Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health, today introduced the members of the new Public Health Advisory Committee and launched California’s Public Health Week.
The Public Health Advisory Committee will advise the Director of the California Department of Public Health on policies to improve the health and safety of Californians. The Committee also will identify emerging public health issues and assist with the development of strategies to improve public health.
“I am confident that California will be well served by the distinguished members of this committee, all of whom are volunteering their time and expertise to protect and promote the health and well being of all Californians,” said Horton.
When the law creating the new Department of Public Health was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, the statute also established a 15-member Public Health Advisory Committee. The Committee members serve on a voluntary basis and do not receive any compensation.
The members introduced today are:
Dolores Apodaca, Los Angeles Unified School District
Dr. Rodney Borger, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Robin Cox, Solano County Health & Social Services
Jeannette Dong, Peralta Community Colleges
Dr. Jonathon Fielding, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Cynthia Gόmez, Health Equity Institute
Susan Harrington, Riverside County Department of Public Health
Dr. Anthony Iton, Alameda County Public Health Department
Ruth Mulnard, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Franklin Pratt, County of Los Angeles Fire Department
Dr. Stephen Shortell, University of California Berkeley School of Public Health
Carolina Simunovic, Fresno Metro Ministry Environmental Health Director
Harold Sterker, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Ellen Wu, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
Dr. Antronette Yancey, UCLA School of Public Health
The members of the Committee were introduced at the kick off of National Public Health Week held on the steps of the State Capitol. This year’s theme, "Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance,” highlights the direct correlation between climate change and the health of Californians, including increases in infectious diseases, asthma, obesity and other human health-related problems.
“Our efforts to combat climate change will help us protect our treasured resources and prevent this very real and devastating threat to our health and the health of future generations,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I encourage all Californians to continue our legacy of environmental protection by working to reduce our impact on the planet. Working together, we can help keep California healthy and strong.” The Governor’s Proclamation of Public Health Week is posted at http://gov.ca.gov/archive/proclamations .
In conjunction with Public Health Week, many members of the public health community are taking the Healthy Climate Pledge, which asks individuals to make changes in their life to improve the health of the climate such as reducing carbon emissions during the commute to and from work, recycling at home and at work and eating more locally-grown fruits and vegetables.
(See the Public Health Week Flier.)