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Public Health Accomplishments

OBESITY:

  • Supported the creation of a healthy default beverage ordinance that restricts sugar-sweetened beverages from being offered as part of kids’ meals.

  • Created a first-in-the-nation law requiring restaurants to meet basic nutritional standards for kids’ meals when offering prizes or other incentives that put media pressure toward improving health of meals industrywide

  • Authored Comprehensive Nutritional Standards to improve the nutrition of over 6 million custodial meals served each year by the County and provide guidelines for food and beverages served at County-sponsored meetings and events

  • Eliminated sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) from County-sponsored meetings and events as well as SSB sales from County health facilities.

  • Brought together local partnership to install 100 water bottle filling stations over three years in schools and public spaces across Santa Clara County

TOBACCO / SECOND-HAND SMOKE:

  • Authored comprehensive ordinances to reduce youth smoking and protect residents from secondhand smoke in unincorporated county land by requiring tobacco retail licenses and banning smoking inside multi-unit residences, parks, and outdoor services areas

  • Banned the use of electronic smoking devices in and around County-owned facilities and updated tobacco control ordinances to include electronic smoking devices

  • Adopted regulations banning the sale of flavored tobacco in all but adult-only retailers in unincorporated areas, becoming only the fourth locality and first in the West to regulate flavored tobacco sale

  • Made all County hospitals and clinics smoke-free and strengthened enforcement of smoke-free zones in and around all other County public buildings

SEXUAL HEALTH:

  • Launched the Getting to Zero Initiative in Santa Clara County to achieve Zero new HIV infections, Zero HIV-related discrimination, and Zero HIV/AIDS-related deaths.

  • Secured funding in the Santa Clara County budget to augment sexual health programs, including expanded STD testing, increased public awareness campaigns, at-home HIV testing, and case management services for homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS

  • Authored a resolution urging Congress and the Food and Drug Administration to repeal its lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men

HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY PLANNING:

  • Launched a program to develop universal screening for developmental disabilities in all County pediatric settings that utilizes an easy and affordable electronic assessment tool

  • Created policies to reduce the psychotropic and antipsychotic overmedication of youth on probation and in foster care, including prohibiting County contractors from accepting incentives from pharmaceutical companies or representatives and securing funding for a public health nurse to oversee the implementation

  • Secured budget funding for Hepatitis B Prevention Coordinator position that will enable the Public Health Department to better address the disparity in infection rates in the API community

  • Secured funding for health assessments of the LBGT and African American communities in Santa Clara County

  • Developed a targeted outreach plan to distribute Hepatitis C information to the Ethiopian community

  • Advocated for the inclusion of a Health Element in the General Plan

  • Created a Health Care Reform Implementation Stakeholders' Working Group to help prepare the county for healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act

LOW-INCOME HEALTHCARE:

  • Steered Measure A funding toward expanding Healthy Kids to 400% of poverty line

  • Secured $25,000 to bring the California Dental Association free dental clinic to Santa Clara County which served 2,002 low-income residents

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS:

  • Created an invigorated employee wellness program to improve productivity and decrease health costs

  • Brought a Community Supported Agriculture program to the County Government Center

ORGANIZATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Restored $8 million in cuts to the Public Health, Mental Health, and Drug and Alcohol Services Departments

  • Secured funding for a program manager and data analyst to help design a High Need/High Services Program

  • Advocated for merging the Mental Health & Drug and Alcohol Services Departments into a combined Behavioral Health Department

VIOLENCE PREVENTION:

  • Sponsored a gun buyback event for Santa Clara County that took 1,116 guns off the street

  • Secured budget funding for a County-wide domestic violence coordinator and created a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Intimate Partner Violence

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Last updated: 2/8/2018 4:18 PM