Event Date Details:
The event will take place via Zoom webinar, with meeting ID 644-027-449, or click here
County Health Update and Health Equity Efforts
About the Speakers
Van Do-Reynoso, MPH, PhD
Public Health Director for Santa Barbara County
Van Do-Reynoso has extensive experience in public health and health care in California and Mexico. She is active in local, state and national health equity efforts. Her experiences growing up in the US as a Vietnamese refugee has led her to value kindness, integrity, and education. Dr. Do-Reynoso believes that in partnership, we can achieve a healthier community for everyone. Dr. Do-Reynoso will provide an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Santa Barbara County, as well efforts by the health department and other partners to safeguard community health.
Melissa Smith, M.D.
Director of Health Equity Initiatives, UCSB
Melissa Smith is a family medicine physician and Director of Health Equity Initiatives at UC Santa Barbara, where she co-teaches a seminar called “Innovations in Health Equity Research: Participatory Action with Communities.” In addition to having a clinical position in the Santa Maria Health Care Center of the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health, she is involved in collaborative efforts to address health concerns of Latinx and indigenous migrants in Santa Barbara County. Dr. Smith will discuss the cross-sectoral collaborative efforts of the recently formed Latinx and Indigenous Migrant COVID-19 Response Task Force.