About Will Humble

Will Humble, M.P.H.

Director

Arizona Department of Health Services

 

 

Director                                                                                                            2009 – Present

Arizona Department of Health Services

Phoenix, AZ

 

 

  • Overhauled regulation of hospitals, skilled nursing, assisted living, behavioral health facilities, outpatient treatment and childcare facilities.  The new regulatory standards have sharpened the Licensing Division’s emphasis on evidence-based standards that focus on outcomes.

 

  • Led the development of a statewide Trauma System, going from 7 Level I Trauma Centers in 2009 to more than 30 Level I, II, III, and IV Centers by 2014.  Implemented a statewide cardiac arrest chain of survival initiative that has improved out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival by more than 300% between 2009 and 2014. 

 

  • Led the statewide initiative to integrate  acute care and public health principles into the State’s behavioral health system for persons with Serious Mental Illness.

 

  • Implemented a new nutritionally balanced food package for participants of the Arizona Women Infants and Children WIC Program to address the increasing obesity epidemic.  The new package was successfully implemented, with both retailers and participants expressing satisfaction with the transition to this new healthy blend of foods.  Led the creation of the Empower Program, integrating physical activity and nutrition incentives in Arizona child care facilities.

 

  • Actively leading public health policy development within the US Mexico Border Health Commission and acting as the health co-chair for the US Mexico Border Governors Conference.  Focused policy developments to address the cross-border obesity by leveraging the Department’s WIC menu changes and by calling for nutritional criteria under the USDAs Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

 

  • Successfully led the Arizona public health system response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic   2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, demonstrating public health leadership by coordinating Arizona’s public health epidemiological and laboratory surveillance, implementing key public health interventions, supervising special needs population readiness, efficiently distributing Strategic National Stockpile assets, ensuring health care surge capacity readiness, and coordinating statewide public health messaging.  

 

  • Provided key leadership and management during unprecedented budget reductions by focusing on Department priorities established through strategic planning and by implementing budget reductions that minimized negative health impacts on the most vulnerable populations. Converted previously state funded programs into fee-for-service delivery models, including portions of the State Hospital, and the Departments licensing programs and Vital Records.

 

  • Led the implementation of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in a challenging political environment, developing a responsible program that set the stage for a successful medical marijuana program while ensuring checks and balances are in place to minimize recreational abuse of the system.

 

Adjunct Faculty                                                                                                2002- Present

University of Arizona 

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

 

 

Current Committee Appointments

 

 

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council                               2009- Present

Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families

Chair

 

First Things First                                                                                             2009- Present

First things First is dedicated to helping Arizona Children ages five and younger receive the

best education, healthcare and support that they need to stay healthy.

 

Arizona Mexico Border Health Commission                                               2009- Present

The Arizona Mexico Border Health Commission’s mission is “to provide international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the United States and Mexico border.”

 

Arizona Mexico Commission                                                                         2009- Present

The Arizona Mexico Commission’s mission is “to improve the well-being and

quality of life for residents of Arizona by promoting strong, cooperative

relationships with Mexico and Latin America through advocacy, trade,

networking and information.”

 

Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee                                         2009 – Present

The Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee explores how to combine preparedness activities among all levels of government including; state, local, and tribal units of government.

 

 

Past Appointments

 

 

Deputy Director                                                                                                  2008-2009

Arizona Department of Health Services

Division of Public Health

Phoenix, AZ

 

 

  • Managed a wide variety of public health programs during several rounds of significant budget reductions.   Successful challenges overcome include organized prioritization of public health program funding, personnel placement decisions, and consolidating public health and business functions.  

 

  • Led the development of Arizona’s trauma system by increasing the number of participating trauma system hospitals by 100% during 2008.  System enhancements have improved the administrative effectiveness of the state pre-hospital care system, improved Stakeholder relations, and measurably improved patient outcomes.

 

Assistant Director                                                                                                 2005-2008

Arizona Department of Health Services

Public Health Preparedness

Phoenix, AZ

 

  • Managed the Arizona Public Health Laboratory, Emergency Medical Services, Epidemiology & Disease Control, and Public Health Emergency Management, including 300 staff and a budget of more than $110M.

 

  • Improved the effectiveness of the Strategic National Stockpile program, public health volunteer coordination, special needs population readiness, hospital and local health preparedness, and increasing laboratory capacity.

 

  • Coordinated the development of the ADHS pandemic readiness plan and Arizona’s interagency pandemic influenza operational plan.

 

  • Led the successful implementation of the Smoke Free Arizona Act, resulting in good compliance and satisfaction among businesses and public health Stakeholders.

 

  • Improved the administrative effectiveness of the Department’s emergency medical services programs, improving Stakeholder relations, initiating the development of Arizona’s new trauma system, and leading the development of public health initiatives such as cardio-cerebral resuscitation (CCR), stroke telemedicine, and cardiac care centers.  CCR has been adopted statewide and in other states, and recent research studies show that CCR as compared to CPR results in 300% increase in survival rates.

 

  • Led the expansion of Arizona’s newborn screening program and took the lead in integrating the newborn testing and follow-up programs.

 

 

Bureau Chief                                                                                                     2003-2005

Arizona Department of Health Services

Epidemiology & Disease Control

Phoenix, Arizona

 

  • Managed the Epidemiology & Disease Control programs including the Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, the Office of Environmental Health, the Arizona Immunizations Program Office, and the Office of HIV/STD Services. Responsible for approximately 120 staff and a budget of more than $80M.

 

  • Successfully managed public health interventions and communications during Arizona’s 2004 West Nile virus season.

 

  • Successfully managed the 2004 influenza vaccine shortage.

 

  • Led interventions to improve Arizona’s vaccination rates and expanded vaccination requirements for school entry. Current data show that more than 95% of Arizona’s children receive all recommended vaccinations by school entry age.

 

  • Integrated STD and HIV surveillance, prevention, and care services to improve efficiency and stakeholder involvement.

 

 

 

Office Chief                                                                                                        1997-2003

Arizona Department of Health Services

Office of Environmental Health

Phoenix, Arizona

 

  • Led the overhaul of Arizona’s food safety regulations and implemented a more effective food safety network in Arizona.

 

  • Developed statewide soil remediation levels (SRLs) for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and led Stakeholder groups to develop consensus about their implementation.

 

  • Developed Arizona’s targeted Lead Poisoning screening program, resulting in a more targeted approach to screening that is more cost effective.

 

  • Developed the highly successful Arizona “Sunwise” sun safety program improving sun safety awareness among families.

 

  • Authored over 50 environmental health risk assessments and public health consultations at various environmental contamination sites, and led public meetings and workshops to communicate health risks to the public and media.

 

  • Successfully managed environmental health issues during the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire.

 

  • Responsible for 25 staff and a budget of $2M.

 

 

Manager, Environmental Health Sciences Program                                        1993-1997

Arizona Department of Health Services

Office of Environmental Health

Phoenix, Arizona

 

  • Authored more than 75 environmental health risk assessments and public health consultations at various environmental contamination sites, and led public meetings and workshops to communicate health risks to the public and media.  

 

 

Environmental Program Specialist                                                                1992-1993

Arizona Department of Health Services

Office of Environmental Health

Environmental Health Sciences Program

Phoenix, Arizona

 

Public Health Sanitarian                                                                              1986-1990

Maricopa County Environmental Services Department

Phoenix, Arizona

 

 

 

Education

 

MastersDegree in Public Health (MPH)                                                                    1991

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley, California

 

Bachelors of Science in Microbiology                                                                       1985

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

 

Bachelors of Science in Business Administration                                                      1982

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

                                             

 

 

Publications

 

Published Abstract: System-wide Regionalization of EMS and Hospital Care for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Association with Improved Survival and Neurologic Outcomes. Resuscitation 2012;83:e19. doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.08.048  

Spaite DW, Bobrow BJ, Stolz U, Chikani V, Humble W, Mullins T, Mullins M, Stapczynski JS, Kern K, Ewy GA:   

 

Abstracts: 

Spaite DW, Stolz U, Bobrow BJ, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Gaither JB, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  The “Evidence-Based” Prehospital Blood Pressure Threshold in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  “Normotension” May Be Hypotension.  Prehospital Emerg Care (in press).   

Stolz U, Spaite DW, Bobrow BJ, Gaither JB, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  Mortality as a Function of Prehospital Systolic Blood Pressure in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  What is the Optimum Pressure for Survival?  Prehospital Emerg Care (in press).  

Spaite DW, Stolz U, Bobrow BJ, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Gaither JB, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  Association Between Lowest Prehospital Systolic Blood Pressure and Mortality in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  Is There a “Hypotension Threshold”?  Brain Injury (in press). 

 

Spaite DW, Stolz U, Bobrow BJ, Gaither JB, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  Mortality as a Function of Prehospital Systolic Blood Pressure in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  What is the Optimum Pressure for Survival?  Brain Injury (in press). 

 

Spaite DW, Stolz U, Bobrow BJ, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Gaither JB, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  The “Evidence-Based” Prehospital Blood Pressure Threshold in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  “Normotension” May Be Hypotension.  Prehospital Emerg Care 2014;18(1):138. 

 

Stolz U, Spaite DW, Bobrow BJ, Gaither JB, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  Mortality as a Function of Prehospital Systolic Blood Pressure in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  What is the Optimum Pressure for Survival?  Prehospital Emerg Care 2014;18(1):125.

 

Conference Proceedings 

Spaite DW, Stolz U, Bobrow BJ, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Gaither JB, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  The “Evidence-Based” Prehospital Blood Pressure Threshold in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  “Normotension” May Be Hypotension.  Presented to the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 16-18, 2014, Tucson, Arizona.   

Stolz U, Spaite DW, Bobrow BJ, Gaither JB, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  Mortality as a Function of Prehospital Systolic Blood Pressure in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  What is the Optimum Pressure for Survival?  Presented to the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians, January 16-18, 2014, Tucson, Arizona.

 

System-wide Regionalization of EMS and Hospital Care for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest:  Association with Improved Survival and Neurologic Outcomes.  Presented to the European Resuscitation Congress, October 18-20, 2012. 

Spaite DW, Bobrow BJ, Stolz U, Chikani V, Humble W, Mullins T, Mullins M, Stapczynski JS, Kern K, Ewy GA: 

 

The Effectiveness of Ultrabrief and Brief Educational Videos for Training Lay Responders in Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Implications for the Future of Citizen Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training:

Bobrow BJ, Spaite DW, Berg RA, Stolz U, Sanders AB, Kern KB,Vadeboncoeur TF, Clark LL, Gallagher JV, Stapczynski JS, LoVecchioF, Mullins TJ, Humble WO, Ewy GA. Chest compression-only CPR by lay rescuers and survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. JAMA.

2010;304:1447–1454.

 

Spaite DW, Stolz U, Bobrow BJ, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Gaither JB, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  Association Between Lowest Prehospital Systolic Blood Pressure and Mortality in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  Is There a “Hypotension Threshold”?  Presented to the Annual Scientific Congress of the International Brain Injury Association, San Francisco, California, March 19-22, 2014. 

 

Spaite DW, Stolz U, Bobrow BJ, Gaither JB, Chikani V, Sherrill D, Sotelo M, Barnhart B, Adelson PD, Viscusi C, Mullins T, Humble W, Denninghoff KR:  Mortality as a Function of Prehospital Systolic Blood Pressure in Major Traumatic Brain Injury:  What is the Optimum Pressure for Survival?  Presented to the Annual Scientific Congress of the International Brain Injury Association, San Francisco, California, March 19-22, 2014.

 

 

 

Awards

  

Leader of the Year                                                                                                     2012

Arizona Capitol Times

Leader of the Year in Public Health

 

Traffic Safety Award                                                                                                  2012

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

In recognition of the Arizona Department of Health Services dedication and contributions provided in support of The Governor’s Office of Highway Safetys mission, to enhance traffic safety throughout the State of Arizona.

                       

 

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