Join us and celebrate 50 years of HOAC!

6 pm to 8 pm
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Westin Hotel: 4800 Riverside Blvd in Sacramento
Reserve a room at the HOAC rate of $179 per night
Light refreshments will be provided. There will be a cash bar.

Guests are welcome.

Please RSVP to Kat DeBurgh at 916-441-7405 or

Our History

The Health Officers Association of California was founded in 1969 in order to "promote and improve public health practice in the State of California through increasing the knowledge about the cause, prevention, and cure of diseases, conditions or states detrimental to the health of the people of California."

Since that time, a lot has happened. This timeline was developed by the HOAC Board of Directors in 2014, then added to by HOAC staff. If you would like to contribute any additional information, we'd love to have it. Please contact Kat.
  • 1969 Birth of HOAC
  • 1975 Federal 314d Grant funds HOAC staff
  • 1983 HOAC receives Birth Defects Monitoring funds from state, enabling the hiring of over 100 employees
  • 1983 HOAC hires Bruce Pomer to be director of governmental affairs
  • 1985 HOAC leads AIDS policy battles at state level
  • 1987 HOAC hosts a two-day retreat to discuss the future of public health and the role of the health officer
  • 1989 HOAC loses Birth Defects Monitoring funds, has to let go of all staff except Bruce Pomer
  • 1993 TB legislation
  • 1995 HOAC passes immunization registry legislation
  • 2001 HOAC assessment of local public health pilot
  • 2001 HOAC introduces bioterrorism legislation prior to 9/11
  • 2003 Epidemic of Neglect published in Sacramento Bee
  • 2004 PCRI enables HOAC to hire second staffperson, Kat DeBurgh
  • 2006 Local Emergency Preparedness Assessment
  • 2007 Names reporting for AIDS- HOAC introduces legislation
  • 2007 Five bills sponsored and passed in one year
  • 2007 HOAC Board approves investments in staff development
  • 2009 H1N1 joint legislative hearing
  • 2011 Dues structure enables financial stability for HOAC
  • 2011 Transition Plan introduced by the Executive Director
  • 2012 Bruce Pomer announces his impending retirement
  • 2012 HOAC hires 3rd staffmember, Dalia Navarro
  • 2013 HOAC works with Human Impact Partners to give a “Health In All Policies” training to legislative staff
  • 2014 Bruce Pomer retires and Kat DeBurgh becomes executive director
  • 2015 HOAC hires Brandon Roberts as legislative assistant
  • 2015 HOAC sponsors SB 792 (Mendoza) to require child care workers to be immunized for pertussis, measles, and flu
  • 2015 HOAC receives funds from RWJF to study paid sick leave laws and their relationship to communicable disease rates
  • 2017 HOAC forms a Legislative Committee
  • 2018 Board of Directors meetings move from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, increasing participation
  • 2019 Brandon Roberts leaves HOAC
  • 2019 HOAC hires Huntington Sharp as program assistant
  • 2019 HOAC and CHEAC cosponsor a successful $40 million budget ask for communicable disease infrastructure


Health Officers Association of California
1100 11th Street #323
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-447-2940 (fax)

Please send questions or comments to Kat Deburgh (