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File #: 2020-0233   
Type: Consent Calendar Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/28/2020 In control: Human Resources
On agenda: 3/10/2020 Final action:
Title: Interim Health Officer Appointment
Department or Agency Name(s): Health Services
Attachments: 1. Summary Report, 2. Agreement, 3. Resolution
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To: Board of Supervisors of Sonoma County

Department or Agency Name(s): Department of Health Services

Staff Name and Phone Number: Barbie Robinson, 565-7876

Vote Requirement: Majority

Supervisorial District(s): Countywide

 

Title:

Title

Interim Health Officer Appointment

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Recommended Action:

Recommended action

A)                     Adopt a resolution appointing Dr. Sundari Mase to the position of Interim Health Officer for the County of Sonoma effective March 10, 2020.

B)                     Authorize the Director of Health Services to execute an agreement with Dr. Sundari Mase to provide Interim Health Officer services in an amount not-to-exceed $200,000 through September 1, 2020.

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Executive Summary:

The Board of Supervisors appoints the County Health Officer in accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 101000. The Health Officer reports to the Board through the Director of Health Services. The County Health Officer provides leadership for the protection of public health, enforcement of public health regulations, and serves as an advisor to elected and appointed officials, members of the medical profession, and the public on matters affecting health and safety.

Dr. Celeste Philip, who was appointed County Health Officer on April 9, 2019, has notified the County of her resignation, effective March 16, 2020. In addition, the position of Deputy Health Officer has been vacant since mid-January. As such, the County has an immediate need to appoint an Interim Health Officer pending recruitments to fill these positions.

This item requests adoption of a resolution appointing Dr. Sundari Mase to the position of Interim Health Officer for the County of Sonoma. In addition, this item requests approval to execute an agreement with Dr. Sundari Mase for Interim Health Officer services. If approved, Dr. Mase will assume the role of Interim Health Officer on March 10, 2020.

 

Discussion:

The Board of Supervisors appoints the County Health Officer in accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 101000. The Health Officer reports to the Board through the Director of Health Services. The County Health Officer provides leadership for the protection of public health, enforcement of public health regulations, and serves as an advisor to elected and appointed officials, members of the medical profession, and the public on matters affecting health and safety.

Dr. Celeste Philip, who was appointed County Health Officer on April 9, 2019, has notified the County of her resignation, effective March 16, 2020. In addition, the position of Deputy Health Officer has been vacant since mid-January. As such, the County has an immediate need to appoint an Interim Health Officer.

This item requests adoption of a resolution appointing Dr. Mase to the position of Interim Health Officer for the County of Sonoma. In addition, this item requests approval to execute an agreement with Dr. Sundari Mase for Interim Health Officer services. If approved, Dr. Mase will assume the role of Interim Health Officer on March 10, 2020.

Dr. Mase is located in the Bay Area. She received her M.D. from University of California, San Francisco, and has a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from UC, Berkeley, School of Public Health. For the last 14 years, Dr. Mase has been in various roles controlling and researching Tuberculosis for such organizations as World Health Organization, Country Office for India, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Dr. Mase will assume responsibility for leading the Public Health Division of the Department of Health Services. A focal point of her duties is preparing the County’s response to COVID-19, including acting as the County’s spokesperson on matters related to the COVID-19 outbreak and working with various government organizations, local hospitals, clinics, and other health care organizations. She will provide direction and collaborate on implementation of the Department of Health Services Strategic plan, will work to develop and implement health policies that improve community health in Sonoma County, and will ensure that Board of Supervisors’ priorities are met. She will work with community partners on local initiatives including, but not limited to, the local food system, water and environmental quality, dental health for children and adults, and the health care delivery system integration supporting the “Triple Aim” of improved care, decreased cost, and increased access.

 

Prior Board Actions:

On April 2, 2019 the Board adopted a resolution appointing Dr. Celeste Philip to the position of Health Officer for the County of Sonoma effective April 9, 2019.

 

Fiscal Summary

 Expenditures

FY 19-20 Adopted

FY 20-21 Projected

FY 21-22 Projected

Budgeted Expenses

135,000

65,000

 

Additional Appropriation Requested

 

 

 

Total Expenditures

135,000

65,000

0

Funding Sources

 

 

 

General Fund/WA GF

 

 

 

State/Federal

135,000

65,000

 

Fees/Other

 

 

 

Use of Fund Balance

 

 

 

Contingencies

 

 

 

Total Sources

135,000

65,000

0

 

Narrative Explanation of Fiscal Impacts:

Funding for the agreement for Interim Health Officer services is from 1991 Health Realignment and salary savings from the vacant Health Officer position.

 

Staffing Impacts:

 

 

 

Position Title (Payroll Classification)

Monthly Salary Range (A-I Step)

Additions (Number)

Deletions (Number)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrative Explanation of Staffing Impacts (If Required):

N/A

 

Attachments:

Resolution, agreement

 

Related Items “On File” with the Clerk of the Board:

N/A