For Immediate Release: April 6, 2017
Contact: Jessica Good
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(Santa Ana, CA) – The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) celebrated National Public Health Week by honoring the people, programs, organizations and jurisdictions that help to make Orange County a healthier place to live, work and play. Through public-private partnerships, public health programs thrive. Such partnerships improve population health and get us one step closer to achieving a healthier generation.
In celebration of Public Health Week, HCA staff and community members nominated individuals and organizations for contributions made supporting the priorities identified by the community and the Orange County Health Improvement Partnership which include infant and child health; older adult health; obesity and diabetes; behavioral health, and the public health system. Over 20 nominations were received! HCA is pleased to recognize all of the nominees, with special recognition to the following five individuals and organizations that work with us to improve the health of all Orange County community members and visitors:
MOMS Orange County
Founded in 1992 to address a severe prenatal care crisis in the county, under the direction of Executive Director Pamela Pimental, MOMS now serves more than 3,500 low income, high-risk families annually through case management, monthly home visits, and group classes.

Alzheimer's Orange County
Executive Director Jim McAleer has championed the development of an Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging (OCSPA). The OCSPA process is now well underway, with a widespread community support, seven subcommittees, and an initial set of 18-month goals that will improve the health and well-being of Orange County’s growing senior population.

City of Buena Park
Joel Rosen of the City of Buena Park has led teams of city staff and residents in setting policy and practices that improve the health and safety of Buena Park residents. Community leaders surveyed their neighbors, and with the team of the city staff, they put together a health improvement plan for the city which was brought forward to the City Council for approval.

Sergeant Mike Pixomatis Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Sergeant Michael Pixomatis is a true champion of public health – specifically for the prevention of alcohol and other drugs among youth in Orange County. Over many years he has coordinated and led numerous community and school workshops that educate and support parents by providing the latest information on alcohol and other drugs and prevention tools to apply at home. He is the father of the 3Gs: Guide, Guard, and Govern, and has used this framework when educating adults and parents on topics such as how to prevent underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, and synthetic drugs.

Orange County Asian & Pacific Islander Community Alliance
The Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance was founded in 1997 and focused on research, advocacy, and education around issues of health within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. OCAPICA’s work includes legislative education and advocacy as well as youth, cultural arts, and curriculum development.

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