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
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.
CA HEAL Cities Campaign Director
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.
Local Policy Specialist
Alfred Mata, Jr., Alfred Mata is a Local Policy Specialist with the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) 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 having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and a candidate in the Master of Arts in Public Administration program at California State University, Long Beach.