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...

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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2019 Rural Flu Clinics

The Board of Supervisors encourage you to take advantage of the flu shots being offered in your community. See flyer for dates and locations.

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YCCHS Offers Walk-In Wednesdays for Back to School Immunizations

Beginning June 5th, YCCHS has arranged “Walk-In Wednesdays” for parents to bring their children in for back-to-school shots at their public health locations.  The last two weeks of July before school begins, the walk-in schedule expands to offer a one-stop shop with sports physicals offered at the same time. Read more

Measles and Vaccine Hesitance

This year’s measles outbreak is the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Elimination meant the measles virus was no longer circulating in the U.S. Each year after 2000, a few cases arrived from overseas, either in immigrants or returning tourists, but each outbreak was snuffed out.

Vaccines are one of the most effective tools available for the prevention of childhood diseases, they are safe and do not cause autism.
If your child needs to be vaccinated, please contact YCCHS to make an appointment at 771-3122. Our department accepts health insurance, and through the Vaccines for Children program, a federally funded program, YCCHS provides no-cost vaccines to children through 18 years of age who lack health insurance or who otherwise cannot afford the cost of the vaccination.

To help keep your child(ren) safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized. This not only protects your family, but also helps prevent the spread of these diseases to your friends and loved ones. Immunizations can save your family time and money.

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County Health Rankings Report for 2019 Released

Yavapai County was ranked #1 in health factors which looks at areas that affect people’s health within four categories including: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. Leslie Horton, Director of Yavapai County Community Health Services says, “Although we still have work to do to improve the health of all citizens living in Yavapai County, I’m excited to be at the top of the charts for health factors and encourage everyone to enjoy our beautiful outdoor recreational opportunities.”

Areas of strength are our low percentage of adults reporting physical inactivity, lower number of cases on STIs, an increased high school graduation rate, and clean air. Areas of concern are the percentage of adults who are current smokers, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance, and the high rate of deaths due to injury.

Yavapai County ranked sixth among Arizona’s 15 counties in the health outcome category. Health outcomes were measured by the average life expectancy (78.7), the percent of people who report being in fair or poor health, the numbers of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of low-birth weight infants.

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Food Worker Training in Prescott Valley Canceled for Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Please see other dates and times to attend Food Worker Training.  

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Measles in Arizona

More cases of measles could soon emerge in Arizona, state officials said two days after the state confirmed its first case of 2019 in Pima County. Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona Department of Health Services director, said the agency is still probing whether the 1-year-old child who contracted the disease exposed others to measles. The baby’s family recently brought the infant on a trip to Asia, according to Azcentral.com. “We likely will start seeing the next round of cases—it's usually about 14-to-21 days—so I believe that [health officials] are looking at the onset at the beginning of March,” Christ said. While Christ said she wasn’t “particularly concerned” that vaccinated people would get sick, given the vaccine’s 97-percent prevention rate, unvaccinated people who come in contact with measles have a 90 percent chance of infection.

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Nominations Open for the 2019 Yavapai Healthy School Award!

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

If so, now’s your chance to give that school a little recognition by nominating that school for the Yavapai Healthy School Award. Nominations will be open January 15 - February 15th, 2019 on the Yavapai Healthy Schools website.  Absolutely anyone may nominate a worthy school. Simply visit YavapaiHealthySchools.com and take five minutes to share who you believe is deserving of the Yavapai Healthy School Award and why. Schools must be within Yavapai County to be eligible.

All nominated schools will be notified in mid-February and top nominated schools will be invited to apply for the Yavapai Healthy Schools Award. Winners will be announced April 15, 2019.

Past winners of this award are Beaver Creek Elementary School in 2017, and Coyote Springs Elementary in 2018.

The Yavapai Healthy Schools (YHS) Coalition was created to empower teachers, staff and students in making healthy choices.  YHS Coalition is a partnership of over twenty county partners who work to promote healthy living in our county schools.

 

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Yavapai County Health Code & Ordinance

Yavapai County Health Code & Ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors 9/5/18 - effective 1/1/2019

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Leslie Horton

Director

Appointed 2017
Yavapai County Community Health Services' logo
1090 Commerce Drive
Prescott, AZ 86305
(928) 771-3122

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

  • Display a Positive Attitude
  • 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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