Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

By | September 21st, 2020|Prevention|

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships, that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans. While measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as physical distancing, are necessary, it has never been more important for us to stay connected to the people we care about. Feelings [...]

COVID-19 Antigen Tests

By | September 17th, 2020|Preparedness|

Over the next couple of days, Arizona will be adding a significantly higher number of cases than our recent average. This is a result of advancements in testing, and includes recently classified positive antigen cases dating back over the previous several months.  In late August, a fourth antigen test was authorized by the Food and [...]

National Preparedness Month – Prepare for Disasters

By | September 15th, 2020|Preparedness|

This is the third week of National Preparedness Month, and this week’s theme is “Prepare for Disasters.” Depending on where you live, you might face a variety of different hazards. Common types of disasters in Arizona include wildfires, flooding, power outages, and severe storms.  Knowing which type of disasters are most likely to affect you [...]

Ready for some football? Have a COVID-19 game plan

By | September 11th, 2020|Preparedness|

The offseason is over, the virtual draft has concluded, and the NFL season has finally kicked off. This weekend, many Arizonans may have plans to enjoy the Cardinals’ opening game against the 49ers. While you’re cheering on our home team, remember you are safer at home. If you do plan to watch the game with [...]

National Preparedness Month – Build a Kit

By | September 8th, 2020|Preparedness|

For week two of National Preparedness Month, we're reminding Arizonans to think about their disaster supplies. This week’s theme is Build a Kit. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is true for practicing healthy behaviors like being active, eating healthy, or getting vaccinated, but it’s [...]

COVID-19 in Arizona Children

By | September 4th, 2020|Preparedness|

Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics released a state data report on Children and COVID-19. The report highlights Arizona as one of eight states with the highest number of  cumulative cases of COVID-19 in children. As the report acknowledges, one significant limitation of the data is how each state defines a ‘child.’ Arizona is one [...]

This Labor Day, Find Your #Quaranteam and Team Up Arizona

By | September 2nd, 2020|Preparedness|

Labor Day is this weekend and many Arizonans may have plans to spend the holiday with family and friends. There are several precautions that you and your family can take to stay safe from COVID-19 and other illnesses. Remember that you are safer at home. But, if you want to spend time with others make [...]

National Preparedness Month – Make a Plan

By | September 1st, 2020|Preparedness|

As 2020 has shown, emergencies and disasters can strike when we least expect. Recent local, national, and international events illustrate the need to be prepared for both known and unexpected threats. In an effort to better prepare individuals, families, and communities, state and federal governments have designated September as National Preparedness Month.  This is a [...]

Positive News for AZ Counties in the Moderate Transmission Level, Moving into Next Phase of Safely Reopening

By | August 27th, 2020|Preparedness|

Today’s Business Dashboard update has positive news that extends beyond the state’s most-populous counties -- Maricopa and Pima -- moving to the next phase of safely resuming certain business operations with enhanced mitigation measures. As of today, a total of 8 counties, Apache, Cochise, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, and Yavapai, are in the [...]

Public Health Continues to Expand Access to Testing for All Arizonans

By | August 26th, 2020|Preparedness|

Over the last several months, ADHS has worked with partners in local public health, healthcare, and community organizations to expand access to community-based COVID-19 testing across the state so that anyone who needs or wants a test can get one. We are currently evaluating existing testing locations and their coverage areas to identify gaps in [...]