National HEAL Cities Campaign Director

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.

Phone: 530-219-1487



CA HEAL Cities Campaign Director

Kanat Tibet, MA, Since joining the team in 2009, Mr. Tibet has met with elected officials and city staff of over 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 Public Health Advocates (PHA), 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.

Phone: 916-213-6380



Program Manager

Alfred Mata, Jr., MPAAlfred Mata is the Local Policy Progam Manager for Public Health Advocates (PHA) located in Southern California and the California Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign. With a strong passion for social justice and community engagement, he works to empower California communities to make groundbreaking policy changes that make the healthy choice, the easy choice. Mr. Mata’s work involves educating communities on strategies to improve access to healthy food and physical activity such as nutrition standards in public parks, healthy corner store and restaurant incentive programs, and safe routes to schools programs. Mr. Mata is a graduate of Occidental College and received a Master of Arts in Public Administration program at California State University, Long Beach in 2015. 

Phone: 626-962-5900



Policy Specialist 

Blythe Young, is the Policy Specialist for Public Health Advocates (PHA). She comes to this work with a background in clinical nutrition and a dedication to social justice and equity. Ms. Young works on a variety of projects developing products to guide policy adoption and implementation efforts. Her work involves involves relationships with HEAL coordinators across the US, community organizations, city staff and resident leaders. These relationships contribute to the development of research driven policy recommendations and supporting materials. Her areas of expertise include: nutrition education, employee wellness, research of best policy practices and faciliation of learning communities. Ms. Young proudly holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of California at Davis.

Phone: 707-834-4399





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