Web Forum

Got Data? California Counties Take Action with the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Program
Friday, May 18, 2012 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific

This Web Forum is sponsored by the Public Health Institute with grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Population level datasets are critical in developing effective public health policies and programs. Now more than ever, data must be leveraged to communicate the need for community investment and maximize program resources. Using county-level rankings is one method of drawing attention to critical public health issues by demonstrating that where we live matters to our health.

The Web Forum will:

  • How to drill down on data and create GIS maps to illustrate particular areas of local need, supporting action on policy objectives;
  • How to connect with colleagues around the country to share best practices and lessons learned; and
  • How your peers are using the Commons to advance their policy-related efforts.







    Phillip O. González
    Program Director
    Community Catalyst
    Boston, MA

    Phillip O. GonzálezPhillip González serves as Project Director for the Roadmaps to Health Community Grants program. As Project Director for the Roadmaps to Health Community Grants, Phillip oversees the provision of grant funding and technical support to local partnerships of policy-makers, business, education, health care, and community organizations that are working to create positive policy change to address the social and economic factors that impact the health of people in their community. Before joining Community Catalyst, Phillip served as Director of Grantmaking for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont. (www.communitycatalyst.org)

    Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH
    Public Health Officer
    County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency
    California Conference of Local Health Officers
    San Diego, CA

    Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH Dr. Wooten has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as the Deputy Health Officer and now serving as the Public Health Officer since February 2007. In her current role, she has oversight for almost 500 employees and a budget of approximately $100M, serving a county of 3.1 million residents. She is a Board member for the California Conference of Local Health Officers, currently serving a two-year term as President, and the Health Officers Association of California. Dr. Wooten is board-certified in Family Medicine and has a Master’s degree in Public Health. She received both professional degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC. In 1989, she completed a preventive medicine residency with emphasis in sports medicine in the joint San Diego State University (SDSU), Graduate School of Public Health University of California San Diego program. (www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa and www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cclho/Pages/default.aspx)

    Evy Trevino, MSE, MPH
    Public Health Program Coordinator
    Healthy Communities Program
    San Bernardino County Department of Public Health
    San Bernardino, CA

    Evy Trevino, MSE, MPHEvy Trevino is Program Coordinator for the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health’s Healthy Communities Program, a countywide strategic initiative to create healthier environments and promote healthful lifestyle choices for all county residents. The Healthy Communities Program provides support and technical assistance such as local health statistics and specific recommendations for policy and environmental strategies to improve residents’ health. Prior to this assignment Evy was a statistician for the Department of Public Health. Before entering the public sector she worked in the aerospace industry for over fifteen years in systems engineering including research, development, testing, and evaluation. (www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/dph)

    Muntu Davis, MD, MPH
    Health Officer
    Alameda County
    CA Conference of Local Health Officers
    Oakland, CA

    Muntu Davis, MD, MPHDr. Muntu Davis is the Health Officer for Alameda County in Oakland, California. As the County Health Officer, he is focused on improving health, preventing communicable disease outbreaks, and reducing the burden of both acute and chronic disease by tackling the root causes of poor health that limit quality of life and lifespan in many of California's low-income communities. (www.acphd.org and www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cclho/Pages/default.aspx)

    Alex Desautels, MSW
    Local Policy Manager
    Alameda County Public Health Department
    Oakland, CA

    Alex Desautels, MSWAlex Desautels is the Local Policy Manager at the Alameda County Public Health Department. She oversees local policy activities at the intersection of health and economics, education, criminal justice, housing, land use, and transportation. Advancing equity though local policy and systems change is a core component of the Department’s strategy for eliminating racial, social-economic, and geographic inequities in health outcomes. Alex joined the Public Health Department while earning her Masters of Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley, with an emphasis on policy, planning, and organizational development. Before moving to California, she worked in violence and teen pregnancy prevention and youth development programs in Washington, DC, her hometown. Outside of work, Alex spends as much time as possible enjoying nature, friends, family, and good food with her little girl and husband. (www.acphd.org)


    Matthew Marsom
    Vice President
    Public Health Policy and Advocacy
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Matthew MarsomAs Vice President for Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests. (www.phi.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

González/Community Catalyst

Wooten/County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency


Trevino/San Bernardino County Department of Public Health

Davis and Desautels/Alameda County Public Health Department



The following websites provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

County Health Roadmaps| County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
County Health Status Profiles 2012 | California Department of Public Health
Alameda County Public Health Department
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health
Beyond Urban Centers | Interactive Tool and Report
Humboldt Partnership for Active Living | HumPAL
Health Impace Assessment of the General Plan Update | Humboldt County
Healthy Planning | Public Health Law & Policy
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Cycling and Rural Mobility Conference | Velo Village | June 21-23, 2012 | Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada


Healthy Communities; Healthy County: San Bernardino, Calif.

Retrieved from: http://youtu.be/1Qss4NEG_-o


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

Public Health Institute Logo Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH)

Public Health Institute

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute