Build a culture of health for all Californians, reduce disparities and contain health costs through education and state level advocacy for new and sustained funding to promote health equity and prevent the leading causes of illness and injury, particularly through upstream primary prevention.
Our Foundational Principles
The California Alliance for Prevention Funding supports establishment of a statewide mechanism to assure long term, sustainable funding of local and state initiatives to promote health equity and prevent the leading causes of illness, injury, and premature death in California.
Funding should support policies, systems and environmental changes and community programs that work outside of health care settings to make California's communities more conducive to health.
Funds should be distributed and coordinated among: local health departments; community-based, regional and statewide nonprofit organizations; and state government according to established criteria.
Funds must benefit all Californians and promote greater equity and health, reaching residents from urban to rural areas, young and old, and across California’s diverse races and ethnicities.
The California Alliance for Prevention Funding is generously supported by
The Blue Shield of California Foundation
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Lynn Silver, a pediatrician and public health advocate, is Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI) and Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco. She founded and co-chairs the California Alliance for Prevention Funding. She focuses on policies to prevent noncommunicable disease, its risk factors and inequitable impact. Silver was Assistant Health Commissioner of New York City under Mayor Bloomberg, leading innovative policy work such as the nation’s first trans-fat ban, calorie labeling law and the National Salt Reduction Initiative, and supported innovative tobacco control policies and programs. She served as Health Officer for Sonoma County, California. At PHI, she has worked on the Berkeley coalition that led the nation’s first successful soda tax effort, which is now funding public health and nutrition in that city and has collaborated on soda tax campaigns in other cities, states and countries. More recently she began the Getting It Right from the Start project to promote public health oriented regulation of legalized marijuana and capture of marijuana taxation review for prevention and health equity. Silver received her MD and MPH degrees and pediatric training from Johns Hopkins University, and was previously a visiting scholar of international heath at the Karolinska Institute. She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, World Bank, Low Income Investment Fund, private foundations, counties and hospitals and is on the Board of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. She was the recipient of the Unsung Heroes of Public Health Wavemaker award.
Kat DeBurgh, MPH
Kat DeBurgh has a B.A. in politics from UC Santa Cruz and an MPH from the University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill. She has been with the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) since 2005. She began as an administrative assistant, then became the legislative assistant, assistant director, Director of Governmental Affairs, and was appointed executive director in 2014.
HOAC represents the physician health officers appointed by the local governments in California's 58 county and 3 city health jurisdictions. California's health officers are involved in every aspect of public health in California, and so is HOAC, as it fulfills its core mission to optimize the impact of health officers to improve health and well-being for all.
Tracey Rattray, MPH, MSW
Tracey Rattray, MPH, MSW is the Executive Director of the California Alliance for Prevention Funding, working with partners to advocate for creation of a State Wellness Trust that will provide sustained, dedicated funding for chronic disease and injury prevention. Previously she was the Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Contra Costa Health Services, leading nationally recognized programs focused on tobacco prevention, nutrition, physical activity, youth development, and promotion of a healthy built environment. Her passion is the intersection of health and social justice, and her earlier work experience focused on a range of issues including domestic violence, early childhood mental health, and international maternal and child health.
Shauna Olsen, MPH
Shauna Olsen is a Program Associate with the California Alliance for Prevention Funding at PHI where she began as an intern while pursuing a graduate degree in public health. She received her MPH from the University of San Francisco and has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from UC Davis. Shauna has experience in health education, project management and business development. She pursued a career in public health wanting to work towards reducing the social and environmental determinants of health that cause inequity and is excited to be helping create a sustainable source of funding for chronic disease and injury prevention that will improve the lives of all Californians.
Kiara Gonzalez provides communications and administrative support to the project. She received her Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Gonzalez has experience working with non-profits and health initiative programs such as the Berkeley Student Cooperative and the Healthy Hearts Clinic at the Children's Hospital Oakland. Her interests include public health and immigration reform. She hopes to one day aid in the healing of burn victims as a practicing physician.