Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

Practicing Safe Physical Distancing in Your Essential Service Workplace

By | April 2nd, 2020|Preparedness|

During the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have an integral role to help stop person-to-person spread. Maintaining physical distance in the workplace can be challenging, but there are things your business can do to help. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact (approximately 6 feet) via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs [...]

Physical Distancing is an Important Tool to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

By | April 1st, 2020|Preparedness|

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term physical distancing has become a household conversation. You may have heard this term used on  local news, social media, or even within your work environment, but what exactly does physical distancing mean and why is it being recommended?  COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person [...]

Adult Protective Services Plan Released to the Public

By | March 5th, 2020|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Department of Economic Security (DES) are pleased to announce the release of the Adult Protective Services (APS) Action Plan. APS is a DES program that has the authority to receive and assess reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. On January 23, DES and [...]

Arizona Public Health System Preparing to Respond to Additional Cases of COVID-19

By | February 27th, 2020|Preparedness|

The Arizona Department of Health Services has been closely monitoring COVID-19 on an international, national, and local level. Mitigating the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, a respiratory disease that can cause symptoms ranging from mild cold-like illness to severe pneumonia, is a high priority. While only one case has been reported in Arizona [...]

2020 State-by-State Report on Public Health Preparedness

By | February 25th, 2020|Preparedness|

Recent events, such as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), highlight the need for public health preparedness programs at the local, state, and federal levels. A primary role of public health agencies is to help protect the public from such disease outbreaks and disasters. However, it can be difficult to know just how prepared we are [...]

One Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Reported in Arizona; Health Officials Monitoring Outbreak

By | January 27th, 2020|Preparedness|

On Sunday, Jan. 26, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that a Maricopa County resident has been diagnosed with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The confirmed case is in a person who recently returned from travel to Wuhan, China. The case is a member of the Arizona State University community who does not live [...]

Bureau of EMS and Trauma System Launches New Data Dashboard

By | January 10th, 2020|Preparedness|

The ADHS Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System has launched a new public-facing, trauma data dashboard. This tool allows the public to view an interactive report on trauma and injury in Arizona based on information from Arizona’s 47 trauma centers. The Arizona State Trauma Registry collects information about patients who are injured, and [...]

Infectious Disease Outbreak Report Released

By | January 8th, 2020|Preparedness|

Our Office of Infectious Disease Services has released the  2017 and 2018 Infectious Disease Outbreak Report. This comprehensive report uses data collected during investigations of outbreaks reported to and investigated by public health. An outbreak is defined as an increase in cases of disease in time or place that is greater than expected. The public [...]

Bureau of Vital Records Team Participates in 20th Annual National Adoption Event

By | December 11th, 2019|Licensing|

The 20th Annual National Adoption Day event was held on Saturday, November 23 and for the 8th year in a row, our Bureau of Vital Records Team participated in the event. The annual event is held to raise awareness for foster-care children nationwide who are waiting to find their forever families. Adoptions for foster children [...]

HIV/AIDS in Arizona Integrated Epidemiologic Profile 2013-2017

By | December 5th, 2019|Preparedness|

Every five years, the HIV Surveillance Program at ADHS produces an integrated epidemiologic profile that describes the characteristics of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) in Arizona. The 2013-2017 Integrated Epidemiologic Profile provides a five-year snapshot of the sociodemographic, geographic, and behavioral factors associated with HIV/AIDS, along with health outcomes among PLWH. This report is a [...]