Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

Opioid Update: Latest Data and Emergency Rules Update

By | October 17th, 2017|Prevention|

The emergency declaration for opioid overdoses continues in Arizona, as does the hard work of people across the state doing their part to curb the opioid epidemic. Latest data from the opioid surveillance show that more than 3,200 opioid overdoses have been suspected, with over 400 of those being deaths since June 15. Here’s some of [...]

2017 Arizona Dental Infection Prevention Collaborative

By | October 16th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program collaborated with the Organization of Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) to provide a day long Arizona Dental Infection Prevention Collaborative. The collaborative, held September 29th, brought together about 100 Arizona dental providers to learn new evidence-based practices in preventing infections and reducing harm. This training event provided education to infection [...]

Updated Data Added to Community Profiles Dashboard

By | October 12th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Community Profiles Dashboard is a public information website developed by ADHS to provide the public with a quick, convenient no-cost data summary tool for Arizona health data. Data on the Dashboard were just recently updated and now include data from 2010 through 2015.  The 2016 data are expected to be added later this year or [...]

Childhood Lead Poisoning Surveillance Report Just Released

By | October 11th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has just released their 2016 Annual Blood Lead Surveillance Report. The report describes statewide and county level data, including a breakdown of elevated blood lead levels and screening rates in high-risk zip codes. More than 59,000 children under the age of 6 were tested for lead across the state [...]

Infant at Work Program Wins National Award

By | October 5th, 2017|Prevention|

Our ADHS Infant at Work program has earned national recognition from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the de Beaumont Foundation. The Infant at Work program won an inaugural Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) Model Policies and Practices Challenge Best State award. The challenge highlights workforce innovations [...]

New Online Death Registration System Goes Live

By | October 4th, 2017|Licensing|

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Vital Records (ADHS) operates multiple statewide electronic systems that enable ADHS and our partners to submit records of vital events for registration and ultimately issuance to the public.  On Monday, ADHS implemented new death registration and Vital Records issuance system that will be used, in coordination with partners statewide, [...]

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes When Traveling to Mexico

By | October 3rd, 2017|Preparedness|

The month of October is high mosquito season in Sonora, Mexico and there have been reports of local transmission of dengue and Zika viruses. With the upcoming three-day weekend and many schools on fall break over the next several weeks, it’s important to remind Arizonans about increased mosquito activity in Sonora in the event they [...]

Mental Health Support Available

By | October 2nd, 2017|Behavioral Health|

In light of the recent tragedies occurring in the U.S. and around the world, there is help locally, if you need support. Mercy Maricopa, which oversees the crisis system in Maricopa County, has activated a dedicated 24/7 crisis line in response to the recent shootings. Crisis Response Network operates the line, 1-800-203-CARE (2273), and it’s [...]

Adding Whole Grains to Your Diet Can Improve Your Overall Health

By | September 28th, 2017|Prevention|

Whole Grains Month is a great time for everyone to get on the whole grains bandwagon. Eating better is not an all-or-nothing choice; every little improvement makes for a healthier you all year long. Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. While three or more [...]

World Rabies Day Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary

By | September 27th, 2017|Preparedness|

On September 28th, partners around the globe will celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Rabies Day to raise awareness about the impact of rabies and how to prevent the disease. Rabies is a virus that can cause serious damage to the nervous system of humans and animals, and is almost always fatal once symptoms develop. [...]