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PHI CEO Mary Pittman Named Expert Advisor to New Health Task Force Ordered by Governor Brown

June 07, 2012 | Anne Sunderland, MPH | Dialogue4Health

Mary Pittman, DrPH, CEO of the Public Health Institute, has been named an Expert Advisor to the new Let's Get Healthy California Task Force.

The Task Force was established pursuant to an Executive Order issued by Governor Brown and is charged with developing a 10-year plan to make Californians healthier. The Task Force will be co-chaired by California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley and Don Berwick, who served as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services until December 2011. Members of the Task Force include leaders from multiple sectors, including healthcare, public health, government, education and labor.

"The Let's Get Healthy California Task Force represents an exciting opportunity to engage a diverse and powerful group of leaders to forge a new, broader concept of health in California," said Pittman. "Health is intrinsically linked to jobs and education, environmental conditions, access to quality healthcare and more. All sectors have a vital role to play in supporting better health amongst Californians, just as all sectors will benefit from a healthier, more productive population."

"I am thrilled to be able to bring PHI's tremendous breadth and depth of expertise to this conversation. PHI has been a leader in the movement to build healthy communities for decades. We continue this work today through a variety of projects, including our California Community Transformation Initiative funded under the Affordable Care Act. Along with the successful efforts of our partners - such as the California Department of Public Health, The California Endowment, local health departments and many others, we've established a solid foundation of work that the Task Force can build upon and expand."

The Task Force is charged with gathering, evaluating and prioritizing the best ideas and practices, and developing a plan to identify obstacles, improve quality, and control costs. The plan will include a 'sensible framework' to measure improvements in key areas including:

  • Reducing diabetes, asthma, childhood obesity, hypertension, and sepsis-related mortality
  • Reducing hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge
  • Increasing the number of children receiving recommended vaccines by age three

Anne Sunderland is a communications specialist at PHI.