Public health policy & operations were in a 2022 whirlwind. We started off with the Omicron surge amid disappointing COVID-19 vaccination rates, no statewide interventions and executive orders preempting local jurisdictions from doing anything – leading to a surge in hospitalizations (albeit with far fewer deaths that in January 2021).
Spring brought shocking revelations while summer was a whipsaw. Fall brought us an early influenza season, a historic RSV epidemic, and a predictable late fall COVID wave. As we closed out 2022, we learned Arizona has had the highest overall per-capital death rate from COVID-19 (no surprise given the policy decisions made by Doug Ducey, Cara Christ and Don Herrington). However, we closed out 2022 with optimism that the leadership decisions and operational integrity of state government and ADHS will improve when Dr. Theresa Cullen takes the reins of the ADHS in February 2023.
Will Humble will present a 10-point summary of the good, the bad, and the ugly for public health in 2022.
Will Humble is the Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association. His 35 years in public health included more than 2 decades at the Arizona Department of Health Services, where he served in various capacities including as the Agency Director from 2009 to 2015. After leaving the ADHS in March of 2015, served as a health policy director at the University of Arizona from 2015 to 2017. He became Executive Director of the Arizona Public Health Association in 2017 and continues his academic affiliation as Adjunct Faculty with The University of Arizona’s Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
He received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from The University of Arizona in 2015 for his career commitment to engaging partnerships between academic and executive public health. He previously received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Northern Arizona University (1982), and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Arizona State University (1985).
Will is a big believer in using evidence-based health policy as a means to improve health outcomes and in leading and managing with emotional intelligence.
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