Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

New Partnership Provides Parents Information About Potential Hazards

By | February 24th, 2017|Licensing|

Our Bureau of Child Care Licensing is excited to partner with the Children's Environmental Health Network's ECO-Healthy Child Care program.  The program helps child care providers throughout Arizona with the latest information on environmental hazards of most concern for our children.  Children's Environmental Health Network is a national non-profit organization that focuses on policy, education [...]

Protecting Infants from Infectious Disease

By | February 23rd, 2017|Preparedness|

The Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, AZ has recently become the first Arizona hospital to be added to the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll of the Immunization Action Coalition.  The Honor Roll recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage rates for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth.  Ninety-eight percent of [...]

Programs Work to Reduce Oral Health Disparities Among Arizona’s Children

By | February 22nd, 2017|Prevention|

Most tooth decay can be prevented through a combination of interventions like our school-based sealant program and our fluoride mouth rinse program. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to difficulty eating, speaking, and learning in school. Tooth decay can affect anyone, but we are seeing oral health disparities continue to exist for many Arizona [...]

4,000 Clients Using New Integrated Eligibility Process

By | February 21st, 2017|Preparedness|

In response to client and provider concerns, we have been working with Maricopa County to develop an improved eligibility process for clients participating in the Ryan White and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. These programs are critical to providing care, services, and medication assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS who meet specific eligibility requirements, but the [...]

Influenza Case Counts on the Rise in Arizona

By | February 17th, 2017|Preparedness|

Influenza activity is now widespread in Arizona with more than 750 cases reported in Arizona last week. That’s more than double the number of cases from last week. There have been nearly 3,300 lab-confirmed cases reported this influenza season in our state, but we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. We tend to see our [...]

Smoking Can Cause More than Lung Cancer

By | February 15th, 2017|Prevention|

Most people associate lung cancer with tobacco use, but using tobacco can cause several other types of cancers. Using tobacco increases the risk for cancers of the mouth, lips, nose and sinuses, larynx (voice box) pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, and ovary (mucinous), as well as acute myeloid [...]

WIC Provides a Community of Support

By | February 14th, 2017|Prevention|

The supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is the nation’s most successful and cost-effective public health nutrition program. The Arizona WIC Program provides free healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding services, and community referrals for income-eligible women who are pregnant or postpartum, infants, and children up to five years old. WIC connects moms [...]

Emergency Drill Tests Response to Public Health Crisis

By | February 13th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Health Emergency Operations Center activated last week as part of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station annual emergency drill. Federal regulations mandate Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and its emergency response partners conduct regular preparedness drills and exercises. During a public health emergency, the Health Emergency Operations Center activates to support state emergency management [...]

Leptospirosis on the Rise in Arizona Dogs: Know How to Keep You and Your Dog Safe

By | February 10th, 2017|Preparedness|

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can affect people and animals. The bacteria can be found in soil and water and can be carried and spread in the urine of infected animals (including rodents, wildlife, pets, and livestock). Dogs can become infected with leptospirosis. Symptoms in dogs include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, [...]