Cara M. Christ

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About Cara Christ

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

National Preparedness Month: Community Preparedness

By | September 18th, 2018|Preparedness|

Community preparedness is a crucial part of protecting yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors during emergencies and disasters. Being neighborly, being informed and being involved can make all the difference. If you haven’t already done so, get to know your neighbors and understand what type of assistance they may need during a disaster. People [...]

National Preparedness Month: Get Informed, Stay Informed

By | September 14th, 2018|Preparedness|

In today’s world, there is a mind-boggling number of information sources all around us. There are apps, websites, social media, TV, video streaming services, radio and newspapers. It is critical to know which sources to trust when you or your family are at risk during a natural disaster or another emergency. The Arizona Emergency Information [...]

2018 ADVICE Collaborative: Patient Engagement

By | September 4th, 2018|Licensing|

Every year, our Bureau of Medical Facilities Licensing partners with stakeholders to provide a daylong educational session for end-stage renal dialysis (ESRD) providers in Arizona. This year marked the sixth year of our ADVICE (Arizona Developing Value Through Innovation and Communication with ESRD Providers) Collaborative held on June 21, 2018. This year’s theme was centered on patient engagement. Approximately 211 [...]

AzHIP 2017/2018 Update

By | August 30th, 2018|General|

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) launched the first Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP) in March 2016. The purpose of the AzHIP is to describe how ADHS and community partners work together to improve the health and wellness of Arizonans. The AzHIP highlights 17 comprehensive health issues that the state hopes to improve by the Plan’s [...]

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

By | August 6th, 2018|Prevention|

Going to a farmers market with your family can be great fun! Join with me in celebrating National Farmers Market Week. Worried about the heat? Some markets have moved indoors for the summer and others have early hours. Use AZ Health Zone's fantastic map to find a market near your home. You can narrow your [...]

New 2017 Arizona Opioid Emergency Response Report Highlights Progress but Shows Need for Continued Focus

By | August 3rd, 2018|Prevention|

The 2017 Arizona Opioid Emergency Response Report is out today, and while significant progress has been made, there is still work to do towards reducing opioid deaths in Arizona. This report highlights the emergency response actions taken over the past year since Governor Ducey issued his public health emergency declaration in response to the data [...]

Ensuring the Health and Safety of our Littlest Residents and Visitors

By | August 2nd, 2018|Licensing|

Over the past month, there has been a lot of news around unaccompanied minors and migrant children receiving care in in Arizona.  ADHS is responsible for licensing health care institutions and child care facilities in Arizona and is committed to ensuring children are in a safe and nurturing environment. In fact, the health and safety [...]

Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life

By | August 1st, 2018|Prevention|

Breastfeeding is a foundation of a healthy life. For the past 27 years, the first week of August has been declared World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding helps to prevent malnutrition, ensures food security for infants and young children, and helps to bring people out of the hunger and poverty cycle. Breastfeeding is one of the most [...]

Arizona Immunization Coverage Rates Continue to Fall with Increased Use of Exemptions in 2017

By | July 3rd, 2018|Preparedness|

For the second year in a row, exemption rates, the percentage of students exempt from one or more vaccines, increased across all age categories. In the last year, exemptions rose from 3.9% to 4.3% for child care, from 4.9% to 5.4% for kindergarten, and from 5.1% to 5.4% for 6th grade. This increase in exemption rates led [...]