Will Humble

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About Will Humble

Will Humble, M.P.H. Director Arizona Department of Health Services

What’s Sleep Hygiene?

By | February 11th, 2015|Prevention|

If you're like my family, there are times when some of you don't get enough sleep.  In fact about 30% of Americans don't get the number of hours of sleep we need to stay healthy.  Now that everybody is plugged into an electronic device these days it seems to be getting worse. Electronic devices and even some night lights [...]

The Forgotten Plague: Tuberculosis in America

By | February 10th, 2015|General|

Tonight at 8 pm PBS American Experience will feature an episode called "The Forgotten Plague: Tuberculosis in America."   Tuberculosis was the deadliest killer in human history prior to 1900.  In fact, TB (then sometimes called Consumption) killed about 14% of all the people who ever lived prior to 1900.  TB rifled through the US at the turn of the century, sometimes [...]

Everybody Needs a Good Night’s Sleep

By | February 10th, 2015|Prevention|

Food, water, air, shelter and sleep.  Those are the Big 5 things that everyone needs.  Everybody needs a good dose of restful sleep to stay healthy and thrive...but the amount of sleep changes throughout the lifetime.  Last week, the National Sleep Foundation came out with some interesting and helpful recommendations for how much sleep folks need at various ages.  When people don't get [...]

From the Harvard School of Public Health

By | February 9th, 2015|Prevention|

The new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health gives people an easy way to estimate their risk of developing cardiovascular disease based on simple lifestyle habits. The free web-based survey also gives users practical tips for improving their scores by incorporating heart-healthy habits into their daily lives. The calculator [...]

We’re Looking for Leaders Across the Border

By | February 6th, 2015|General|

Leaders across Borders (LaB) is an advanced leadership development program funded by the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission.  The idea is to build bi-national leadership capacity of public health, health care, and other community sectors to improve the health of communities in the U.S.- México border region.  Right now (and through February 13) we’re looking for [...]

Interventions to Improve Vaccination Rates in AZ Schools

By | February 5th, 2015|General|

Over the last couple of years, we’ve been working with partners using data collected by the U of A to stem the tide of lower vaccination rates in Arizona schools.  Last year’s initiatives included implementation of our Action Plan to Address Vaccine Exemptions which included updating the vaccine exemption form (which reinforces to parents know [...]

Arizona School Vaccination Rates Posted

By | February 4th, 2015|General|

With all the news about Arizona’s measles outbreak, I’m sure you’ve heard just how important vaccination is for our community.  Public health agencies study vaccine coverage data to understand how well communities are protected from preventable disease and to make targeted decisions about how to contain an outbreak. For example, if there’s a disease outbreak [...]

Healthcare Associated Infection Report

By | February 3rd, 2015|Prevention|

Last month the CDC issued their updated National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report, which provides healthcare-associated infections data from 2013.  Overall, the report found improvements nationally in performance, with reductions in most categories. Between 2012 and 2013, we reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infections.  We’ve had significant improvements in central-line associated bloodstream [...]

Rural Metro Union Authorizes Strike

By | January 30th, 2015|General|

Last week Southwest Ambulance workers (Southwest is a subsidiary of Rural/Metro) voted to authorize their union management to call a strike in Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa Counties.  The union’s management hasn't yet called for a strike and hopefully both parties will continue to negotiate and reach a deal.  If they do decide to call a strike, [...]