Health Officers Association of California

Welcome to HOAC

HOAC represents the physician health officers in California's city and county jurisdictions. We conduct special projects to advance the practice of public health in California, provide public health-focused Continuing Medical Education for physicians, and provide technical expertise to the state legislature on matters related to 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

AB 1667 is signed into law

HOAC is proud to be the sponsor of AB 1667 (Williams), a bill to replace universal tuberculosis (TB) testing of school employees and volunteers with universal TB risk assessment screening and testing only if indicated. The governor signed this bill on September 15, and the new law will go into effect on January 1, 2015.

By changing state law around TB testing of teachers, we will reduce TB drug testing shortages, eliminate the unnecessary treatment of individuals who receive a false positive result, and save our resources for those who are at risk of TB. Local health officers still have the authority to increase testing if local conditions warrant that approach. This bill was sponsored by a variety of educational and health organizations and had no opposition. HOAC would like to thank The Honorable Das Williams for authoring the bill, and our members and supporters for their vital help in passing this legislation.

Health in All Policies Implementation Project funded by The California Endowment

With the generous support of The California Endowment, HOAC has been working to implement SCR 47 (DeSaulnier), a concurrent resolution passed by the California legislature in 2012 that called on the state government to consider health when enacting a variety of policies, whether or not such policies seem to be related to health. A variety of factors, including transportation, housing, education, and criminal justice all have measurable effects on the health of our state's population.

On December 12, HOAC sponsored a training for legislative staff on health in all policies, including how to perform a health lens analysis on bills that may not seem to be related to health. This training was made possible by a grant from The California Endowment, and was cosponsored by Human Impact Partners and Assemblymember Richard Pan, MD.

During the legislative session, HOAC and its partners created a health lens analysis for three bills that were not directly related to health: AB 420, AB 2345, and SB 935.

You can read the final report for this project, including the valuable lessons we learned, in our final report.

Fall Meeting to be held in Sacramento, October 1-3

HOAC and CCLHO are pleased to hold their semiannual membership meetings and jointly provide a CME activity in Sacramento on October 1-3. Click here for the agenda and registration materials.

State Legislation

Click here for our list of tracked bills.

Please send questions or comments to Kat Deburgh (deburgh@calhealthofficers.org).