Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Ambulance Inspections

By | May 26th, 2017|Preparedness|

Emergency medical service (EMS) workers, like paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMT), run toward dangerous and chaotic situations to treat the sick, injured and dying. In addition to training and experience, EMS workers rely on medical equipment, medicine, and their vehicles to save lives when every second counts. To highlight EMS Week, we’re putting a [...]

Teach Your Kids Safe Listening to Prevent Irreversible Hearing Loss

By | May 25th, 2017|Preparedness, Prevention|

Does your child like to turn up the volume on their earbuds or headphones when listening to their favorite music? Audiologists are seeing the impacts of personal technology devices misused by children and teenagers and rank it as their top tech-related concern. They urge parents to teach safe listening to prevent irreversible and lifelong hearing [...]

We are Celebrating Our EMS System this Week

By | May 24th, 2017|Preparedness|

May 21-27 is Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, and today is specifically recognized as EMS for Children Day. This year's theme is “EMS STRONG: Always in Service,” which for Arizona means a focus on the resiliency, wellness, and safety of EMS personnel. Arizona’s EMS personnel are an integral piece of our state’s public health and [...]

Ryan White Program Wins National Achievement Award

By | May 23rd, 2017|Preparedness|

The ADHS and Maricopa County Ryan White Programs recently won a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award in the Health category for their Ryan White Joint Application and Integrated Eligibility project. Maricopa County and the State of Arizona Ryan White Programs developed a joint application for HIV services for clients who are dually enrolled [...]

Arizona’s Experience with Cryptosporidiosis Highlighted during Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

By | May 22nd, 2017|Preparedness|

In observance of Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report last week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlighting three states’ experiences with outbreaks of Cryptosporidiosis last summer. Cryptosporidiosis is a gastrointestinal illness caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium, which causes profuse, watery diarrhea lasting up [...]

How and Where to Obtain a Birth Certificate from Vital Records

By | May 19th, 2017|Licensing|

We get calls every day from people looking to get a copy of their birth certificate. Depending on your timeline, here are some details on how you can obtain the record you need. The Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Vital Records no longer provides same day walk-in customer service for certificate issuance. You [...]

May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day

By | May 18th, 2017|Preparedness|

Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. In the US, there are three main viruses that cause viral hepatitis – hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Hepatitis C-related deaths reached an all-time high in 2014 and in 2013 surpassed the total combined number of deaths from 60 other infectious diseases, [...]

Celebrating the Contributions and Addressing the Needs of Older Arizonans

By | May 17th, 2017|General, Prevention|

The month of May is Older American’s Month, and as further proclaimed by Governor Ducey, we proudly celebrate our growing older adult population in Arizona. Arizona is home to more than 1.3 million older adults who embody a wide-range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds who contribute in many ways to the economy and quality of [...]

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness Month

By | May 16th, 2017|General, Prevention|

Governor Ducey has proclaimed the month of May as Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness Month. It is a great time to help your family, friends, and coworkers learn more about food allergies. Did you know that children have food allergies more often than adults and that there are eight foods that cause most food allergic [...]