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 three options:

Outbreak Management in High-Risk Congregate Settings: Solano County’s Experience

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Solano County developed a new program that focused on outbreak prevention and response among the most vulnerable populations living in congregate facilities: The Integrated Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) COVID Outbreak Response and Infection Prevention Education Program (LTCF CORE Program). The LTCF CORE Program has responded to more than 500 outbreaks and contributes to significantly lower death rates in Solano County compared to other areas.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Kay Brown, Senior Public Health Nurse, Solano County Public Health
    • Casey Gallagher, Health Educator, Solano County Public Health
    • Tara Scheuer, Senior Epidemiologist, Solano County Public Health

Aligning the Community Health Workforce: Equity and Innovation in the Age of CalAIM

Some local health departments may struggle to attract, recruit, retain, and promote a workforce that represents the full experiential, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the community. With the expansion of the workforce for COVID-19 response and the advent of CalAIM’s Community Health Worker (CHW) funding, now is an ideal time to expand and align the Community Health Worker job classification to bring together the human and financial resources to build a sustainable and equitable community-based health workforce.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Tuere Anderson, Director of Systems Integration, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
    • Evette Brandon, Director of Quality Improvement and Accreditation, Alameda County Public Health Department
    • Lisa Monroe, Physician Assistant, Alameda Health System
    • Dantia Hudson, Program Director, Alameda County Health Coach Apprenticeship Program

Leveraging Partnerships to Increase Access to Vaccines Equitably: Perspectives from Butte County

Butte County Public Health’s disaster response in review: how the department’s long term established partnerships with local hospitals and higher education shaped the response to COVID-19 and allowed the County to quickly establish mass vaccine clinics as well as ongoing community and mobile clinics to meet the needs of our diverse community.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Danette York, Director, Butte County Public Health
    • Erin Cox, Division Director, Butte County Public Health
    • Kristy Bonnifet, Program Manager, Butte County Public Health
    • Jodi Putnam, Division Director, Butte County Public Health

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Developing a Health Equity Framework for Investment to Address COVID-19 in Long Beach, CA

The Long Beach Health and Human Services Department’s Health Equity Framework for Investment focuses on streamlining grant making processes and investing in the capacity of community organizations and the power of people to support neighborhoods. In bringing together data and historical context, these investments will address the context/predisposing factors as well as the disproportionate negative health impacts of COVID-19 across the city. Come hear about the new tool!

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Kelly Colopy, Director, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
    • Erica Valencia-Adachi, Collective Impact Bureau Manager, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
    • Jeremy Scruggs, Racial and Health Equity Manager, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
    • Cynthia Howell, Long Beach Recovery Officer, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

Collective Action: Addressing Gaps in Substance Use, Overdoses, and Recovery

Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) teams have proven to be a valuable tool for informing strategic planning, policy change, and other program improvements at the local and state level. An OFR team has the capability to strengthen partnerships among many entities that share the common goal of reducing overdoses within their communities. This presentation will discuss challenges/barriers, lessons learned, and successes the Riverside Overdose Data to Action (RODA) Program experienced when building an OFR team in Riverside County.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Aaron Gardner, Epidemiology, Riverside University Health System - Public Health
    • Wendy Hetherington, Branch Chief, Riverside University Health System - Public Health
    • Andrew Jimenez, Program Coordinator, Riverside University Health System - Public Health

Supporting Businesses to Achieve Resiliency and Prepare for Post-Pandemic Recovery

Live Well San Diego is the vision of San Diego County for a region that is building better health, living safely, and thriving. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Live Well San Diego vision was expanded to leverage the County’s collective impact model to advance equity and tailor the COVID-19 response to San Diego’s diverse population of 3.3 million. During this session, participants will learn how a COVID-19 Safe Business Practices Certificate Course provided businesses free online trainings from the County of San Diego and various experts to promote communicable diseases prevention, health principles, safe business practices, and more. The panel will discuss course development and content, communication, lessons learned, and best practices.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Ramona Prado-Lyon, County of San Diego
    • Lizbeth Lopez, County of San Diego
    • Elizabeth Wellbrock, County of San Diego

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Community Engagement as a Key Strategy for Health Equity: Insight from Monterey County

Health inequities are rooted in structural and institutional policies that have led to discrimination, limited access to resources and opportunities, and disparities in political power in various communities. Historically disenfranchised communities lack meaningful involvement in many local jurisdictions’ planning and policy decision-making processes. Meaningful and authentic community engagement is a key strategy in addressing health inequity. The Monterey County Health Department's Planning, Evaluation, and Policy (PEP) Unit will highlight their recent community engagement efforts as part of their overall health equity initiative.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Vicente Lara, Management Analyst III, Monterey County Health Department
    • Krista Hanni, Program Manager, Monterey County Health Department
    • Rosa Gonzalez, Founder, Facilitating Power

“If They Only Knew” – A Collective Memoir of the Madera County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Response

Recovery, resilience, and equity are major markers in a qualitative case study based on 100 interviews with over sixty participants from MCDPH’s Operation MAD COVID-19. In this study, we share a picture of the response experience in the participants’ own words, highlighting major themes of the response, strengths and successes, and lessons learned for the future.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Sara Bosse, Director, Madera County Department of Public Health
    • Bethany Alvey, Administrative Analyst II, Madera County Department of Public Health
    • Stephanie Nathan, Assistant Director, Madera County Department of Public Health

Health Equity Starts with Health Data

COVID-19 has highlighted the deep disparities in health and health access plaguing our communities. It has also underscored that data gaps perpetuate inequities and block progress. This panel of experts will share their thoughts on how California can tackle health equity by planning collaboratively, modernizing data sharing, and building working health data exchanges that include partnerships across multiple sectors, including public health. Panelists will share real California examples, including health data as a utility to provide insights into community conditions and target resources to address disparities. Use cases will be discussed regarding how data sharing has been key to advancing Whole Person Care, CalAIM, and PATH efforts.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Mimi Hall, Vice President of Public Health Innovation, Manifest MedEx
    • Emily Chung, Public Health Director, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency
    • Joshua Dugas, Public Health Director, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health
    • Joe Prado, Assistant Director, Fresno County Department of Public Health

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Innovations in Community Investment: Strategies for Resilience

How can LHJs foster meaningful community partnerships, rather than competition? Revamping procurement and how we think of contracting, Alameda County has stood up Community Coalitions in a way that encourages partnerships among smaller, grassroots organizations with deep ties to specific communities and other, larger community-based organizations (CBOs). Dedicated staff coaches in the Alameda County Public Health Department are supporting these partnerships with technical assistance, training, and capacity building.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Kimi Watkins-Tartt, Director, Alameda County Public Health Department
    • Reyna Perez, Program Director, CAL-PEP
    • Aaron Ortiz, Chief Executive Officer, La Familia
    • Aiyana Knowles, Alameda County Public Health Department
    • Lisa Haefele, Alameda County Public Health Department

Caring and Supporting Public Health Workforce During the Pandemic and Beyond: How to Implement a Self-Care, Resiliency, and Mental Health Support Program

The pandemic has presented significant challenges for the public health workforce while also presenting unique opportunities for growth and development. Learn how to implement a Self-Care and Resiliency Support Program in your local jurisdiction by either leveraging existing resources or developing a support program unique to your jurisdictions needs. In this session, you will hear from the teams at County of San Diego, Health & Human Services, Public Health Services and The City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services about how their programs supported their department’s unique needs. Walk away with ideas on how to build a program like these for your jurisdiction.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Michelle Gentle, Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health Consultant (City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services)
    • Tina Emmerick, Project Coordinator, County of San Diego - Public Health Services

Engaging Community in Emergency Response: Perspectives from Marin County

Marin County’s Community Response Team (CRT) initiative was implemented in response to COVID-19 pandemic. Four CRTs worked with the County to build a public health infrastructure in partnership with the community to support response, recovery and resiliency from public health threats and emergencies.

Facilitator and Panelists include:

    • Randi Lachter, Sr. Program Coordinator, Marin County Public Health
    • Jahmeer Reynolds, Executive Director & Founder, Marin County Cooperation Team
    • Seamus Tomkins, Program Manager, West Marin Community Services

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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:

Santa Cruz
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara

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