendations regarding parity and standardization across the state to increase access to care and treatment.
December 19th, 2017
ADHS is ranked sixth in the nation on a series of 10 public health emergency preparedness measures identified by a national organization. This recognition acknowledges Arizona's ability to effectively respond to all types of emergencies and disasters.
December 19th, 2017
Identified by the Opioid Action Plan as a recommendation, ADHS convenes a Regulatory Workgroup with representatives from each of the professional licensing boards and enforcement agencies throughout Arizona. The goal of the Workgroup is to identify prescribing trends and discuss enforcement issues regarding their regulated communities.
December 20th, 2017
Focusing on the patient experience, the Human Rights Committee creates an atmosphere of holiday wonder at the Arizona State Hospital.
December 27th, 2017
For the second year in a row, Emma is the top name for girls and Liam is the top name for boys born in Arizona in 2017. The top baby names come from birth certificates submitted to ADHS.
January 1st, 2018
ADHS releases the 2018 Targeted Blood Lead Screening Plan, updating screening recommendations from 2014. The plan includes an interactive web-based map where parents can enter their address and learn about screening recommendations for their children. All children should be evaluated at 12 and 24 months of age by their health care provider by a blood test or questionnaire.
January 1st, 2018
ADHS assumes the authority, powers, duties, and responsibilities of ARRA, and is now responsible for protecting public health and safety by regulating, inspecting, and licensing the use and sources of radiation statewide.
January 10th, 2018
ADHS convenes statewide experts in medical education and training to develop a statewide minimum curriculum that covers evidence-based pain management, diagnosis and management of substance use disorders, medication-assisted treatment, and pharmaceutical interactions of commonly prescribed medications.
January 12th, 2018
The report provides statewide numbers and rates of vital statistics including Arizona births, reportable diseases, and hospital discharges. Public health programs use the data to understand statewide trends and determine high-risk geographical areas within our state to address public health issues.
January 26th, 2018
The Arizona Legislature passes SB1001 unanimously in a four-day special session and Governor Doug Ducey signs the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act into law to reduce overdoses and improve patient safety.
January 26th, 2018
In order to achieve the vision of developing a Center for Psychiatric Excellence at the Arizona State Hospital, ADHS releases an RFP seeking proposals from parties interested in the enhancement and expansion of non-ASH administered behavioral health services available to Arizonans. The Center for Psychiatric Excellence will provide state of the art, comprehensive behavioral health services for residents of Arizona and maximize vacant or unused space on the ASH campus.
January 27th, 2018
ADHS partners with the UA SHARE Program to teach CPR to more than 500 school-aged children at the 2018 Connect2STEM event, held at the University of Arizona Phoenix Medical Campus.
February 1st, 2018
The National Governor’s Association (NGA) accepts Arizona's application to form an intra-agency workgroup to develop a State Action Plan that would build on the Governor's Opioid Action Plan to specifically address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The action plan is a joint effort between the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family, ADHS, Department of Child Safety and AHCCCS.
February 5-9th, 2018
The week-long convention style event provides an opportunity for staff to showcase accomplishments, become more familiar with other projects and programs, and network with colleagues. It serves to further expand the knowledge of our workforce about the agency and how each division, bureau, and program contributes to making a difference in the lives of Arizonans.
February 28th, 2018
ADHS, in partnership with Arizona's Poison and Drug Information Centers, launches one of the nation’s first real-time, comprehensive hotlines for healthcare providers seeking consultation for complex patients with pain and opioid use disorder. The free hotline, the Arizona Opioid Assistance and Referral (OAR) Line, is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and answered by medical experts to provide opioid-related information and support to medical providers.
March 1st, 2018
The State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) launches its electronic application system beginning with Site Registration followed by Provider Application submission. The electronic application system (portal) is a result of a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) project aimed to provide better customer experience in applying to SLRP as well as to improve program efficiency in awarding applicants. Approximately 246 sites are successfully registered and 105 provider applications are submitted through the portal in 2018.
March 9th, 2018
Based on a legal review, ADHS implements changes to its procedures with the aim of bolstering the legally-mandated privacy protection of patients at ASH. The hospital provides the highest level of safe, effective, and compassionate psychiatric care for the most vulnerable mental health patients in the state.
March 12-13th, 2018
The HIV Symposium is a multi-track HIV education event collaboratively presented by the HIV Prevention and Ryan White Part B Program of ADHS, and the Maricopa County Ryan White Part A Program. Sessions highlight innovative HIV efforts in Arizona, as well as nationally recognized initiatives. More than 330 people attend the event.
March 26th, 2018
The 2nd Annual Arizona Extreme Heat Planning Workshop is held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The workshop is made possible through a collaborative effort between ADHS, the National Weather Service and Arizona State University and convenes representatives from organizations and departments who are on the frontlines of addressing extreme heat statewide. The goal is to better connect the various organizations that help mitigate the impacts of extreme heat and illuminates barriers to ensuring that Arizonans are safe during the summer heat.
April 2-8th, 2018
ADHS celebrates National Public Health Week (NPHW) to recognize the contributions of the public health workforce and highlight issues important to improving the health of Arizonans. In recognition of all of Arizona's public health achievements, Governor Doug Ducey proclaims this week Public Health Week in Arizona. Every day during NPHW, ADHS teams are acknowledged for their work to keep our communities and families healthy.
April 13th, 2018
ADHS hosts interns from the legislature to teach them more about the Arizona State Hospital and behavioral health services throughout the state. The interns take a tour through the different campuses of ASH.
April 16th, 2018
The CDC recognizes ADHS for our public health preparedness, demonstrating the work of our public health preparedness programs. Arizona continues to stand out for emergency operations coordination and public health laboratory testing, in addition to numerous other capabilities that we maintain and enhance.
April 18-19th, 2018
ADHS hosts the 25th annual Immunization Conference. The 2-day conference includes well over 400 attendees and consists of national and local immunization experts sharing plenary and breakout sessions. This annual conference is always sought out as it provides so much immunization information that is useful to medical assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals.
April 26th, 2018
The Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, Senate Bill 1001, goes into effect. Provisions include continuing education requirements for health care providers, a 5-day limit for first fills of new opioid prescriptions, and additional funding for treatment.
May 9th, 2018
We love our employees! Governor Doug Ducey declares May 9 as Arizona State Employee Recognition Day and the ADHS leadership and Employee Recognition Committee celebrate our amazing workforce and proclaim "ADHS Employees Rock!"
May 5th, 2018
ADHS holds its annual “Be SunWise & Play Sun Smart Skin Cancer Prevention Student Poster Contest” in partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks to teach children sun safety behaviors at an early age and facilitate skin cancer awareness and prevention.
May 23, 2018
The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program recognizes ADHS for wellness programs - from wellness classes to breastfeeding support for new moms - that make our department a healthier place to work. Over 100 Arizona employers are recognized through different award levels for their commitment to building healthy worksites.
May 23-24th, 2018
The two-day summit brings Arizona hospitals and long-term care facilities together to learn new evidence-based practices in preventing infections and reducing harm. This training event provides education to infection preventionists and other healthcare personnel on the key concepts and basic principles for infection prevention, harm reduction, communication, and evidence-based interventions to mitigate risk within healthcare facilities.
May 29th, 2018
After completion of all requirements of the emergency declaration order, the Opioid Action Plan, and the implementation of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, Governor Doug Ducey officially calls an end to the formal declaration of emergency. Arizona’s commitment to addressing the epidemic remains unwavering.
May 30th, 2018
During the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security hearing, ADHS provides testimony on Arizona’s response to the opioid epidemic which gained national attention.
June 6th, 2018
Governor Doug Ducey presents ADHS with the first-ever Governor’s Impact Award for leading the statewide response to the Opioid Epidemic Public Health Emergency and implementing the Opioid Action Plan.
June 6-8th, 2018
The Annual Students Taking a New Direction (STAND) Summer Conference/Training provides education on cultural competency, e-cigarettes and vaping, leadership skill training to 164 attendees. The conference highlights the message “Don’t Risk Your Life - Be Tobacco Free!”
June 14th, 2018
ADHS engages with our partners in Sonora, Mexico to expand coordination on cross-border health initiatives ensuring continuity of care for individuals. The collaboration ensures improved health outcomes for individuals emigrating to Mexico.
June 21, 2018
ADHS partners with stakeholders to provide a day-long educational session for end-stage renal dialysis (ESRD) providers in Arizona. The theme of the conference is centered on patient engagement. Approximately 211 participants learn about data-driven opportunities to improve dialysis services in Arizona and share best practices in quality management, infection prevention, and emergency preparedness.
This report is provided as required by A.R.S. § 36-137
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