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Changing the Odds for Health in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

September 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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In this engaging session, Dr. Anthony Iton will speak to the intersection of public health and social justice and the importance of equity-driven policy solutions in our response to COVID-19.

About The Speaker:

Anthony Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH is Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. In the fall of 2009, Dr. Iton began to oversee the organization’s 10-Year, multimillion-dollar statewide commitment to advance policies and forge partnerships to build healthy communities and a healthy California.

Dr. Iton served for seven years as the Alameda County Public Health Department Director and Health Officer where he oversaw a budget of $112 million with a focus on preventing communicable disease outbreaks, reducing the burden of chronic disease and obesity. He has worked as an HIV disability rights attorney at the Berkeley Community Law Center, a health care policy analyst with Consumers Union West Coast Regional Office, and as a physician and advocate for the homeless at the San Francisco Public Health Department.

Dr. Iton’s primary focus includes health of disadvantaged populations and the contributions of race, class, wealth, education, geography, and employment to health status. His awards include the Champion of Children Award from the United Way and the National Association of City and County Health Officials Award of Excellence for the use of information technology in public health. In February 2010, Dr. Iton was recognized by the California Legislative Black Caucus with the Black History Month Legends Award and presented on the floor of the California State Assembly with a resolution memorializing his life’s work and achievements.

Iton serves on the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, the Public Health Trust, the Prevention Institute, and Jobs For The Future.

Dr. Iton received his medical degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School and subsequently trained in internal medicine and preventive medicine at New York Hospital, Yale, and Berkeley and is board certified in both specialties. Dr. Iton also holds a law degree and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the California Bar. Prior to his appointment at The Endowment, Iton served since 2003 as both the director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. In that role, he oversaw the creation of an innovative public health practice designed to eliminate health disparities by tackling the root causes of poor health that limit quality of life and lifespan in many of California’s low‐income communities.


This event is part of ASTHO’s Insight & Inspiration: Monthly Conversations that Matter for Public Health Leaders in the Era of COVID-19 series. Join us for the following upcoming events in this series:

  • Oct. 14, 2020 – Building Healthy and Resilient Communities During COVID-19 – Speaker: Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH
  • Nov. 18, 2020 – Leading Through Crisis – The Importance of Self-Care, and Leader Resilience – Speaker: Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH


September 16, 2020
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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Association of State & Territorial Health Officials
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