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OHE Advisory Committee Members

Advisory Committee Member Bios

The OHE-AC consists of a broad range of experts, advocates, health clinicians, public health professionals, and consumers who understand the importance of the health and mental health disparities and inequities of historically vulnerable, marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented communities.

Dr. Angelo Williams

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Dr. Angelo Williams serves as Deputy Director of the California Black Health Network (CBHN), a 5013c focused on Black Health Equity and creating the conditions for #HealthyBlackPeople. CBHN's cycle of practice includes annual town hall meetings in seven cities statewide, advocacy for policy change at the California State Legislature and a biennial Black Health Agenda convening. Dr. Williams has served in a number of executive leadership capacities including his tenure as a Gubernatorial appointee and Assistant Vice Chancellor at the California Community College Chancellor's Office and as an Education and Family Economic Security Program Officer at the WK Kellogg Foundation. Angelo is active in his community where he serves as a professor of Sociology, African American/African Studies and Public Policy at UC Davis, CSU Sacramento, Sacramento City and Sierra Community Colleges. He is a Senior Fellow with the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program and serves as an executive board member with the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers. Dr. Williams is honored to have received the Distinguished Alumni Award from CSU Sacramento, Champions of Change Award from CSUS Education Department and MBA Magazine's Diverse Executive Leader's Award. 

Lisa Folberg

Lisa FolbergLisa Folberg is the President and CEO of the California Medical Association Foundation. She has expertise in health policy, including health system reform and financing, designing and implementing public health programs, physician practice and ethnic physician organizations, coalition building, health care workforce development, and non-profit administration.

Jo Ann Julien

Jo Ann JulienJo Ann Julien leads the Office of Health Equity within Public Health Services, Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego. She is also on the Center of Excellence for Health Promotion and Health Equity led by the University of California, San Diego.

Jo-Ann's public health career spans 20 years, starting at the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada, the Canadian  equivalent of the Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Jo-Ann has worked in the area of cultural diversity and human rights at the federal level helping to create inclusive institutions.

Jo-Ann speaks French, and holds a B.A. in Communications and a Master's in Education, specializing in Counseling. She is trained in mental health first aid, risk communication, facilitation, deliberative dialogue, regulatory affairs, and public policy and is certified with the International Association of Public Participation. She will make an excellent addition to the Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee.

Nahla Kayali

Nahla KayaliNahla Kayali is the Executive Director and Founder of Access California Services and the Chairperson of the Refugee Forum of Orange County.  Ms. Kayali is described as a foot soldier for her community in making sure individuals and families receive access to quality health and human services.  Ms. Kayali believes in a world in which each individual leads a dignified and enriched life.

Yvette McShan

Yvette McShanYvette McShan is the Chief Operating Officer of Victorious Black Women, an organization she co-founded with a simple but powerful idea back in 2009 that the path towards healing lies in the ability of black women sharing their stories with one another. Her expertise lies in promoting life skills, mentoring, and substance abuse counseling, and she in strong advocate for individuals and communities facing incarceration and re-entry, addiction, and mental illness.

Virginia Hedrick

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Virginia Hedrick is the Director of Policy and Planning for the Consortium for Urban Indian Health.  She is enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe of California and is also of Karuk descent. She currently oversees a statewide initiative addressing opioid use disorder in Urban Indian communities, as well both federal and state health policy. Her prior work includes chronic disease prevention, implementation and policy impacts of the of the Affordable Care Act for California tribes, as well health research. Mrs. Hedrick holds bachelor of arts degrees in Sociology and American Indian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Graduate Certificate in Maternal Child Health Epidemiology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Public Health Degree from Drexel University.


Kismet Baldwin, MD

Kismet bio picKismet Baldwin, MD, is the Health Officer of San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS), providing leadership in a broad array of programs and services to protect, promote, and improve the health and wellbeing of county residents.  Her dedication to public health started with her experiences as a neonatologist, where she saw first-hand the devastating effects that health inequity can have on a community; that dedication has been cemented by further experiences as a health officer.  With a vision that all communities in San Joaquin County will be healthy, safe, equitable, and thriving, Dr. Baldwin and the 235-member staff are dedicated to removing barriers and addressing the root causes of health inequity.  PHS works with colleagues across all sectors -- traditional and non-traditional community partners; private and public entities; with other county agencies and within their own -- to improve the social, economic, and physical conditions that have shortened our more impoverished residents' life-spans by nearly 20 years. 

Manel Kappagoda

Manel KappagodaManel Kappagoda, JD, MPH, is a senior staff attorney and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, a national non-profit that helps communities craft law and policy solutions that address America’s most common and preventable diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and asthma.  Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked for many years at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley as an attorney in the HIV/AIDS law practice. Her areas of expertise include using law and policy tools to improve health access and outcomes in under-resourced communities; obesity prevention and nutrition policy; and public health law.

Patricia Lee

Patricia LeePatricia Lee has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and is currently the Research Scientist for the Office of Medical Director (OMD) in the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Dr. Lee determines potential key areas of research in health disparities and inequities, to be undertaken by OMD, and disseminate findings of scientific research in written reports. Prior to joining the OMD, Dr. Lee worked for the Office of Women’s Health (OWH) in DHCS. Before working for the state, she was an assistant professor in the department of Health Behavior at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, and she was an associate scientist position in the UAB Minority Health Research Center.

Ana Gonzalez-Seda

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Ana González Seda, MPH is the Director Programs for the San Diego/Imperial Valley Chapter for the Alzheimer's Association. She started her position December 2016. She manages the care and support arm of the local chapter and oversees the program department. Ana has worked in the non-profit sector for leading health organizations in San Diego for over 20 years. As a San Diego native, Ana received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from San Diego State University and later earned a Master's Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Services Administration. Ana recently received a certification in Project Management from the University of Redlands. In her free time, Ana enjoys spending time with her vivacious five year old son, Christian and husband, residing in La Mesa.

Simran Kaur

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Simran Kaur is Community Health Specialist for Valley Children's Healthcare overseeing childhood obesity prevention and food insecurity initiatives. She is also Chair for the Fresno County Commission on the Status of Women. Previously, Simran was the Western Region Director for the Sikh Coalition, the nation's largest Sikh civil rights organization. In 2012, she led efforts to pass the California Workplace Religious Freedom Act, now the nation's strongest protection against religious discrimination in the workplace. In the past, Simran has served on the Board of Directors for The Women's Building, a women-led community space and has served as the Affirmative Action Officer on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California. She is an active member of the Sikh American community in California and her work was published in "Her Name is Kaur" an anthology of stories about Sikh American women.

Michael Witte

Michael WitteMichael Witte has been a physician since 1970 and currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the California Primary Care Association, where he works with a dynamic group of health policy experts who support the most vulnerable populations in California. Family medicine and Federally Qualified Health Centers are his primary areas of expertise.
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