As a family doctor and public health physician I have had the honor to care for Californians in clinics, hospitals, and communities. I understand the importance of health and wellness, and the devastating effects of disease.
I am privileged to be the Director of the California Department of Public Health which has professional staff whose expert work is nationally and internationally recognized. Together, we are dedicated to preventing disease and injuries, and protecting your health and safety.
The California Department of Public Health website is filled with information about important public health issues, news about our programs, and many other valuable resources. I invite you to browse these pages and learn how our department fulfills its mission of optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California.
Public health touches all of our lives in many ways, each and every day. The work of our department, done in tandem with partners at the federal, state and local levels, affects everyone in the state -- from newborns to seniors. Our work is accomplished by promoting pre-natal care, providing immunizations, educating families to use car seats, promoting anti-tobacco policies, regulating healthcare facilities, maintaining safe drinking water, supporting nutrition education, preparing for disasters, conducting disease outbreak investigations … and much, much more.
We share a dedication to public health and public service, which we display through our core values: collaboration, competence, equity, integrity, respect, responsibility, trust and vision.
As Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Health Officer, I look forward to working within your communities to improve the health of all people in California.
Ron Chapman, MD, MPH
On June 13, 2011, Ron Chapman, MD, MPH, was sworn in as director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) by California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana S. Dooley.
Dr. Chapman is a board-certified family physician who has dedicated his career to public health and medicine caring for the uninsured and underinsured in California.
Prior to becoming the director of the California Department of Public Health, he was the chief medical officer of Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), a managed care Medi-Cal plan serving Yolo, Solano, Napa, and Sonoma counties. For six years prior to that, Dr. Chapman was the public health officer and deputy director of public health in Solano County, California. From 1998 to 2004, he worked at the California Department of Health Services as the founding chief of the Medicine and Public Health section.
Dr. Chapman has a medical degree from the University of Southern California, a Masters in public health from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science from University of California, Irvine. He has completed fellowships in academic medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and graduated in the inaugural class of the California Health Care Foundation’s Health Care Leadership Program. Before entering public health practice Dr. Chapman was on the faculty at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He is the American Medical Association 2008 Dr. Nathan Davis Award Winner for local government service.
Dr. Chapman’s primary interests are in the areas of care for the uninsured, the interface between public health and medicine, and chronic disease management.