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Arizona Appoints First Statewide Heat Officer Amidst Rising Temperatures.

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 7, 2024
Arizona health department appoints first statewide heat officer to combat extreme heat

Arizona has recently appointed Dr. Eugene Livar as the first statewide heat officer in the nation, as part of Gov. Katie Hobbs’ extreme heat preparedness plan. This move comes in response to the concerning increase in heat-related deaths in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa County, which experienced its hottest summer on record. The city of Phoenix, known for being the hottest metropolitan area in the U.S., has also recognized the urgent need to address extreme heat and has already appointed its own heat officer.

With climate change leading to more frequent and enduring heatwaves, these officers play a crucial role in developing strategies to keep residents safe. In Phoenix, additional initiatives like the office of heat response and resiliency have been put in place to provide resources such as cooling stations and increased tree planting to help residents cope with the hot weather. Dr. Livar brings a wealth of experience to this new role, having previously served as the assistant director for public health preparedness with the Arizona Department of Health Services since 2012. He played a key role in contributing to the state’s overall heat plan and is now poised to take on this important responsibility.

By Samantha Johnson

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