Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

Hepatitis A Outbreak Dashboard and Resources are Live

By | May 28th, 2019|Preparedness|

We recently launched an interactive dashboard and a number of resources to support the hepatitis A outbreak response efforts of county and tribal health departments, health care providers, and correctional facilities in Arizona. Tracking when and where the outbreak is occurring and who it is affecting is critical to the response. There have been more [...]

Vaccinating People Most at Risk Can Help Curb National Hepatitis A Outbreak

By | May 9th, 2019|Preparedness|

Arizona, along with 18 other states, is currently experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A. There have been more than 245 cases, mostly among individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or use drugs. Currently over two-thirds of the cases are in Pima County. The disease has also spread to five other counties. More than 80 percent of individuals [...]

ADHS Publishes 2019 Arizona State Health Assessment

By | April 30th, 2019|General|

Today, we are very excited to announce that we have published the 2019 Arizona State Health Assessment! The Assessment highlights both successes and challenges in our state with the intent of driving data for action. The Assessment also identifies key social, economic, and environmental factors contributing to the health of Arizonans. Arizona Department of Health [...]

Arizona State Lab has Vital Role in Protecting Public Health

By | April 25th, 2019|Preparedness|

At the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), we have about 100 public health laboratory staff who work hard every day to detect critical infectious diseases, test suspicious substances, screen drinking water for contaminants, conduct early identification of genetic and metabolic disorders in newborns, inspect and license clinical and environmental labs across Arizona, and work [...]

Increased Use of Immunization Exemptions Put Arizona At-Risk for an Outbreak in 2019

By | April 12th, 2019|Preparedness|

In the midst of nationwide outbreaks of measles, and increases in Arizona cases of vaccine-preventable diseases, Arizona’s vaccine coverage rates continue to decrease. This places more Arizona children, families, and communities at risk for vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. For the third year in a row, non-medical exemption rates--the percentage of students exempt from one or more [...]

Several ADHS Programs Focus on Early Childhood Development

By | April 10th, 2019|General|

Today we know more than ever about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. According to Harvard’s “Center on the Developing Child,” there are three basic foundations of lifelong health that are fundamental to early [...]

Public Health Week Wraps Up with Launch of ADHS Annual Report

By | April 4th, 2019|General|

As we wrap up Arizona Public Health Week and National Public Health Week, today we published our Annual Report, which highlights many of the great accomplishments of our agency from the last fiscal year: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. As you will read in the Annual Report, we made great strides in continuing [...]

ADHS Announces New “Must Stop Bullying” Comic Contest for Arizona Youth

By | April 2nd, 2019|Prevention|

Bullying has emerged as an important public health issue prompting the need for effective prevention measures and interventions in schools and community settings. Significant long-term implications for victims of bullying include mental trauma, decreased school performance, and in extreme cases, suicidal ideation. Children with special health care needs may be at increased risk of being [...]

ADHS Seeks Input in the Next State Health Assessment

By | April 1st, 2019|General|

Today marks the start of Arizona Public Health Week and National Public Health Week, a recognition of the work public health does behind the scenes to improve the overall health of our communities. Aligned with National Public Health Week's 2019 focus on Creating the Healthiest Nation, the State Health Assessment (SHA) examines the health of [...]

New Data Dashboard Helps to Identify Opioid Trends in Arizona

By | March 22nd, 2019|Prevention|

We recently launched an interactive dashboard that is providing timely data about the opioid epidemic in Arizona. The dashboard is a tool that ADHS and our partners are using to develop interventions that will keep our communities safe. The data is a valuable resource to help identify trends. For example, the data from a new [...]