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Monsoon Food Safety

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Monsoon Food Safety

With the monsoon comes an increase in foodborne illnesses in Arizona.  While outdoor pool parties, barbeques, and family gatherings are cool, it’s important to remember some tips for handling food safely to protect your family and guests from a nasty bout of foodborne illnesses.  According to the CDC, reducing foodborne illness by just 10% would keep 5 million Americans from getting sick each year.

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Scorpion Alert!

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An AZ Monsoon Staple: the Scorpion

Arizona has more than 56 species of scorpions- but the bark scorpion is the biggest.   The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center and Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug Information Center answer thousands of calls every year about scorpion stings- last year they recorded 10,000 scorpion stings in AZ.  Each year there are about 200 kids in Arizona that need intensive medical treatment.

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ROI Calculator

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New Return on Investment Calculator

HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality just released the Asthma Return-on-Investment (ROI) Calculator for exploring potential financial returns from quality improvement and disease management programs for populations diagnosed with asthma. The tool provides estimates based on an analysis of 52 research studies on improving asthma care and what those studies imply for cost savings.

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National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (#NIAM14). TAPI has created a shortened toolkit that is designed to help you communicate the importance of immunizations during this annual observance – and throughout the yearThe full toolkit contains key messages, vaccine information, sample news releases and articles, sample social media messages and links to web resources from CDC and other organizations and is found at www.nphic.org/niam.

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Vision and Hearing Expo

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Are you or someone you know experiencing vision loss or a combined vision and hearing loss?  Are you looking for information or help with your vision problem or vision/hearing problem?

Then, mark your calendar for November 7, 2014, for the Vision Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Expo (VRATE) at the Phoenix Convention Center in the South Building located at 33 South 3rd Street from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There will be about 20 speakers and 50 exhibitors presenting information and products that will be of great interest to you. There is NO COST to attend this event.

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LabCorp Notification

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LabCorp Update

Bridgeway Health Solutions (Bridgeway) is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp).  This will allow LabCorp to continue to provide quality lab services and coverage to our members. There will be no gap in LabCorp’s status as an in-network provider. Bridgeway  heard your concerns and ultimately was able to reach agreement with LabCorp.  We appreciate your patience through this matter.

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New WHO Polio Vaccination Requirement for Travelers

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On May 5, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) accepted the recommendations of an Emergency Committee, declaring the international spread of polio to be a public health emergency of international concern and issued vaccination requirements for travelers in order to prevent further spread of the disease.

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VFC Program Information

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The 2014 VFC enrollment documents are now available at the link below.  The VFC program will not be sending these document by U.S. mail. 

Attached to this email, you will find important Information regarding the 2014 re-enrollment process. Once you have read the attached information, please click on the following link to be taken to the Arizona Department of Health Services, VFC 2014 Enrollment webpage to access re-enrollment documents http://azdhs.gov/phs/immunization/documents/vaccines-for-children/2014-az-vfc-provider-enrollment-information.pdf.  Please read the attached document carefully before beginning the processIt includes information on the following topics:

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