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Appointment of Dr. Noemi Doohan as Interim Public Health Officer for Mendocino County

Post Date:08/23/2019 12:39 PM

The Mendocino County of Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Noemi Doohan as Interim Public Health Officer. Dr. Doohan joins Mendocino County with over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Doohan will join a team of seasoned local physicians who will continue to oversee core public health needs during this time of transition. Dr. Doohan has been a health and human services partner in the work she has led with Adventist Health Ukiah Valley’s Street Medicine Program, Family Medicine Residency Program and the initial funding and implementation of the Safe Haven Clinic project.

The County is also pleased to announce Dr. Karen Smith will be contracting with the county to further support development of local public health services in Mendocino County.  Dr. Smith was previously appointed by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2015 to serve as the State Public Health Officer and has a long history of County Public Health leadership, most recently serving as Health Officer and Public Health Director for Napa County. She has expertise across all aspects of governmental public health, including emergency medical services and development of a Local EMS Agency.

Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Director Tammy Moss Chandler and Dr. Smith will be working closely to support Dr. Doohan’s new role as Interim Public Health Officer. HHSA expects to open a recruitment for a permanent Health Officer later this fall.

HHSA Director Tammy Moss Chandler, commented on Dr. Doohan’s appointment, "We are fortunate that Dr. Doohan is joining our solid group of physicians who support our core services and I look forward in working with both Dr. Doohan and Dr. Smith on the transition of Public Health leadership in Mendocino County."

Commenting on her appointment, Dr. Doohan stated, “I look forward to serving as the County’s Interim Public Health Officer supporting our County during this critical time and helping prepare for the future.”

For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441.