Arizona Department of Health Services Announces First-Ever Statewide Chief Heat Officer

Eugene Livar, MD

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced this week Eugene Livar, MD as the nation’s first-ever statewide Chief Heat Officer. This position is an initiative created under Governor Hobb’s Extreme Heat Preparedness Plan. Addressing extreme heat in Arizona is one of Governor Hobbs’ important initiatives and will involve a multitude of state agencies along with the Governor’s Office of Resiliency.

“ADHS is proud to play a role in meeting this moment and working to fix a complex problem facing Arizonans and we will handle this responsibility with the care it deserves and in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Resiliency Director Maren Mahoney,” said Jennie Cunico, ADHS Cabinet Executive Officer.

As the state’s Chief Heat Officer, Dr. Livar will oversee the implementation of the plan and work to coordinate partnerships between the state, county health departments, local municipalities, communities, the private sector, and community-based organizations. ADHS has also hired a heat relief coordinator that will serve as the statewide point-of-contact for county coordinators and will develop training for community navigators focused on improving access to human service providers.

“I’m excited to take on this role and this important work to make sure Arizona is prepared as possible for this upcoming heat season and beyond,” said Dr. Livar. Dr. Livar has been part of the ADHS team since 2012. As the Assistant Director for Public Health Preparedness his leadership was critical in steering the development of ADHS heat preparedness recommendations, which contributed to the state’s heat plan.

Dr. Livar’s forward-thinking approach and commitment to public health preparedness will continue to shape policies and initiatives aimed at safeguarding the well-being of all Arizonans.