Health Services Department Alternate
Dan joined the Contra Costa County Health Services team as Director of Public Health in the summer of 2015 with nearly 20 years of executive leadership experience. He formerly led the Santa Clara County Health Department and prior to that served as the Public Health Director in Deschutes County, Oregon. Dan is adept a building organizational infrastructure and community partnerships as well as conveying the value of population based strategies for improving community health.
Dan speaks regularly on the environmental and social determinants of health and is committed to addressing inequities in chronic disease, tobacco addiction, injury, violence and material child health. Additionally, he is a leader in helping communities and health systems address the growing opioid epidemic. He has served as a Board Director or Commissioner for numerous organizations including, FQHC’s, Health Consortiums, Health Insurance and Coverage Plans, and local AB109 Re-Entry efforts. He is the past President of the County Health Executives Association of California.
He is skilled at leveraging public and organizational policy as a strategy to advance health improvement and close gaps in health disparity.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dan grew up in the greater Seattle area, is an outdoor enthusiast and believes that family, friends, colleagues and community are at the heart of good health and wellness.