The Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) is a membership organization representing the physician health officers in California’s city and county jurisdictions. We provide public health-focused Continuing Medical Education for physicians, provide technical expertise to the state legislature on matters related to public health, engage in advocacy, and conduct other special projects to advance public health.


Optimize the impact of health officers to improve health and well-being for all.

HOAC Membership


Services Provided for Membership Dues

HOAC is a membership organization funded by city and county members. Services provided to members include

  1. Reduced rate for our twice yearly sessions to provide public health-related Continuing Medical Education
  2. Tracking of all legislation, and weekly legislative reports on bills pertinent to public health
  3. Updates on the status of the state budget
  4. Special reports on regulatory issues and court decisions impacting the practice of public health at the local level
  5. Provision of technical information to the legislature on the practice of public health at the local level
  6. Sponsorship of legislation on key disease prevention issues related to the public’s health
  7. HOAC provides a voice for California’s physician health officers on important issues, whether we are participating in a Cal EPA hearing on cap and trade agreements or visiting Congressional offices to ask for the inclusion of public health language in national health care reform legislation

HOAC Board of Directors


Directors at Large

Karen I. Relucio, MD
Napa County

Muntu Davis, MD, MPH
Past President
Los Angeles County

Claudia Jonah, MD
Kern County (retired)

Nancy Williams, MD, MPH
El Dorado County

Joseph P. Iser, MD, DrPH, MSc
Yolo County (retired)

Bela T. Matyas, MD, MPH
Solano County

Cameron Kaiser, MD, MPH
Riverside County (retired)

Robert Benjamin, MD, MPH
City of Berkeley (retired)

Dave Canton, DO, MPH, JD
Merced County (retired)

Robert J. Oldham, MD, MSHA
Placer County

Karen Ramstrom, DO, MSPH 
Shasta County 

Gail Newel, MD, MPH 
Santa Cruz County 

Anissa Davis, MD, MPH 
City of Long Beach

Julie Vaishampayan MD, MPH 
Stanislaus County 

HOAC Staff

Ms. DeBurgh has been working with HOAC since 2005. She earned her undergraduate degree in politics from U.C. Santa Cruz in 2000. With assistance from the HOAC Board of Directors, in 2011, she earned her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was inducted into the Delta Omega Honors Society for Public Health.

Ms. DeBurgh was trained by former executive director Bruce Pomer over a three year transition period. She was appointed executive director of HOAC on October 1, 2014.

Ms. Navarro has been working with HOAC since 2012 after 4 years with Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology, and 10 years with the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. These past positions contributed to her extensive background in customer relations and bookkeeping. She has a Associates Degree in Graphic Communications and is hoping to begin the bachelors in design program at Sacramento State University. Outside of this, she is also studying Urban Permaculture Design and Regenerative Agriculture.

Ms. Navarro lives in Sacramento with her son and spends her free time maintaining an organic garden, practicing yoga, crafting, reading, hiking and dancing.

Mr. Sharp has been working with HOAC since 2019. After studying English, linguistics, and music as an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 2004 from New College of California School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the law review. His years as a Section Coordinator for the California Lawyers Association and Senior Editor and Community Manager of Red Room, a professional networking platform for authors and the publishing industry, contributed to his project management and stakeholder support experience.

Mr. Sharp lives in Sacramento with his husband, where they enjoy gardening, entertaining friends and family, and exploring the history, geography, and cultures of California.

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