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County Health Executives Association of California Launches Campaign to Honor  Local “Public Health Heroes for Recovery”

January 21, 2021

The County Health Executives Association of California (CHEAC) launched “Public Health Heroes for Recovery,” a campaign to honor local leaders across sectors who are partnering with public health officials to save lives and protect their communities from COVID-19.  Californians from business and labor, local community, faith and non-profit organizations, and the arts are supporting local public health officials’ efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reopen our local economies based on data and science.

CHEAC’s ‘Public Health Heroes for Recovery’ campaign recognizes that every Californian has a role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. #PublicHealthHeroes will be featured on CHEAC’s twitter account (@CHEAC) with stories of local heroes’ contributions to the health of their communities.  Recognizing that California’s communities of color have suffered illness and death from the virus in disproportionate numbers, CHEAC will recognize #PublicHealthHeroes whose deep connections in underserved communities are vital to public health. 

The first Public Health Heroes honored by CHEAC are Melinda Cordero-Barzaga with Vision y Compromiso, Luz Gallegos with TODEC, and Father Francisco with Our Lady of Guadalupe, all from Riverside County.  Riverside University Health System, Riverside County’s Public Health Department, selected these individuals and organizations for recognition based on their support and partnership in implementing local public health strategies and guidelines. 

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