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Genoveva Islas-Hooker Steps into Key CTG Coordinator Position

June 06, 2013

The Public Health Institute is pleased to announce that Genoveva Islas-Hooker is its new Community Transformation Project Coordinator, effective June 1, 2013.  Genoveva brings a wide range of experience in the field of public health to her new role in coordinating efforts across Community Transformation Grant recipients in California.

 

California counties are currently leveraging over $70 million dollars in Community Transformation Grant funding to build healthier communities, through strategies including tobacco free-living, active living, healthy eating and clinical and community preventive services. Through her new role, funded by a grant from The California Endowment, Genoveva will translate this local and county work into a sustainable, statewide movement. Rather than working in isolation, counties throughout the state will be able to share best practices, build partnerships and implement strategies that will build healthier communities and a healthier California. The position is funded through a grant from The California Endowment, as part of its commitment to making the work of local CTG recipients more visible to state and national decision makers.

 

Genoveva most recently served as Director of Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP), which advocates for the creation of healthy communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Through her leadership CCROPP has improved access to healthy foods and increased opportunities for physical activity using a policy, systems and environmental change approach. At the heart of their work has been community leadership development focused on transforming residents to becoming agents for change. 

 

“Genoveva is exactly the right person for this project,” said Dr. Linda Rudolph, Principal Investigator of the Community Transformation Coordination project. “Her leadership skills as well as her experience in working across sectors/stakeholders are key to engaging and supporting a diverse group of projects involved in CTG.  Her demonstrated commitment to public health and equity all dovetail into the intent of transforming communities.”

 

“I am excited to be stepping into this position,” said Genoveva. “California is on the cusp of translating groundbreaking community-level work into a statewide movement. Great work is already happening across the state. Now we have the opportunity to connect the dots.”

 

With over 600 employees and 200+ programs, the Public Health Institute is dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world.