Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

Update to Arizona Health Improvement Plan Published

By | August 23rd, 2019|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is excited to announce we have published the 2019 Update to the Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP). The purpose of the AzHIP is to describe how ADHS and our community partners are working together to improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans. Receiving annual updates, the AzHIP [...]

Tenth Anniversary of Arizona Infectious Disease Training and Exercise

By | August 22nd, 2019|Preparedness|

At the end of June, we hosted our 10th annual Arizona Infectious Disease Training and Exercise (AZID 2019), where about 400 partners from a wide variety of organizations joined together to learn and share about best practices and current infectious disease trends in Arizona and surrounding states. We hosted speakers from local Arizona jurisdictions, other [...]

Record High West Nile Virus Activity in Arizona

By | August 21st, 2019|Preparedness|

Think it’s too hot for mosquitoes? Think again! Arizona is home to several mosquito species, including the Culex species that can carry West Nile virus and Saint Louis Encephalitis virus. West Nile virus causes symptoms in about 20% of infected people, which can range from fever, headaches, and body aches, to more serious things like [...]

ADHS Awarded CDC Grant to Support the Arizona Maternal Mortality Review Committee

By | August 7th, 2019|Prevention|

The birth of a child is a joyous time of new beginnings and experiences. Tragically, nearly 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of complications during pregnancy or delivery. The loss of a woman during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery is devastating. This tragic outcome can be related [...]

Stay Safe in the Summer Heat Safety

By | August 1st, 2019|Preparedness|

Our agency serves a vital role in protecting its residents and visitors against the summer heat. Arizona’s high temperatures increase the risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In 2018, Arizona hospitals had nearly 3,000 emergency department visits for heat-related cases. Additionally, each year we see an average of 108 deaths caused by the heat [...]

Monsoon Safety Page Launched

By | July 30th, 2019|Preparedness|

The Arizona monsoon season is in effect. We can expect strong winds, dust storms, heavy rain, flooding, and other extreme weather hazards to be the norm during this time of year. ADHS recognizes the many health threats that come with the monsoon season. To prepare for these hazards, ADHS brought together health safety tips in [...]

Vital Records Wins National Award for Innovative Event Held on the Navajo Nation  

By | July 29th, 2019|Licensing|

The ADHS Office of Vital Records recently won the Constellation Awards from the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS). The award recognizes the innovative efforts to collectively host a delayed birth registration event with vital records departments from Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah on the Navajo Nation. The event helps elderly [...]

CDC Director Dr. Redfield Visits Arizona

By | July 22nd, 2019|Preparedness|

Last week, Arizona had the honor of hosting Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to discuss his initiative to End the HIV Epidemic. During his time in Arizona, Dr. Redfield was able to learn about the efforts of many innovative organizations in Arizona serving people living with HIV/AIDS [...]

Federal Reauthorization of Key Public Health Preparedness Programs

By | July 12th, 2019|Preparedness|

On June 24, President Trump signed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act into law. This important piece of legislation helps ensure that critical initiatives such as the ADHS Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and the Hospital Preparedness Program will receive funding through 2023. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) [...]

Arizona’s Maternal Mortality Review Program Receives National Recognition

By | July 8th, 2019|Prevention|

The ADHS Maternal Mortality Review Program was recently recognized at the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application User Meeting hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA in June, 2019. The team was recognized for their integral role in conducting maternal mortality reviews in Arizona and for providing data to a [...]