Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

Tips for Visiting Friends and Loved Ones in Long-term Care and Assisted Living Facilities During the Holidays

By | November 21st, 2017|Licensing|

During the holiday season our thoughts often turn to visiting friends or loved ones in long-term care and assisted living facilities. The visits, while strongly recommended by those involved in health care and aging, are sometimes very emotional. We recommend that Arizonans who visit relatives or friends during the holidays should first plan ahead to [...]

Join the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge

By | November 20th, 2017|General, Prevention|

Did you know that most of us gain between one and five pounds each holiday season? While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. I invite you to join the Maintain, Don't Gain! Holiday Challenge. This free seven-week challenge will give you tips, tricks, and ideas to [...]

ADHS Programs and Services Help to Increase Rates of Healthy Pregnancies

By | November 17th, 2017|Prevention|

Every year the March of Dimes releases grades based on the final National Center for Health Statistics data.  Arizona received a “B” grade for the 2017 Premature Birth Report Card. While the preterm birth rate worsened in 43 states in 2016, the rate remained the same in Arizona. A premature birth is defined as the [...]

Arizona Hosts the Second Annual “Protect You and the Zoo from Flu” with Wildlife World Zoo

By | November 16th, 2017|General|

On Saturday November 18, ADHS and Maricopa County Department of Public Health join in a new partnership with the Wildlife World Zoo to host a free influenza vaccine clinic accompanied with outreach on disease prevention. Last year at the Phoenix Zoo, the “Protect You and the Zoo from the Flu” event was successful in allowing public health officials to [...]

We’re Celebrating National Rural Health Day

By | November 15th, 2017|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) joins the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) to commemorate the National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  This day is an opportunity to be informed about rural healthcare in America and to understand that Americans living in rural areas have significant health [...]

Take Time to Learn About the Safe Way to Use Antibiotics

By | November 13th, 2017|Preparedness|

2017 Antibiotic Awareness Week (formerly “Get Smart Week”), November 13 to 19, is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. This week helps to increase awareness of improving appropriate use of antibiotics in communities, in healthcare facilities, and even on the farm! Each [...]

ADHS Technology Helps Improve Services

By | November 9th, 2017|Licensing|

The Internet is here to stay. While that should be fairly obvious to just about everyone, government sometimes seems a bit slow to catch on. That’s not the case in Arizona, and certainly isn’t true at the Arizona Department of Health Services. We’ve long been a leader in providing services to you, our customers, through [...]

Influenza Is Here So It’s Time to Get Vaccinated

By | November 7th, 2017|Preparedness|

The 2017–2018 influenza season has arrived in Arizona! Since the beginning of October, Arizona has had 92 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza reported from 10 counties, compared to 20 cases at this time last year. This means if you and your family haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, now is the time. The influenza vaccine is the best [...]

Phoenix Undy Run/Walk Celebrates Tenth Year in Arizona

By | November 3rd, 2017|Prevention|

The Colon Cancer Alliance’s Undy Run/Walk will host its tenth annual event this Saturday, November 4, 2017 in the State Capitol District in downtown Phoenix. The Undy Run/Walk is a 5k and one-mile fun run/walk that raises funds and awareness for colorectal cancer. The Undy is a family- and pet-friendly walk that honors survivors, caregivers, [...]

New National Campaign Encourages Healthy Eating

By | October 31st, 2017|Prevention|

The American Heart Association has launched Healthy For Good, a campaign built on four core ideas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. It is free to join and will help you stay on track with shareable tips, videos and hacks. Here are a few on tips from the campaign how to “eat [...]