Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

Partners Come Together to Raise Awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease in Arizona

By | March 28th, 2017|Prevention|

Our Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease has joined forces with community partners to educate the public about Alzheimer's disease and the growing challenge in our state. We're starting a public awareness program called All In for Alzheimer's with our partners KTAR, the Alzheimer's Association, the Arizona Center on Aging, Hospice of the Valley, the [...]

Our Work to Improve Patient Safety Continues

By | March 27th, 2017|Preparedness|

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections that patients can get while receiving medical treatment for something else in a healthcare facility. These infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical consequences. The National Patient Safety Foundation reminds us of the importance of safe patient care. This year's United for Patient Safety Campaign focuses on making [...]

Tuberculosis Cases Declining in Arizona and Nationwide

By | March 24th, 2017|Preparedness|

World TB Day is recognized every year on March 24th. In the United States, Tuberculosis (TB) remains under control; however continued work must be done to reach TB elimination. The newly released numbers from Arizona’s TB Control Program show a decrease of reported TB cases from 198 cases (2015) to 188 cases (2016). This is [...]

Statewide Partnerships Work to Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries

By | March 23rd, 2017|Prevention|

More than 12 million people in the U.S. live with the effects of a traumatic brain injury, according the Brain Injury Association of America. A person with a severe brain injury may need to be hospitalized and have long term health issues that affect memory, learning, coordination and balance, speech, hearing, vision, and emotions. Most [...]

Infectious Disease Outbreaks Down in 2015

By | March 21st, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Office of Infectious Disease Services has released their 2015 Infectious Disease Outbreak Summary Report, documenting outbreak detection, response, and reporting throughout Arizona. An outbreak is an unexpected increase in the number of people with the same disease at the same time or in the same place. The public health response to outbreaks is a team effort, utilizing knowledge, [...]

Take Steps to Improve Your Overall Health with Nutritious Meals and Active Living

By | March 21st, 2017|Prevention|

During National Nutrition Month 2017, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges all of us to start small—one forkful at a time. Rather than focusing on just one specific food or meal, remember to balance what you eat and drink with your individual energy needs. Overall well-being includes enjoyable eating, active living, and healthy lifestyle [...]

New STD Annual Report Released

By | March 16th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our STD Control Program recently released the 2015 Arizona STD Annual Report. This report highlights the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among residents of Arizona with specific focus on syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, the most commonly reported STDs. In 2015 cases of STDs in Arizona continued to increase.  Cases grew from 39,919, in 2014, [...]

2017 Recommended Immunization Schedule and 2015 Adult Immunization Coverage Data

By | March 15th, 2017|Preparedness|

Proper immunization throughout the lifespan is one of the most important steps that individuals can take to protect their health, their children’s health, and the health of the community. Each year, a group of health and medical experts called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices creates recommended vaccination schedules for children and adolescents as well [...]

Third Annual HIV Symposium Focuses on Ending the HIV Epidemic in Arizona by 2030

By | March 14th, 2017|Prevention|

Last week our HIV Prevention Program, the Ryan White Part B Program, and the Ryan White Part A Program of Maricopa County presented the third annual HIV symposium. More than 260 people attended, representing state and local health departments, community-based organizations, clinical providers, community leaders, and people living with HIV. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton kicked [...]

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 [...]