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Dr. Radhakrishna Appointed Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity at California Department of Public Health

by ECT

MARTINEZ, CA – Dr. Rohan C. Radhakrishna, a deputy health officer for Contra Costa County, has been appointed as the new deputy director for the California Department of Public Heath’s (CDPH) Office of Health Equity. The position requires Senate confirmation.

Dr. Radhakrishna will lead the state office, which works to reduce the health disparities experienced by impacted communities in California, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a disproportionate toll on low-income Californians, people of color and others who were already facing longstanding health inequities before the crisis hit.

“I am deeply grateful for Dr. Radhakrishna’s leadership in our mission to care for and improve the health of all Contra Costans, with special attention to our most vulnerable community members,” said Anna Roth, Contra Costa County Health Director. “It is a pleasure to work with him, and I am confident that his skill and energy will benefit all of California at this critical time.”

As deputy health officer for Contra Costa County, Dr. Radhakrishna has helped lead the county’s emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as serving the community during power shutoffs, industrial explosions, wildfire smoke and heat emergencies. He has been the Health Department’s spokesperson for Spanish-speaking media. Since 2019 Dr. Radhakrishna has also served as co-chair of the Health Equity Committee at the California Conference of Local Health Officers.

Dr. Radhakrishna is a family medicine doctor, caring for patients at West County Health Center in San Pablo and served as department chair of Family and Adult Medicine for Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) from 2015 to 2019.

“Ever since I was a nerdy high schooler in Kansas reading critical race theory and deep ecology, I’ve known that racism, socioeconomic inequity, and climate change are the greatest health threats of our past, present and future,” said Dr. Radhakrishna, 40, now a resident of Oakland. “I’m humbled and honored to now work on these exact issues to help create a California For All.”

More recently, he served on the Steering Committee for AB 617 California’s Community Air Protection Program, a state bill to reduce exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution and served as an advisor for California’s Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project and the CDPH’s Center for Healthy Communities.

Dr. Radhakrishna did his residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and was a CCHS Change Agent Fellow.

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Richard Feb 26, 2021 - 2:25 pm

When my wife was seen by him, I commented after to her that he was the best doctor that I’d ever met, in my 69 years. My wife agreed.

Elizabeth Stern Feb 26, 2021 - 5:21 pm

When will a doctor with a name like SAM JONES be appointed to head such an agency? Why is it always someone with an unpronouncable name —- and a foreigner! I don’t care how “good” he is. By the way, a patient really cannot judge a doctor to see whether he’s competent or not. Only another doctor could do that.

This lady is crazy Feb 26, 2021 - 9:15 pm

Dear Elizabeth,

You sound like a 50 year old “Karen”. I’d hate to be your husband, your son, or even your Yorkshire dog.

Go away. You’re bothering me…….

Lizisloser Feb 27, 2021 - 6:45 am

Elizabeth you are so nuts I almost thought u were joking. First a patient can tell if a doctor is good in many ways. Can they assess his full medical knowledge, no. Obviosuly. Can they assess if he made them feel heard, cared for, that he took time to interact with them like people and not a widget on the Kaiser conveyor belt….ABSOLUTLEY. obviously if he was appointed to thia position he has had a long career of other doctors thinking he is great. And guess what anyone of these doctors with names u csnt pronounce would still do their job and keep your bigoted was alive if u were in their hospital. U know why that foreigner is here ….cause he worked harder than most Americans do in med school to prove his worth and get his visa. You know why he got a visa for being a doctor…CAUSE WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH HERE. Your poor kids are gonna have a real tough time in life with the crap u taught them.

DaTruth Feb 27, 2021 - 9:29 am

I had the pleasure to work with him during an internship with the county, I was impressed by his passion, engagement, and involvement with our small group. He definitely is perfect for this position.

Elizabeth Stern Feb 28, 2021 - 3:13 am

GFY, THIS LADY! I am not 50 years old, you dope! I hope I’m bothering you! You’re not my husband because I would never marry AN IDIOT! Our sons and daughters are fine, thank you and we have 2 AKITA dogs, for your information! Guess what, buddy! I’m NOT going away! Just so you know!

Your Mother Feb 28, 2021 - 6:33 am

Elizabeth Stern, you sound just like another run-of-the-mill, grade-A anti-American, Capitol storming, Trump-cult koolaid drinking nincompoop. And I bet you $100 I can guess the color of your neck….

Dan Reagan Feb 28, 2021 - 5:32 pm

Hey YOUR MOTHER! So what? Many people are pro-Trump and would elect him again in a New York Minute. By the way, Trump atually WON. Sleepy “Dementia” Joe did not. He got in through vote manipulation and everybody knows it. The Indian dude they put in that position of Deputy Director of Health Equity at California Dept. of Public Health is the one who is NOT an American. You, YOUR MOTHER, probably don’t have $100 to bet on anything.

Roxanne Fox Mar 1, 2021 - 3:26 am

Hey, Elizabeth Stern! Sock it to this “YOUR MOTHER” imbecile and also to the one calling itself “THIS LADY IS CRAZY.” The other one is LISISLOSER, who is so stupid with his or her idea that a patient, with no medical schooling, can tell if a doctor (physician) is good or not. What have these people been smoking? Stay off the weed, guys! Your brains have already been addled. These three must be STONERS! The Indian guy was probably appointed because they could get him for less money! Same goes for some of the H1-B visa people they import here. Also, successful doctors go into private practice not to work for governmental agencies.

Your Mother Mar 1, 2021 - 7:41 am

Dan Regan, nobody was questioning whether there are a ton of you brainwashed mindclones and easily manipulated far-Right meatpuppets. It’s clear and alarming that there’s a ton of you laughable idiots. Your verbatim regurgitation of Trump’s “sleepy Joe” BS demonstrates how easy it is for you not to use your own mind and instead let this orange-skinned Russian ploy to instead think for you. You should be ashamed of yourself, you anti-American twat. And by the way, America has always been the land of immigrants. You would know this if you didn’t have your head so far up Donnie’s constipated rump. Get your info from somewhere else other than Alex Jones, you sorry excuse for a critical thinker.

Your Mother Mar 1, 2021 - 7:48 am

Oh, and by the way, RoKKKsanne Fox News, your demented jumble of idiocy is literally impossible to even begin to dissect. But it sounds like the tinfoil hat and Confederate flag have really done a doozy on skewing your view. It might be a good time to turn off the InfoWars, get some fresh air, and give Donnie’s orange hand a break, it must be tiring being such a good little meatpuppet.

Lola Saavedra Mar 2, 2021 - 12:40 am

YOUR MOTHER! You come across like a freakin’ STONER! It might be a good time for you to lay off the weed, for Christ’s Sake! Look what it’s doing to your pea brain! Hundreds-of-thousands of your brain cells are now mush. This why you voted for a demented, senile old fool who doesn’t even know what he’s signing! Soon, he will be in a nursing home and the Heels Up woman will continue to ruin this country. One good thing is that you stinking liberals are aborting themselves out of existence! Way to go!

Tiger Lily Mar 2, 2021 - 4:10 pm

This is a message for YOUR MOTHER! Looks like old, demented “Sleepy Joe” has fallen down on the job again. His stooges pump Joe up with medication to help ward off the dementia he’s suffering from for 90 minutes and then the meds wear off. I wonder how he will do at the SOTU event? You should have paid attention to the saying, ‘SAY NO to JOE and the HOE” more closely.

Bill Ellis Mar 2, 2021 - 4:13 pm

Richard? Do you have medical training? An MD or perhaps a DrPH? Do you even know the difference between the two?

Charles Berman Mar 25, 2021 - 9:19 pm

I can’t believe the comments against him. So offensive! Not only did he grow up in Kansas, but is a brilliant MD, and we are lucky to have him in this role.

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