Christopher Garcia

Disease Intervention Trainer

Christopher Garcia (he/him/his) is a virtual trainer with the Disease Intervention Training Center (DITC). He is a veteran disease intervention specialist (DIS) and started his public health career in 2007 as a DIS at a large urban county health department in Arizona. While working as a DIS, Christopher led and influenced a first-of-its-kind program that embedded health department DIS into private HIV clinics. This satellite program significantly reduced the number of dual-infected Syphilis/HIV cases, increased the proportion of persons completing a partner elicitation interview, and increased the number of locatable partners notified of exposure and brought to treatment. In 2018, Christopher joined the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and led the HIV Prevention Program, as program manager, until August 2022.

His motto is “the more you know, the more you know that you do not know.” His unique skills include tamale making, social intelligence, and new media literacy.