California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly Honored with CSAC Distinguished Service Award
November 20, 2020
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SACRAMENTO – During the 126th Annual Meeting of The California State Association of Counties® (CSAC), the statewide organization representing all 58 counties, Orange County Supervisor and CSAC President Lisa Bartlett presented California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly with the 2020 CSAC Distinguished Service Award. The CSAC Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals who have made significant public policy contributions in support of California Counties, and Secretary Ghaly has worked hand-in-hand with California Counties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Perhaps more than any of his predecessors, Secretary Ghaly understands the state and county partnership, which has been key to managing multiple crises and protecting public health during the pandemic and beyond,” said Supervisor Bartlett. “He has made himself available almost anytime, day or night, weekday or weekends, for countless calls with CSAC Officers, rural counties, and public health jurisdictions. We are grateful for his commitment and dedication to protecting California’s communities.”
Secretary Ghaly’s knowledge of the intricacies of County public health was gained first hand over 15 years in County health leadership roles in San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties. In San Francisco City/County, he was Medical Director of the Southeast Health Center, a public health clinic located in the Bayview Hunters Point community. In 2011, he became the Deputy Director for Community Health and Integrated Programs for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services for seven years before being named California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary last year.
The California State Association of Counties is the voice of California’s 58 counties at the state and federal level.