Rachel Garcia

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About Rachel Garcia

Rachel Garcia is the Bureau Chief of EMS and Trauma System at the Arizona Department of Health Services, which is the lead state agency that coordinates, establishes, and administers Arizona’s statewide system of emergency medical services, trauma care, and registry systems. Rachel is an Arizona native with over 15 years of experience in public health. She previously served as the Deputy Chief of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response and has assisted with multiple Health Emergency Operations Center responses at ADHS. Before joining the ADHS team, Rachel held various leadership roles in local public health. She was an Assistant Director of Public Health in Pinal County, where she oversaw Community and Correctional Health programming. Rachel also served in multiple public health research and community outreach positions at the University of Arizona, where she earned her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science degrees and completed Susan G. Komen and National Science Foundation fellowships.

Crash Responder Safety Week: Move Over, slow down when you see flashing lights

By | November 16th, 2022|Preparedness|

You might associate Crash Responder Safety Week more with our colleagues at the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Arizona Department of Transportation. But it's special to ADHS as well because of our role in supporting Arizona's emergency medical services and trauma system.  From 2019 to 2021, there were more than 100,000 traffic-related crashes involving [...]

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2021 Trauma Report identifies opportunities for injury prevention

By | October 24th, 2022|Preparedness|

Public health oversees many areas, one of which is the Arizona trauma system. Each year, the State Trauma Advisory Board collaborates with the ADHS Bureau of EMS and Trauma System to publish a report summarizing trauma in Arizona. Data reported to the Arizona State Trauma Registry from Arizona trauma centers is analyzed to illustrate top [...]

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