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


Public Health Communications Awards Announced

Through the generous support of The California Endowment, HOAC is offering technical assistance and training on communications to local health departments throughout California.

We are incredibly pleased to announce the winners of the HOAC Public Health Communications Awards as part of this project. For more information, click here

HOAC Supports Ban on Powdered Alcohol

HOAC is proud to work with Alcohol Justice to support two bills to ban powdered alcohol in California in 2016: AB 1554 (Irwin) and SB 819 (Huff). At least 27 other states have already banned this harmful product, which may soon be marketed in the United States except where specifically prohibited. This product is ripe for abuse and could easily be marketed to and consumed by children. HOAC thanks Assemblymember Irwin and Senator Huff for taking  action. 


SB 792 (Mendoza) Signed by Governor Brown

HOAC is proud to sponsor SB 792 (Mendoza), which Governor Brown signed into law on October 11. This bill requires day care workers to be immunized against pertussis, measles, and influenza. The new law, which goes into effect September 1, 2016, will protect children in California's day care centers and family day care homes against dangerous communicable diseases.

HOAC has developed a fact sheet to help day care centers prepare for implementation of the new law.

HOAC thanks Senator Mendoza and his staff for their hard work on this important bill. Kat DeBurgh, executive director of HOAC, says "Children under age five are most at risk when it comes to infectious disease. SB 792 will make sure licensed day care centers in California keep these children safe from harm. We thank Senator Mendoza for his hard work in authoring this bill, and Governor Brown for signing it into law."

HOAC Completes Paid Sick Leave Project

In partnership with the Public Health Institute, HOAC has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research paid sick leave laws around the nation. Published papers on this research are forthcoming.

Click here to view a policy brief to inform elected officials about the effects of paid sick leave.