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Obama appoints L.A. County public health director to panel on preventive care

January 31, 2011 | 11:42 am

Jonathanfielding President Obama announced Monday that he planned to appoint Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County's director of public health, to a panel charged with devising the nation’s strategy to improve preventive care. 

The advisory group reports to the surgeon general, Regina Benjamin, in her role as chair of the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council, created in June by Obama to coordinate and lead programs promoting wellness.

The panel will release its strategy in March to reshape federally supported prevention programs, as well as a time lines and accountability measures for its implementation.

Fielding, one of the county’s most respected department heads, has served as public health director since 2006. He got his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, a public health master's from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Fielding was among 16 people named Monday by the White House as headed to administrative posts.

“Our nation will be greatly served by the talent and expertise these individuals bring to their new roles," Obama said in a statement. "I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”


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Photo: Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County, in 2005. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times