Health Officers Association of California

Welcome to HOAC

HOAC represents the physician health officers in California's city and county jurisdictions. We conduct special projects to advance the practice of public health in California, provide public health-focused Continuing Medical Education for physicians, and provide technical expertise to the state legislature on matters related to public health.

If the information you are looking for is not on our website, call our office between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday: 916-441-7405

HOAC Plans a Continuing Medical Education Session on Valley Fever

HOAC is working with several experts to plan a half-day session on coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) worth 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Topics covered will include epidemiology, mycology, special populations, clinical features, and case review. The registration fee of $60 will include refreshments, materials, and CME certificate.

Watch this space for more information.

HOAC Welcomes New Executive Director

On September 30, 2014, Bruce Pomer retired after 31 years at HOAC, 20 of them as executive director.

On October 1, 2014, Kat DeBurgh was appointed as HOAC's new executive director. She began work at HOAC in 2005, and earned her Masters in Public Health, with assistance from the HOAC Board of Directors, in 2011. Ms. DeBurgh and Mr. Pomer worked together on a three-year transition plan to train her to take over as the executive director.

HOAC thanks Mr. Pomer for his lifetime of service to HOAC and to public health, and looks forward to a new era under Ms. DeBurgh's leadership.

Health in All Policies Implementation Project funded by The California Endowment

With the generous support of The California Endowment, HOAC has been working to implement SCR 47 (DeSaulnier), a concurrent resolution passed by the California legislature in 2012 that called on the state government to consider health when enacting a variety of policies, whether or not such policies seem to be related to health. A variety of factors, including transportation, housing, education, and criminal justice all have measurable effects on the health of our state's population.

On December 12, HOAC sponsored a training for legislative staff on health in all policies, including how to perform a health lens analysis on bills that may not seem to be related to health. This training was made possible by a grant from The California Endowment, and was cosponsored by Human Impact Partners and Assemblymember Richard Pan, MD.

During the legislative session, HOAC and its partners created a health lens analysis for three bills that were not directly related to health: AB 420, AB 2345, and SB 935.

You can read the final report for this project, including the valuable lessons we learned, in our final report.

State Legislation

The 2013-2014 California state legislative session is now over. HOAC proudly sponsored two bills, AB 1667 (Williams) and AB 1898 (Brown). Both of these bills were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Click here for our list of tracked bills.

Please send questions or comments to Kat Deburgh (