Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

First Group of Interns Now Participating in Training Program at the Arizona State Hospital

By | March 13th, 2017|Behavioral Health|

The first group of four behavioral health technician interns from Glendale Community College started their training at the Arizona State Hospital in mid-February. The Arizona State Hospital is the only psychiatric inpatient facility being utilized by Glendale Community College for this internship, which will help us recruit new staff to the facility. Behavioral health technician [...]

Encourage Students to Participate in the Annual SunWise Poster Contest

By | March 10th, 2017|Prevention|

The Arizona SunWise Program is excited to kick off our 14th annual “Be SunWise and Play Sun Smart!” poster contest. The contest is open to Arizona residents age 17 or younger, and encourages youth to illustrate ways to keep safe in the Arizona sun. The winning artist and teacher will receive on-field awards and appear [...]

Resources Help Parents Teach Youth about Healthy Relationships

By | March 9th, 2017|Prevention|

Adolescence is a critical period of development where young people are exposed to new experiences, such as dating. Unfortunately, some teens find themselves involved in dating relationships that involve physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse. Teens are often unable to recognize the signs of teen dating violence, or may be reluctant to tell their parents [...]

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Provide Much-Needed Service to Our Communities

By | March 8th, 2017|Prevention|

Today we’re celebrating the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. The day honors the contributions and expertise of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists as food and nutrition experts. We have more than 20 Registered Dietitian Nutritionists working on our team to help us achieving our mission to improve health and wellness for all [...]

Learn How You Can Do Your Part to Keep Groundwater Safe

By | March 7th, 2017|Preparedness|

March 5 through 11 marks the 19th National Groundwater Awareness Week. Groundwater is the water that soaks into the soil from rain or other precipitation and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand. Most groundwater flows directly into streams, rivers and lakes. Groundwater can then be pumped through [...]

Multi-State Outbreak of E. coli Shows Up in Arizona Child Care Centers

By | March 6th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our disease detectives at the state and counties are at it again, investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 . We are working with Arizona’s counties, other states, CDC, and regulatory agencies to determine the source of the outbreak. E. coli O157 is a strain that causes diarrhea, often bloody, along with abdominal cramps, headache, [...]

Preserving Public Health Funding

By | March 3rd, 2017|General|

Everyone who has been watching the news and has probably heard about efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare. When the ACA was established, the funding for several pre-existing, long-established, and important, life-saving public health programs including immunizations and infectious disease prevention and control, [...]

Strengthening Compliance with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act with County Partnerships

By | March 2nd, 2017|Preparedness|

The Smoke-Free Arizona Act went into effect nearly 10 years ago on May 1, 2007. The Act prohibits smoking inside and within 20 feet of entrances, open windows, and ventilation systems of most enclosed public places and places of employment. Our Smoke-Free Arizona Program is responsible for education, compliance, and enforcement of the Act statewide [...]

Certified Lactation Consultants are an Important Part in Improving Breastfeeding Rates

By | March 1st, 2017|Prevention|

Today we're celebrating International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Day and recognizing the important role the consultants have to improve the lives of breastfeeding families. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are healthcare professionals who specialize in the clinical management of breastfeeding and work in a wide variety of settings, including the Arizona WIC Program. When a [...]

Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition

By | February 28th, 2017|Preparedness|

The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a collaboration of healthcare-related organizations, patient advocacy organizations, industry partners, and other public health partners who have joined forces with the common goal of promoting the use of CDC's core interventions and resources to prevent bloodstream infections in dialysis patients. We are a committed partner of this [...]