CHANGE TO TB TESTING SCHEDULE

COTTONWOOD: June 28, 2019 through July 8, 2019 Cottonwood TB tests will be on Mondays.
PRESCOTT VALLEY: July 1, 2019 and July 8, 2019 Prescott Valley TB tests will be on Mondays.
Prescott WILL NOT OFFER TB tests July 2, 2019 nor July 9, 2019.

  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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  YCCHS Scheduled Rural Flu Clinics

With autumn just ahead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging consumers to plan to get their flu vaccination early this year. Arizona Department of Health Services reports there have already been 12 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in the past two weeks, from five counties. This is similar to the same time last year.

In the wake of last year’s particularly severe flu season, health officials are stressing the importance of getting a flu shot in the hope that the 2018-2019 flu season won’t be as deadly. The CDC notes that 180 children died from the flu during last year’s flu season; approximately 4 out of five of those children weren’t vaccinated. It was reported that over 700,000 people were hospitalized with flu symptoms last season.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination every year. The flu shot is approved for use in people 6 months of age and older, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.

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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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Yavapai County Health Code & Ordinance

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

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  Notification of Food Code Changes

Notice is given that the Yavapai County Community Health Services is recommending to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors (BOS) an update to the currently adopted Yavapai County Health Code & Ordinance to be made effective January 1st 2019.  The courtesy presentation to the BOS will be on August 15, 2018 at 10 S. 6th St. Cottonwood 86323 at 9:00 AM.  The formal hearing will be on September 5, 2018 at 1015 Fair St. Prescott 86305 at 9:00 AM.   The Yavapai County Health Code describes the legislative authority delegated by the State of Arizona to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, by way of the county health department, to administer establishment licensing procedures; plan reviews (building and operating); requirements which may include beverages, mobile food establishments, catering and food processors; and Food Worker and Management certification and requirements. The last revision of this Health Code occurred in 2016. The changes made in this current version of the Health Code are described in summaries of proposed revisions, which can be obtained online by going to yavapai.us/chs or by calling 928-771-3149 in the Prescott area or 928-639-8138 in the Verde Valley. At this time, we feel that these changes bring the Yavapai County Health Code & Ordinance up to a suitable standard for our industry of food safety and public health protection.  This will include the 2017 FDA Model Food Code.

Summary of Food Code Changes follow:

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  Notification of Health Code Changes

Notice is given that the Yavapai County Community Health Services is recommending to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors (BOS) an update to the currently adopted Yavapai County Health Code & Ordinance to be made effective January 1st 2019.  The courtesy presentation to the BOS will be on August 15, 2018 at 10 S. 6th St. Cottonwood 86323 at 9:00 AM.  The formal hearing will be on September 5, 2018 at 1015 Fair St. Prescott 86305 at 9:00 AM.   The Yavapai County Health Code describes the legislative authority delegated by the State of Arizona to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, by way of the county health department, to administer establishment licensing procedures; plan reviews (building and operating); requirements which may include beverages, mobile food establishments, catering and food processors; and Food Worker and Management certification and requirements. The last revision of this Health Code occurred in 2016. The changes made in this current version of the Health Code are described in summaries of proposed revisions, which can be obtained online by going to yavapai.us/chs or by calling 928-771-3149 in the Prescott area or 928-639-8138 in the Verde Valley. At this time, we feel that these changes bring the Yavapai County Health Code & Ordinance up to a suitable standard for our industry of food safety and public health protection.  This will include the 2017 FDA Model Food Code.

A summary of changes to the Health Code follow:

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Excessive Heat Warning

Yavapai County Emergency Management and the Yavapai County Community Health Services urges residents to take the necessary steps to prepare and stay cool as temperatures in the lower parts of the county approach 105+ this week. Temperatures this high can put people at risk for heat-related injuries or medical complications, especially if they are young, elderly, or have underlying medical conditions such as heart disease.

If you are not able to keep your residence cool, you should consider leaving your home for the day and staying with a friend, or head to a building that is air-conditioned until temperatures drop in the evening. Emergency Management and the Yavapai County Community Health Services, encourages everyone to share this information with others and to check on their neighbors, especially those who are elderly and live alone.

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  What is Valley Fever?

Valley fever is caused by breathing airborne fungal spores, called Coccidioides, or cocci, found in Arizona soil.  With the recent Haboobs in PHX, there is more concern about valley fever – haboobs may kick up a lot of dust, but they typically last only a few hours, whereas spores of the valley fever fungus are in the air day in and day out.  So the real risk is living in or traveling to areas like Phoenix where the spores are consistently present.  This year, in Yavapai County 25 people have had symptoms and were tested for valley fever.

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  Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

The long, hot days of summer can bring dangerously high temperatures.  Here are steps people can follow to stay safe when it’s hot outside.

You can prepare for extreme heat by:

  • Stocking up on food, water and medicines so you don’t have to go out in the heat. Visit your doctor to check if changes are needed to your medicines during extreme heat.
  • Storing medicines safely at the recommended temperature.
  • Checking that your fan or air-conditioner works well. Have your air-conditioner serviced if necessary.
  • Looking at the things you can do to make your home cooler such as installing window coverings, shade cloths or external blinds on the sides of the house facing the sun.
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  Walk-in Clinics for Back to School Immunizations and Sports Physicals at YCCHS

You might feel like summer vacation just started, but Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS)
is urging parents to start thinking about back-to-school vaccinations now. YCCHS has arranged a
convenient schedule for parents to bring their children in for back-to-school shots at each of their public
health locations before school begins in August. And this year, we are offering sports physicals at the same
time!

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Kick Off Grilling Season with Food Safety

For many Americans, the summer grilling and travel season begins this upcoming weekend. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to make sure you and your family avoid food poisoning this summer. An estimated 128,000 Americans are hospitalized with food poisoning each year, but foodborne illnesses can be prevented during summer months by properly handling perishable foods during travel, and by using a food thermometer when grilling.

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  Firewise Reminders

Arizona is very dry and we are continuously having days of high winds and low humidity. We would like to ask for your help in sharing these reminders. It is up to us and our visitors to stay safe and do what we can to reduce wildfire danger.

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  Coyote Springs Elementary School Awarded Yavapai County Healthy School Designation for 2018

On April 16, the Yavapai Healthy School (YHS) Coalition presented their top honor of Yavapai Healthy School of-the-year to Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley.  Yavapai County Health Department’s Carol Lewis, Suzie Delgado and Rachel Mills presented Principal Candice Stump with the award. Superintendent Dan Streeter was also present to accept the award on behalf of Humboldt Unified School District. Congratulations Coyotes! 

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  2017 Golden Plate Awards Announced

241 Yavapai County food establishments have earned the 2017 Golden Plate Award. This is the thirteenth year of the award, and to be eligible, an owner or operator needed to meet three criteria:

1)  Operate throughout the entire calendar year 2017 without a cited critical 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 throughout the year.

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  News from Arizona Department of Health regarding the FLU

Flu Widespread with Highest Number of Seasonal Cases Ever Reported by December
ADHS Public Health Officials Encourage Everyone to Get Vaccinated: PHOENIX - Flu is widespread in Arizona with 2,629 more cases reported than this time last year, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced today. As of Dec. 20, there have been 2,976 cases of flu reported compared to 347 for the same time period in 2016, which is a 758 percent increase in flu activity.

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  eWIC Makes it Easier for Families to Get Healthy Foods

The Arizona Department of Health Services has completed a multi-year effort to launch an electronic system called eWIC that replaces paper checks with a card for families that participate in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. WIC families can also download the EzWIC app for Apple and Android devices. This app will allow them to search the WIC Food List, scan items in the store to see if they are WIC-approved, and check their current benefit balance.

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October is Healthy Lung Month

October is Healthy Lung Month, so this is a perfect chance to talk about some household toxins that could have a negative impact on lung health. Such substances include asbestos, radon, arsenic, and carbon monoxide. Since they are commonly found inside homes, it is imperative that you know how they can affect your health, and what you can do to lower your risk.

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Living with Chronic Pain? Check out this Free "Healthy Living with Chronic Pain" Workshop

Prepare for the holidays by making sure you feel good this Fall. Yavapai Community Health Services (YCCHS) is offering a free 6-week Healthy Living with Chronic Pain Workshop beginning next week. Workshops are facilitated by two trained facilitators, one or both of whom have a chronic pain themselves. This fun, interactive workshop will offer a variety of different activities and provide tools to improve your quality of life.
Topics covered include:

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  Yes, Flu Season is a Thing.

With flu season right around the corner, U.S. health officials are urging everyone to get their flu shot now so they'll be protected from the potentially serious complications of influenza. Yavapai County Community Health Services has received their shipments of the ’17-’18 flu vaccine and they are ready to schedule appointments now. The flu season for 2017-2018 is expected to run from October 2017 through May 2018 with the peak four-month period being December through March.

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  YCCHS Releases the 2017 Community Health Assessment

We are pleased to present the 2017 Community Health Assessment. Check out the full document on our Community Health Resources page!

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Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshop in Yarnell

The Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshop will help you take control of your Diabetes rather than letting it control you!
This fun, interactive 6-week workshop, will offer a variety of different activities and tools to improve your quality of life.
Anyone with diabetes, pre-diabetes, caregivers and loved ones of people with diabetes are welcomed.

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  Yavapai County WIC Awarded for Outstanding Breastfeeding Support

Yavapai County WIC is one of six Agencies in the United States and U.S. Territories to be awarded the Gold Premier Award from Loving Support©. Yavapai County Community Health Services was the only agency in Arizona to qualify for this award, along with agencies in California, Washington and Idaho. Loving Support© Makes Breastfeeding Work is the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) national breastfeeding promotion and support campaign. Education, training and outreach materials are provided for staff of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

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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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