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Resolve to Get Involved

December 30, 2011

William Walker, MD
Contra Costa Health Services

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The New Year is here and many of us are thinking about our goals for 2012. Family and friends have started sharing some great resolutions, like quitting smoking, exercising more often and getting involved in the community.

If you have not made any resolutions yet, or are looking to add another one to your list, I have a suggestion: Get more involved in the community and help promote healthy living by joining an advisory board.

I‘m Dr. William Walker, Director of Contra Costa Health Services, and today I would like to talk to you about the value of health advisory boards.

In December, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of our Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board, also known as PEHAB. The anniversary celebration was a reminder of what can be achieved when a committed community gets involved in local government.

Advisory boards are made up of subject matter experts and community members like you. Joining an advisory board allows you to take an in-depth look at issues that matter most to you and work with our staff to find solutions to those issues. Although advisory boards do not create policy, they do play an important role in the decision making process.

Throughout its 25 years, PEHAB has been a trailblazer in terms of where health care systems ought to be focusing their energy. The group has taken the lead on things like anti-tobacco efforts, pesticide use, obesity and menu labeling.

There are advisory boards for a variety of topics, such as alcohol and drugs, hazardous materials, mental health, and public and environmental health.

Advisory boards are a direct link between the community, the Health Department and the County Board of Supervisors. They help our department better understand and serve the needs of your community.

Many of our advisory boards, including PEHAB, have open seats. This year, make it a goal to get involved while also improving the quality of life in your community.

For more information or to find out how to join an advisory board, visit our website at

Thank you for listening.

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