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Dr. Wada started work as the director/health officer for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department in March 2010. Previously, he was the Pasadena's health officer, and oversaw all health issues that affect Pasadena and all medical services provided by the Pasadena Public Health Department. Services include direct clinical services, disease surveillance and epidemiology, communicable disease control, health policy and promotion programs, environmental health (including restaurant inspections) and bioterrorism and emergency preparedness.

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Dr. Stephen W. Munday is the health officer for Imperial County. In this state-appointed role, he works closely with the Imperial County Public Health Department to protect the health of county residents. He provides counsel and direction to the county Board of Supervisors and oversees communicable disease control in the county.

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Dr. Martin Fenstersheib is the health officer for Santa Clara County. In this state-appointed role, Fenstersheib works closely with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, part of the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System. Fenstersheib began working for Santa Clara County in 1984 and has served as its health officer and public health medical director since 1994. He is board-certified in pediatrics, public health and preventive medicine.

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Dr. Karen Furst is the health officer for San Joaquin County. In this state-appointed role, she works closely with San Joaquin County Public Health Services to protect the health of county residents.

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Dr. Joseph Cassady is the public health officer for Yuba County and works with the Yuba County Health and Human Services Department.

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Dr. John A. Walker is the health officer for Stanislaus County. In this state-appointed role, he works closely with the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency to protect the health of county residents. Walker is responsible for assessing the community's health status and for directing local government-mandated health protection functions.

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Dr. Hugh Stallworth is the health officer for Monterey County. In this state-appointed role, he works closely with the Monterey County Health Department to ensure the health of county residents. His responsibilities include technical, scientific and medical oversight of all county public health programs. As the county's health officer, he also enforces regulations, statutes and rules prescribed by the California Department of Health.

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Dr. Anthony Iton was named the senior vice president for health communities at The California Endowment in August 2009. Iton oversees the endowment's 10-year, Building Healthy Communities California Living 2.0 initiative. Prior to joining the endowment, Iton served as director of and health officer for the Alameda County Department of Public Health. He had a state-mandated responsibility to protect the county's health and had authority over all medical care and public health for the county. Previously, Iton was director of health and social services for the city of Stamford, Conn.

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