Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

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 [...]

Tips to Keep Your Thanksgiving Meals Safe

By | November 26th, 2019|Preparedness|

The holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family. Inevitably, this will also be a time when you may find yourself surrounded by lots and lots of food. In order to keep you and your loved ones healthy and avoid foodborne illness, let’s start with some basics: Wash your hands. Washing your hands [...]

New Dashboard launched for Valley Fever Awareness

By | November 20th, 2019|Preparedness|

Valley fever is a potentially debilitating and deadly respiratory disease caused by the Coccidioides fungus that affects thousands of Arizonans every year. Valley Fever Awareness Week (Nov. 9–17) was a success with social media messaging, promoting the poster contest, and launching a new data dashboard. Although Valley Fever Awareness Week is over, raising awareness of this [...]

Arizona Makes Progress in Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections

By | November 13th, 2019|Preparedness|

Earlier this month, CDC released the 2018 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report based on National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data. NHSN is the nation’s most widely used HAI surveillance system by facilities, states, regions, quality groups, and national public health agencies including CDC. This annual report provides an update on previous reports, [...]

ADHS Has Several Programs that Aim to Improve Birth Outcomes

By | November 5th, 2019|Prevention|

Every year the March of Dimes releases grades based on the National Center for Health Statistics data to calculate preterm birth rates. Arizona received a “C+” grade in the 2019 Premature Birth Report Card, an improvement from last year’s report when Arizona received a “C” grade. The report further highlights disparities across racial and ethnic [...]

Maternal Fatalities & Morbidity Advisory Committee to Hold Public Hearing on October 30

By | October 28th, 2019|Prevention|

Loss of a woman during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery is devastating.  Arizona has been making great strides this year in its efforts to tackle the rates of maternal morbidity and mortality throughout Arizona. One of those actions was the passage of Senate Bill 1040 that established an Advisory Committee on Maternal Fatalities [...]

It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week-Get Your Child Tested

By | October 24th, 2019|Preparedness|

Each year, we join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other partners to promote awareness of lead poisoning. Our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program got a head start on National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by spending a morning at Phoenix [...]

We’re Celebrating International Infection Prevention Week

By | October 16th, 2019|General|

International Infection Prevention Week occurs globally from October 13 - 19 to raise awareness of healthcare-associated infections. Healthcare-associated infections are infections people can get while receiving health care for another condition. This year’s theme is “Vaccines are Everybody’s Business” and highlights the important role that vaccines play in preventing infections from spreading and protecting public health. [...]