Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

Flu Virus Lingers in Arizona in Summer Months

By | July 6th, 2017|Preparedness|

While summer may be in full swing, the influenza season is lingering longer than usual here in Arizona. In June, we typically see around 200 laboratory confirmed influenza cases. This year there were nearly 1,300 confirmed influenza cases in June . Our ADHS disease detectives and county health departments monitor influenza activity all year. In [...]

Take Precautions to Lower Your Risk of Adverse Health Effects from Wildfires

By | July 5th, 2017|Preparedness|

Arizona may be known for its deserts, but forests make up nearly 27 percent of Arizona’s land. Recently, several wildfires have arisen across the state. By June 28, the Goodwin Fire in Yavapai County has spread to more than 20,000 acres. The Saddle Fire has also grown to nearly 5,000 acres in Cochise County.  Evacuations [...]

Keep Your Family Safe this Independence Day

By | July 3rd, 2017|Prevention|

The bright flash of red, white, and blue accompanied by a thunderous boom defines Independence Day for many Americans. Dozens of professional fireworks shows are preceded and followed by thousands of amateur exhibitions. Arizona relaxed its stance towards the sale and use of fireworks a few years ago but the danger remains. Our Injury Prevention team [...]

Opioid Response Update: First Week Real-Time Data Reported

By | June 30th, 2017|Prevention|

This week we posted our first report of real time data reported to us from healthcare providers, first responders, law enforcement agencies, and pharmacists in our coordinated response to the alarming increase in opioid deaths in Arizona. Between June 15 and June 22, 191 suspected opioid overdoses, 15 of them fatal, were reported to ADHS [...]

Online Resources for Finding Reliable Health Information

By | June 29th, 2017|Prevention|

Looking for health information online can be overwhelming and confusing. Since 1997, healthfinder.gov has been sharing reliable health information with health professionals and consumers. As part of this work, they have developed criteria for websites they will link to from healthfinder.gov. These guidelines reflect quality standards that are a part of Healthy People 2020 and the [...]

Zika Planning Continues in Arizona

By | June 28th, 2017|Preparedness|

We hosted a Zika Action Plan Workshop and Tabletop Exercise on June 20 as part of our Zika preparedness series that began with the Zika Action Plan Summit in May 2016. Approximately 80 partners representing more than 25 local, tribal, and state organizations attended the latest workshop. The workshop events included an overview of Zika [...]

Take Precautions to Stay Safe in Excessive Heat

By | June 27th, 2017|Preparedness|

Excessive Heat Warnings have affected many areas of our state since June 17. Temperatures during the Heat Warning reached as high as 122 degrees in cities like Lake Havasu and Bullhead City. Other parts of the state including Glendale and Yuma were at 120. With the extended duration of this event, overnight low temperatures seemed to [...]

Update: More Progress on Addressing Arizona Opioid Epidemic

By | June 23rd, 2017|Prevention|

ADHS continues to work with partners to respond to the opioid emergency in Arizona, concluding our third week in the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC). The teamwork across many areas has resulted in another week of significant accomplishments. This week, we wrapped up our first week of data collection under the Governor’s executive order for [...]