Magazine article Policy & Practice

Our Do'ers Profile

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Our Do'ers Profile

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In Our Do'ers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features William A. Hazel, Jr., Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Name: William A. Hazel Jr., MD, aka "Doctor Secretary"

Title: Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Years of Service: Five

Rewards of the Job: There is no doubt that the best part of being secretary is being surrounded by great people. From my team in the office along with our great agency heads and staff, to my colleagues in the Cabinet and the Governor's office, and to folks from around the commonwealth with whom I have had the pleasure of meeting and working, there are so many good people who are striving to do the right things for our citizens daily. I get to travel around our beautiful and diverse state, learn our history and culture, and sample the local products. It really does not get much better.

Accomplishments Most Proud Of: We have made tremendous strides in Health and Human Resources (HHR) to integrate our "cylinders of excellence" into a united team executing a citizen-centric program. In other words, while we are not necessarily breaking down the silos that serve their purposes, we are working to align and integrate programs to provide more effective, more efficient, and higher value services. This is a work in process and it probably never will end, but we have made sufficient progress that deserves acknowledgment.

Some specific accomplishments include establishing our HHR technology infrastructure, along with governance and data-sharing processes, that is allowing us to completely replace our eligibility systems; helping our Medicaid team implement significant reforms that have improved our services and reduced our costs; working with the Department of Justice to reach an agreement on development of community-based services for our populations with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and improving our services to youth at risk. …

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