Department of Health Services

Aug 25, 2023

Cook becomes Freedom Caucus spoiler

House and Senate Freedom Caucus members started the legislative session with Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs as their prime nemesis, but soon found a new foe in a rural Republican.

DINO, Hobbs, family leave, state employees
Aug 25, 2023

Republicans celebrate new anti-Hobbs committee

This session, a new committee designed to vet Gov. Katie Hobbs’ nominees to lead various offices drew outrage from Democrats and was applauded as an effective strategy by Republicans.

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.

Hobbs, Lake, election contest, court
May 1, 2023

Hobbs still mum on what she wants changed to sign new home-cooked foods bill

Nearly two weeks after vetoing a widely popular bill to expand the sale of home-cooked foods, Gov. Katie Hobbs still won't say what she wants changed in order to get her to sign a new version.

cottage food industry, Hobbs, tamales, Senate, House, legislation, commercial kitchens, home-based businesses
Apr 14, 2023

House passes bill to expand laws allowing sale of ‘cottage foods’ to public

With only 11 dissenting votes, the state House approved legislation Thursday to expand state laws that allow the sale of "cottage foods'' to the general public.

Hobbs, 100 days, legislature, affordable housing, prison reform, Hoffman
Apr 12, 2023

Vetoes define first 100 days of Hobbs’ term

A few weeks into her tenure as Arizona’s top public official, Gov. Katie Hobbs took heat from critics over a handful of executive orders she’d issued – efforts to tackle discriminatory hiring practices and create new task forces to address her policy priorities, like prison reform.

Democrats, Republicans, Hobbs, bipartisan
Feb 20, 2023

Senate Republicans won’t consider ‘evasive’ Hobbs nominees 

A Senate committee charged with reviewing gubernatorial nominees held a candidate from consideration on Monday and pledged to hold all future nominees who don’t clearly answer questions after a lengthy questioning process frustrated committee Republicans.  

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Feb 14, 2023

Senate rejects Hobbs’ DHS nominee 

The Senate voted Tuesday to reject Gov. Katie Hobbs’ nomination of Dr. Theresa Cullen to serve as the director of the Department of Health Services, though Hobbs tried to withdraw the nomination before the vote. 

Covid, vaccines, vaccinations, Arizona, measles, mumps, pediatricians, University of Arizona, Department of Health Services, National Library of Medicine,
Dec 28, 2022

Arizona’s falling vaccination rates could lead to serious health issues in future

Vaccination rates among schoolchildren in Arizona have steadily declined since 2012, but the Covid pandemic accelerated the drop across the state. The trend is unlikely to reverse any time soon, which could result in serious health consequences for Arizonans in the future, experts fear.

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Dec 9, 2022

Phoenix nursery provides model solution for newborns exposed to opioids

In central Phoenix, Hushabye Nursery is home to babies born withdrawing from addictive substances they were exposed to in the womb. Across the country, cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome increased a startling 82% from 2010 to 2017, research shows. In Arizona, these cases increased 41% from 2017 to 2021.

Nov 23, 2022

Report: Most adolescent suicides caused by firearms

Health officials in Arizona recently reported firearms have become the top cause of adolescent suicides, passing strangulation-related deaths in 2021. 

abortion, Arizona Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, personhood, fetus, Miranda, 15 weeks, fetal abnormality, pregnancy, fathers, women, doctors, ACLU
Oct 25, 2022

Pro-life Dems throw wrench in party plans and contradict campaign messaging

Two pro-life Democrats are contradicting the party’s message that voting for the Democratic ticket means protecting abortion from statewide bans.