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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.

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SB 792 (Mendoza) Signed by Governor Brown

HOAC is proud to sponsor SB 792 (Mendoza), which Governor Brown signed into law on October 11. This bill requires day care workers to be immunized against pertussis, measles, and influenza. The new law, which goes into effect September 1, 2016, will protect children in California's day care centers and family day care homes against dangerous communicable diseases.

HOAC has developed a fact sheet to help day care centers prepare for implementation of the new law.

HOAC thanks Senator Mendoza and his staff for their hard work on this important bill. Kat DeBurgh, executive director of HOAC, says "Children under age five are most at risk when it comes to infectious disease. SB 792 will make sure licensed day care centers in California keep these children safe from harm. We thank Senator Mendoza for his hard work in authoring this bill, and Governor Brown for signing it into law."

HOAC Completes Paid Sick Leave Project

In partnership with the Public Health Institute, HOAC has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research paid sick leave laws around the nation. Published papers on this research are forthcoming.

Click here to view a policy brief to inform elected officials about the effects of paid sick leave.

HOAC Launches Communications Project

HOAC has been funded by The California Endowment to implement a Communications Project until December, 2016. Our Communications Project website has 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.