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Governor Names New State Public Health Leader

December 10, 2020

Governor Newsom today appointed San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón to lead the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and serve as the state’s Health Officer. Dr. Aragón is a welcome addition to CPDH, where newly appointed State Epidemiologist and former Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan has been holding down the fort during this difficult time. Dr. Aragon replaces former CDPH Director Dr. Sonia Angell, who resigned abruptly this summer.

The state’s new Health Officer has served in San Francisco City and County as Director of the Population Health Division for the San Francisco Department of Public Health since 2011 and is a volunteer faculty member for the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Dr. Aragón will need to be confirmed by the Senate when they convene early next year. CSAC and California’s counties welcome Dr. Aragón to his new statewide role.

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