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 San Jose Regional Forum

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sainte Claire Hotel
302 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113


 Regional Forum Agenda 
Invited Speakers


Ken Yeager, Ph.D.


Ken Yeager currently serves as the President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.  He was elected to the Board in June of 2006. He represents the 4th District, which includes the cities of Campbell and Santa Clara, as well as west San Jose and the Burbank and Cambrian neighborhoods. In December 2008, Ken was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the board of the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the statewide agency responsible reducing air pollution and combating global warming. He also sits on the local Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).




Jack Nicholl, M.A.


Jack Nicholl is a consultant for the Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing, a project of the American Lung Association in California. In his work with the Center, Mr. Nicholl collaborates with Center staff to train local tobacco control coalitions how to pass local ordinances. Mr. Nicholl was the campaign director for California’s Proposition 99, the first tobacco tax increase by initiative in the U.S (1988). He also directed the successful effort to defeat Prop 188, the Philip Morris Initiative (1994).



Carmen Rita Nevarez, M.D., M.P.H.


Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH currently serves as the Vice President of External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI), one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit public health organizations in the nation. 

Dr Nevarez has over 32 years of experience as a physician and 29 years as a public health practitioner, having served as the Director of Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer, City of Berkeley, California, as well as in various clinical settings including serving as Medical Director at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland.  She is Immediate Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA).  She is past Board Chair of Latino Coalition for a Healthy California and a member of the Partnership for Prevention Advisory Board. In addition, she has served state government as a member of advisory committees on Primary Care Clinics, Binational and Border Health and Multicultural Health.  Her areas of expertise include community based strategies for chronic disease prevention, women's reproductive health, and social media for public health.  She has been instrumental in developing and implementing a data driven strategy for advocating for teen birth prevention activities in the California legislature.  As President of the American Public Health Association, she gave over 20 speeches across the country last year bringing strategies on using data for policy, understanding opportunities for prevention in ACA and how innovations in technology could support reaching target audiences more effectively.


Daniel Peddycord, RN, MPA/HA


Dan Peddycord has spent most of his career in the public health arena. He has been the Director of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department since 2008, where he is focused on a community-based health and wellness agenda that fully addresses the needs of Santa Clara County’s diverse population. Prior to that, he served as the Public Health Director of the Deschutes County Health Department in Bend, Oregon, for 10 years.



Robin Salsburg, J.D.


Robin Salsburg is a senior staff attorney at Public Health Law & Policy (PHLP) specializing in current and emerging legal issues involving exposure to secondhand smoke. During the last five years, Robin has developed model ordinances, written fact sheets, offered trainings, and provided one-on-one technical assistance to public health advocates to successfully advance the goal of reducing exposure to drifting secondhand smoke.  Prior to joining PHLP, Robin was an environmental lawyer representing community groups and government agencies in land use and environmental litigation. Robin is a graduate of Stanford University and graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate University School of Law, where she received certificates of distinction in public interest and environmental law.



Frank Chaloupka, Ph.D.


Frank J. Chaloupka is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has been on the faculty since 1988.  He is Director of the UIC Health Policy Center and Director of the new WHO Collaborating Centre on the Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control.  Dr. Chaloupka holds appointments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Economics and the School of Public Health’s Division of Health Policy and Administration.  He is a Fellow at the University of Illinois’ Institute for Government and Public Affairs, and is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Health Economics Program and Children’s Program.  Dr. Chaloupka is Director of ImpacTeen: A Policy Research Partnership for Healthier Youth Behavior and Co-Director of the International Tobacco Evidence Network. Numerous professional publications and presentations have resulted from Dr. Chaloupka's research on the effects of economic, policy, and environmental factors on health behavior, including tobacco use, drinking, drug use, diet, physical activity, and related outcomes.

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