Welcome to HOAC

The Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) is a membership organization representing the physician health officers in California’s city and county jurisdictions. We provide public health-focused Continuing Medical Education for physicians, provide technical expertise to the state legislature on matters related to public health, engage in advocacy, and conduct other special projects to advance public health.

If the information you are looking for is not on our website, call our office between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday: 916-441-7405

 

California Medical Association Supports Local Health Officials

Our colleagues at the California Medical Association released a statement on June 4, 2020, in support of local health officials. We join them in thanking our members for all they do.

"California’s response to COVID-19 and our success in flattening the curve has been driven by the leadership of our local county health officers. The California Medical Association is deeply disturbed by the news that some local health officers, many of whom have been working tirelessly over the last three months, have been subject to unfair and uninformed attacks and have become political targets for those seeking to vent their frustrations about what must be done to protect the public at large.

Half a dozen county health leaders are leaving their positions in the coming weeks. All of them have served with distinction and in the interest of public health. We are deeply concerned that politics may be trumping public interest in some of these cases, and that the public’s health may be compromised as a result.

The COVID-19 crisis is not over. We must continue to have a coordinated state and local response that is rooted in science and civility. We must do all we can to support our local health officials who are providing the courage and leadership California needs to continue to navigate this health crisis.”
 


HOAC Releases Documents on Hiring a Local Health Officer

HOAC has created resources for counties or cities needing to hire a new health officer. HOAC staff is available if you have any questions.


HOAC Releases Report on Community Immunity by Legislative District

Using publicly available data, HOAC has found that there are 835 schools in California who have a kindergarten MMR immunization rate of less than 95%. 397,887 children attend these schools. HOAC has released a report listing these schools by state legislative district. You can read the report here.


HOAC's Legislative Program

To view our bill tracking reports and see our position statements, please see our legislation page
 

Join HOAC's Communications Learning Collaborative


Through generous funding from The California Endowment, HOAC's Public Health Communications Project has gathered a great deal of useful communications tools for local health department. Click here to see the tools and to add your own. 


SB 792 (Mendoza) Went into Effect in 2016

HOAC was proud to sponsor SB 792 (Mendoza), which Governor Brown signed into law in 2015. This new law requires day care workers to be immunized against pertussis, measles, and influenza. The new law will protect children in California's day care centers and family day care homes against dangerous communicable diseases.

HOAC has developed two fact sheets to help day care centers prepare for implementation of the new law. You can also find useful information through the California Department of Public Health.

Fact sheet for day care owners: Word PDF
Fact sheet for day care workers: Word PDF