June 4, 2012
A newly appointed task force is charged with developing a 10-year plan for major health improvements in California.
California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana S. Dooley announced the Let’s Get Healthy California Monday, naming 24 members, whose appointments are approved by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Task force members include Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Dr. Steven Packer, president and CEO of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. They'll serve alongside a number of major insurance company CEOs and think tank leaders, as well as other state lawmakers and physicians.
The task force's report, due Dec. 15, is expected to include strategies for reducing diabetes, childhood obesity and hypertension, cutting back the hospital readmission rate, and increasing the number of children receiving recommended vaccines.
More broadly, the group is charged with evaluating and prioritizing best practices to improve healthcare, cut costs, promote personal responsibility for health and advance equity in health.
“With the knowledge, diversity and experience of these appointees and the support of so many others committed to our success, I look forward to receiving an innovative plan to reduce the burdens of chronic and preventable diseases and improve the health of all Californians,” Dooley said in a statement.
The task force kicks off with its first meeting June 11 in Los Angeles.