HEAL Staff works with officials to:
- Educate them about the effect of the obesity epidemic on their communities through one on one meetings, workshops, presentations, webinars
- Identify policy solutions that are practical and effective
- Help create strategies to promote and pass policies
- Public relations – press releases and media
- Recognition through League of CA Cities
- Peer network of officials throughout the state that are working to create healthy cities
Charlotte Dickson, MSW, Ms. Dickson has directed our Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign since its inception in 2008. She has extensive experience working with elected officials and advocates to establish local health policies. Previously, while working for Contra Costa Health Services from 1998 to 2008, she directed a campaign to pass a comprehensive youth tobacco ordinance in 18 cities and the unincorporated areas of the county. Ms. Dickson received her MSW from Boston University, where she concentrated in Community Organizing.
Local Policy Specialist
Kanat Tibet, As the HEAL Cities Campaign’s local policy specialist since 2009, Mr. Tibet has met with elected officials and city staff of nearly 250 cities to engage them in the Campaign. Mr. Tibet spends the majority of his time working directly with city officials, helping them to identify and pursue policies aimed at creating healthier communities in order to stem the obesity epidemic. Prior to joining CCPHA, Mr. Tibet served as program director and legislative analyst for the League of California Cities. A native of Istanbul, he has been living in California since 1989, and received his master’s degree in Communications from San Francisco State University in 1993.
Danielle DeRuiter-Williams, MURP, MA, Ms. DeRuiter-Williams provides support for many of the program’s activities and objectives, including coordinating informational webinars, writing HEAL’s monthly e-blast, and coordinating educational campaigns. She is the Campaign’s specialist in areas of healthy food access, the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SB 375), and data collection/GIS mapping. Ms. DeRuiter-Williams graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a master’s degree Afro-American Studies. Previously, she worked as the Food Justice Program Director for the Social Justice Learning Institute in Inglewood, California.