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Saturday, July 21, 2018

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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
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  • 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.
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