LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion on advancing public health workforce and preparedness for future pandemics and recovery:

“As California prepares for the next phase in the fight against COVID-19, local health departments will need to remain vigilant and prepared while simultaneously providing core public health services. That is why I am so grateful for Governor Gavin Newsom’s leadership in including $300 million in annual ongoing funding to rebuild capacity and bolster a chronically underfunded public health system to deliver essential services beyond this current crisis. In Los Angeles County, this investment will help strengthen our public health infrastructure, including communicable disease control, sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment, chronic disease control and prevention efforts to address conditions like diabetes and hypertension in low-income communities and communities of color, and bolstering the infrastructure to support the workforce and data systems. Additionally, with this motion we are joining the California Can’t Wait Coalition’s call to advocate for further investments across several years focused on retaining and bolstering the public health workforce. Now is the time to ensure that we have a well-trained workforce prepared for today’s myriad public health challenges and future emergencies. These two proposals do just that.”

The motion approved today directs the County’s Chief Executive Office Legislative Affairs branch to send a five-signature letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, with a copy to Senate Budget Committee Chair, Senator Nancy Skinner, Assembly Budget Committee Chair, Assemblymember Phil Ting, and members of the Los Angeles County Delegation in support of the State Budget allocation of $300 million in ongoing General Fund support for public health infrastructure and in support of the Public Health Equity and Readiness Opportunity (HERO) Initiative request, to address public health workforce needs, recruitment and retention challenges, and providing existing workforce with upward mobility opportunities to facilitate a pipeline of trained public health professionals.

To view the full motion, click here.