Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

Cara M. Christ, MD, Director Arizona Department of Health Services

Healthy Kids AZ: A Free App for School Nurses and Childcare Staff

By | August 23rd, 2017|Preparedness|

Last year, our Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control launched its first mobile app for infectious diseases, the AZ infectious Disease Resource (IDAZ). We’re thrilled to announce that our mobile app team has partnered up with the Office of Injury Prevention to develop the second public health focused app, Healthy Kids AZ!   Healthy Kids AZ is a mobile app that [...]

New Report on States’ Opioid Related Policies

By | August 22nd, 2017|Prevention|

When Governor Doug Ducey declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the Arizona Department of Health Services quickly activated a team of folks from throughout our Department to help staff the response.  One of the tasks I gave the team was to research what other states are doing to reduce opioid deaths.  Our team looked at [...]

ADHS Seek Members for State Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team

By | August 18th, 2017|Prevention|

This last session, the Legislature passed HB 2493, which establishes a new drug overdose mortality review process within the Arizona Department of Health Services. The new program will result in much more robust information on the circumstances surrounding all drug overdose deaths, identify preventable factors, and inform actions and policies to reduce future overdose deaths. [...]

Yavapai County WIC Program Receives USDA Loving Support Gold Premier Award

By | August 17th, 2017|Prevention|

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that the Yavapai County WIC Program was one of just six WIC Local Agencies throughout the United States to receive the Loving Support Gold Premier Award for providing exemplary breastfeeding services. The USDA Loving Support Award recognizes WIC Local Agencies operating a peer counseling program which [...]

Fungal Disease Awareness Week is Here

By | August 16th, 2017|Preparedness|

The first Fungal Disease Awareness Week is taking place from August 14 through 18. This week was organized by the CDC and partners in order to raise awareness about fungal diseases. Although there are many types of fungal diseases that occur in the U.S., there is one that stands out above the rest in Arizona. [...]

Opioid Update: Governor Ducey Extends Executive Order for Increased Reporting

By | August 15th, 2017|Prevention|

Last week Governor Doug Ducey extended the executive order for increased reporting of opioid-related data by renewing his recent. The order, originally issued on June 13, allows state health officials to obtain critical information within 24-hours of an opioid-related overdose or the identification of a baby with drug withdrawal symptoms. This data is a vital [...]

Protecting People and Pets against Plague in Arizona

By | August 14th, 2017|Preparedness|

Summertime in Arizona can bring outdoor fun for people and their pets, but also a risk for exposure to diseases, such as plague. Plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, and usually circulates between fleas and wild rodents, including prairie dogs. People and animals can be exposed to plague by handling blood or tissues [...]

Arizona Cancer Programs Secure Increased Funding for the State

By | August 10th, 2017|Preparedness, Prevention|

The Arizona Cancer Registry and Office of Cancer Prevention and Control received good news last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – their grant application was approved for a total of $3,930,027 per year for the next five years.  This represents a 13.5% increase in funds of $466,909 per year.  The [...]

Newborn Screening Program Adds SCID Testing to Program Today

By | August 9th, 2017|Newborn Screening|

The State Public Health Lab Newborn Screening Program started testing for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) syndrome on August 9. SCID is the name for a group of inherited disorders that cause babies to be born without a working immune system, putting them at risk for getting serious infections and death. Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation [...]

Opioid Update: Blood Screening, Grant Funding and Emergency Rule for Licensed Facilities

By | August 7th, 2017|Prevention|

We continue to make steady progress in addressing the statewide opioid epidemic. Last week we expanded blood screening at the State Public Health Lab, announced a $505,104 grant award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and issued emergency rules for licensed healthcare facilities. The State Public Health Lab is now screening blood samples [...]