Arizona Department of Health Services

Covid, workers' compensation, Court of Appeals,
Sep 13, 2023

Updated Covid vaccine OK’d, experts urge people to roll up their sleeves

Federal officials Tuesday approved an updated Covid vaccine for use by anyone age 6 months or older, and health officials are urging people to get the shot amid a fall surge in cases.

transgender girls, sports, Petersen, Toma, lawsuit, students, judge, birth certificates
Aug 11, 2023

Judge will let children sue on behalf of transgender people tied to birth certificates

A federal judge will allow several children to sue on behalf of all transgender people born in Arizona to force the state to change the gender on their birth certificates.

students' mental health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, social-emotional learning, Mental Health America’s Youth Ranking
Jul 27, 2023

Grant addresses students’ mental health issues

Nikki Kontz, clinical director at Teen Lifeline, a crisis hotline and suicide prevention education provider, became a peer counselor after she lost a friend to suicide in high school. And 29 years later, as she oversees the program she started in, Kontz continues to emphasize the enduring importance of creating strong networks of support in schools, involving peers, teachers, counselors and admini[...]

birth control, pharmacy, Hobbs
Jul 5, 2023

Women can obtain birth control pills from pharmacist starting this week with some conditions

It's official: Women in Arizona can now walk into a pharmacy and get birth control pills. Ditto hormonal rings and patches.

Jul 5, 2023

Arizona Health Services: most pregnancy-related deaths preventable

Nearly half of Arizona’s pregnancy related deaths in 2022 were tied to mental health or substance use disorders, with 98% deemed preventable, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. And communities of color and rural communities see disparate effects and a lack of perinatal care.

abortion, Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood, Supreme Court, Dobbs v. Jackson, Mayes, Mitchell, county attorneys
Jun 26, 2023

A year later, uncertainty from Dobbs lingers over Arizona abortion care

The clinics are open, the law is clearer and the number of Arizona abortions is climbing back to levels of one year ago, before the Supreme Court up-ended 50 years of law and reversed the constitutional right to an abortion.

Covid, workers' compensation, Court of Appeals,
May 25, 2023

Panelists make outrageous claims in conservative Covid committee 

Conservative lawmakers hosted a panel today with speakers who claim that the federal government intentionally lied and mishandled Covid, that hospitals intentionally killed people, and made statements that medical professionals say are untrue. 

opioids, State Opioid Response, Arizona Department of Health Services, opioid overdose,
May 15, 2023

AZ makes significant strides in opioid crisis 

More than five people in Arizona die each day from opioid overdose, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. To address the crisis, state administrators, behavioral health providers, prevention specialists, educators and researchers have made remarkable progress.

Covid, Senate, House, committee, Shamp
May 5, 2023

GOP Covid panel to hold people ‘accountable’

A new committee run by Republicans who are critical of how Covid was managed will convene this month and hold unspecified people “accountable” for their role in the pandemic, but members haven't said how that will be done.  

Covid, Arizona Department of Health Services, mobile clinics
Apr 24, 2023

Have health needs, will travel: ADHS delivers vaccines, tests to underserved communities

Even as Covid levels decline, the Arizona health department continues to deliver tests, vaccinations and other medical services to underserved, low-income communities across the state, according to health-equity officials.

Hobbs, veto, veto override, cottage foods
Apr 20, 2023

Lawmakers frustrated over food bill veto, but will it lead to override?

Will Democrats in the Legislature vote to override a veto by a Democratic governor?

American Express, tree planting, Legislature, Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix
Apr 10, 2023

Cities, businesses, activists launch tree-planting measures, legislature slow to act

Arizona cities, environmental advocates and businesses are teaming up to combat extreme heat by launching a variety of tree-planting initiatives, while the state Legislature has been slow to act on this issue.