Disease Control

Is Monkeypox Reportable in Arizona?

Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research, hence the name ‘monkeypox.’ The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a period of intensified effort to eliminate smallpox. Monkeypox Background Monkeypox cases in people have occurred outside of Africa linked to international travel or imported animals, including cases in

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Disease Control

Arizona’s Influenza Epi Curve Has a Double Peak for the First Time Since 2009

I was looking at the latest Influenza Surveillance Report the other day and noticed that Arizona’s influenza epi curve has a double peak, which is very unusual. I went into the archive reports and discovered that this is the first time since 2009 with a double-peak epi curve. The double peak epi curve in ’09 was of course because of the H1N1 influenza pandemic which arrived late in the flu season and caused

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AzPHA Breakfast & Learns

Webinar Update from the Field- Prevention & Treatment of Substance Use In Arizona: AHCCCS’ Action Plan

Friday, May 27, 2022   9-10am AZ Time Session Summary This important AzPHA Breakfast & Learn will highlight Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System’ (AHCCCS) grant funded programming to improve access to services for individuals who experience substance use disorder. We will also cover prevention activities underway among Medicaid members to reduce the prevalence of substance use disorder and drug-involved overdose deaths for Arizonans.  View the Webinar Hazel Alvarenga (she/her) is Deputy Assistant

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Firearm Safety

There Are Well-Established Evidence-Based Solutions to Preventing Firearm Violence

We Just Need Our State & Federal Elected Officials to Care Enough to Implement Them Like all of you, I watched and read about last week’s mass shooting with horror. Most Americans watched this recurring tragedy and said: “we need to do something”. In fact, there’s majority support for evidence-based interventions like universal background checks, Red Flag laws, a higher age requirement to buy firearms, and bans on semi-automatic assault

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Air Quality

Are Federally Funded Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Arizona Highway Rest Areas?

It Depends on ADOT’s Leadership Team The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) – (aka the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill) has $5 billion in funding for states to add electric vehicle charging stations (in a funding formula) and an additional $2.5B in competitive grants. Because ‘range anxiety’ is a big consumer barrier for buying an electric car, the state funding formula focuses on adding charging stations to the interstate highway system in

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Early Childhood

Legislative Roundup: Ducey Signs Two More Harmful Preemption Bills

As expected, the legislature passed two harmful bills last week on a party-line vote & Ducey promptly signed both. HB2453 prohibits the state or any political subdivision from requiring people to wear a mask on their premises. There’s an exemption for places like Valleywise Health. This law will be quite harmful if it’s not repealed before the next time we have an outbreak of an airborne illness. He also promptly signed HB2086 which will

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