Mission Statement

Yavapai County Community Health Services will provide leadership, information, and services that contribute to improving the health and well-being of Yavapai County residents.

Vision

Yavapai County residents will have the opportunity to optimize their health and well-being.

In the News...

National Levels of Flu-Like Illness Remain High

According to CDC’s latest FluView report (Feb 2 – 8), national levels of flu-like illness remain high and are expected to remain elevated for weeks to come. CDC estimates that so far this season, there have been at least 26 million flu illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths from flu.

Arizona has experienced 20,046 confirmed cases, and Yavapai County has 337 cases.

What should you do if you get sick?

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2019 Golden Plate Awards Announced

205 Yavapai County food establishments have earned the 2019 Golden Plate Award. This is the fifteenth year of the award, and to
be eligible, an owner or operator needed to meet three criteria:

1) Operate throughout the entire calendar year 2019 without a cited food handling violation.
2) Have an approved and implemented food safety plan.
3) Have a person-in-charge with an accepted and current manager-level food safety certificate through-out the year.

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Public Health Officials continue to monitor novel Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state and local health officials, continues to monitor an outbreak of the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a respiratory illness originating in Wuhan, China. Yavapai County Health and Human Services (YCHS) is working closely with partner organizations to coordinate surveillance and public health messaging regarding the virus. 

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Coronavirus Cases in the US

The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China which continues to expand.

In the United States, one case was confirmed in Washington on Tuesday after a man in his 30s returned from Wuhan last week and became ill.  A second case of coronavirus was confirmed today in Chicago, a woman who traveled to Wuhan in late December and returned Jan. 13.  Officials say the woman is doing well and she’s stable.

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Nominations Now Open for 2020 Yavapai Healthy School Award

Do you know of a school in Yavapai County going above-and-beyond to meet the health and wellness needs of their students?  A school that strives for best parctices in school wellness policy, nutrition, worksite wellness, emotional, mental and physical health and caring for the whole student?

If so, now is your chance to give that school a little recognition by nominating the school for the Yavapai Healthy School Award.  Nominations are open now through February 15th on the Yavapai Health Schools website:  www.yavapaihealthyschools.com

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Flu Activity is Widespread

Flu activity is now widespread in 48 states, including Arizona. Arizona has had 6,816 confirmed cases, and Yavapai County has had 84 confirmed cases. Compared to last year, this season seems to be affecting young people more prevalently – the 5-18-year-old age group is almost double, while age 50+ is half to a quarter of last year.

Here's what to do if you or someone you're caring for gets sick:

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YCCHS Releases Community Data Dashboard

Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) has the proud distinction of serving Yavapai residents to create the greatest possible opportunity for health for all our residents. From Black Canyon City to Seligman, Sedona to Congress, we serve a wide range of neighborhoods and communities, all with unique opportunities and challenges to health. This dashboard provides key data and information about those challenges and opportunities.

Check out the dashboard to see how the team at Yavapai is building momentum around a shared community narrative and demonstrating the importance of Public Health Departments.

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Yavapai County Medical Examiner Joins the Fight Against Drug Overdoses

The ME’s office will begin sending a courtesy communication to inform prescribers of the death of a patient where prescription drugs may have contributed to the cause of death, along with evidence-based interventions and resources to assist prescribers with the challenges of balancing the potential harm and benefit of controlled medication for their patients. 

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It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

Although the flu season is off to a quiet start in Yavapai County (with only 3 cases), the flu activity has picked up in other areas of the state.  Mohave County seeing the largest spike in cases, particularly in young people under 18.  The CDC surveillance report for week ending November 9th shows California with widespread activity and Nevada isn’t far behind.

During fall and winter each year there's a new season of human influenza viruses, which is different than the common cold.  The influenza virus infection causes the flu and usually comes on suddenly. 

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What's New this Flu Season?

On Sept. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases officially kicked off campaigns to encourage people to get their annual flu vaccinations. A stronger-than-average vaccination rate is needed for what is predicted to be a challenging season, experts said.

To gain insight on the upcoming U.S. flu season, health officials look to the Southern Hemisphere, where winter and flu season occurs earlier. In Australia, the recent flu season was severe, eclipsing 2017-2018, the country’s previous worst season on record. That season also set records in the U.S., with an estimated 79,000 deaths.  Flu activity also spiked earlier than usual in Australia this season.

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Leslie Horton

Leslie Horton

Director

Appointed 2017
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Guiding Principles

  • We serve the residents and visitors of Yavapai County by being effective stewards of taxpayer driven resources.
  • We promote and protect healthy communities through prevention and the provision of quality services and programs.
  • We collaborate with partners across the continuum in order to improve quality of life.
  • We align resources to achieve positive outcomes and hold ourselves accountable for achieving results.

Values

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  • Take Ownership and Be Accountable
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Honor and Respect Diversity
  • Respect and Be Sensitive to Client Privacy
  • Foster and Support Innovation
  • Commitment to Co-Workers
  • Be Courteous and Practice Established Etiquette
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