The 2021 CHEAC Annual Meeting will feature four breakout sessions, providing attendees the opportunity to share best practices and discuss timely and relevant local health department matters.

During each breakout session, the following selections will be available to attendees:

Select from the following two options:

Embedding Equity in the Emergency Response Structure: Formalizing and Strengthening the Role of the Equity Officer in Emergency Operations During COVID-19 & Beyond

For many jurisdictions, COVID-19 created a critical opportunity to integrate and formalize equity in local emergency operations, often for the first time. This workshop will provide an opportunity for jurisdictions to consider the impact of equity officers in the Emergency Operations Center and how formalizing and institutionalizing equity in emergency response can continue to impact an equitable emergency response during COVID-19 and beyond. The workshop will also explore the challenges faced by equity officers throughout the pandemic response, and areas of opportunity for supporting and strengthening this role during future public health and climate emergencies.

Facilitators and Panelists include:
  • Melissa Jones, Executive Director, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
  • Marley Williams, Health Equity & Justice Manager, Public Health Alliance of Southern California
  • Analilia Garcia, Racial & Health Equity Senior Manager, Santa Clara County Department of Public Health
  • Katie Balderas, Equity Officer, City of Long Beach Office of Equity
  • Reginald Harrison, Director of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Communications, City of Long Beach

A View from Inside: Local Health Department Workforce Innovations

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed significant workforce challenges on California’s local health departments, including difficulties in hiring qualified staff and retaining existing talent. Many local health departments throughout the state have established unique local partnerships and implemented innovative public health education and training opportunities. Join leaders from Contra Costa, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties to hear of these promising partnerships and programs to recruit and retain a skilled public health workforce.

Panelists include:
  • Dan Peddycord, Public Health Director, Contra Costa County
  • Brynn Carrigan, Public Health Director, Kern County
  • Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director, Santa Barbara County
Select from the following two options:

Leveraging Technology Infrastructure in Pandemic Response Efforts

Technology infrastructure plays a major role in the ability of local health departments to adapt to emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will cover an overview of the scope of technology involved in public health pandemic response, challenges faced by jurisdictions, and implementation efforts of new technology infrastructure. Key takeaways from this workshop will assist local health departments in making decisions on infrastructure investments and activities for future emergency response needs.

Facilitators and Panelists include:
  • Christopher Jones, Program Manager, Madera County Department of Public Health
  • Sean Kirkpatrick, Deputy Director - Operations, Madera County Department of Public Health
  • Minh Nguyen, Epidemiologist, Madera County Department of Public Health
  • Si Noon Hong, Microbiologist, Madera County Department of Public Health

Supporting our Communities and Local Public Health Departments During COVID-19 and Beyond: A Roadmap for Equitable and Transformative Change

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immeasurable devastation and loss for individuals, families, communities, our state and nation, but it also has positioned us to transform our systems in a way that was not possible before. This workshop will elevate priority recommendations and steps needed in order to ensure local health departments are well equipped over the long-term to support communities most impacted by inequities in advancing a more equitable and just future. The workshop is based on a report by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Public Health Alliance) that will be released in summer 2021.

Facilitators and Panelists include:
  • Tracey Delaney, Founding Executive Director, Public Health Alliance of Southern California
  • Rohan Radhakrishna, Deputy Director - Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health
  • Kim Saruwatari, Director, Riverside County Department of Public Health
  • Sarah de Guia, Chief Executive Officer, ChangeLab Solutions
Select from the following two options:

Lessons in Data Transparency & Health Equity: Building a Data Transparency Strategy Focused on Health Equity to Engage Community Sectors, Provide Actionable Data, and Inform Decision-Making

COVID-19 demanded that jurisdictions take their data efforts to the next level. During this session, participants will explore successes and lessons learned in the dissemination of a multifaceted data transparency strategy. The panel will discuss how a robust data team was built, the creation of data resources and how data was focused on health equity to best serve the community by promoting transparency and equitable decision-making.

Facilitators and Panelists include:
  • Anita Walia, Agency Executive Coordinator, San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency
  • Hana Feldman, Group Program Manager - Data & Analytics, San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency
  • Seema Shah, Medical Director- Epidemiology & Immunization Services, San Diego County Health & Human Services - Public Health Services
  • Denise Foster, Chief Nursing Officer, San Diego County Health & Human Services

Focus on Equity: Building Partnerships to Enhance Health Access and Outreach in Diverse Communities

During this session, participants will hear from County staff and Community Health Worker (CHW) partners to learn how to use tailored and unique strategies to effectively expand health access and outreach in diverse communities. Innovative new initiatives in San Diego, such as the CHW Communication and Outreach Collaborative and Project SAVE (Scheduling Assistance for Vaccine Equity), will be shared.

Facilitators and Panelists include:
  • Jennifer Navala Coelho, Manager - Community Data & Analytics, San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency
  • Elena Quintanar, Community Health Promotion Specialist, San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency
Select from the following three options:

CHEAC Small County Committee Meeting

The CHEAC Small County Committee will hold its regular business meeting during this time. This generally includes the following jurisdictions:

Alpine Lake Shasta
Amador Lassen Sierra
Butte Madera Siskiyou
Calaveras Mariposa Solano
Colusa Mendocino Sonoma
Del Norte Modoc Sutter
El Dorado Mono Tehama
Glenn Napa Trinity
Humboldt Nevada Tuolumne
Imperial Placer Yolo
Inyo Plumas Yuba
Kings San Benito

CHEAC Suburban LHD Roundtable

Suburban-sized local health departments will have the opportunity to meet to discuss relevant local health department and public health issues with their colleagues. This generally includes the following jurisdictions:

Kern
Marin
Merced
Monterey
Santa Cruz
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara
Stanislaus
Tulare

CHEAC Urban LHD Roundtable

Urban-sized local health departments will have the opportunity to meet to discuss relevant local health department and public health issues with their colleagues. This generally includes the following jurisdictions:

Alameda Sacramento
City of Berkeley San Bernardino
Contra Costa San Diego
Fresno San Francisco
City of Long Beach San Joaquin
Los Angeles San Mateo
Orange Santa Clara
City of Pasadena Ventura
Riverside