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Statement from The California Endowment's President and CEO on Governor Brown's Appointment of Karen Smith as Director of California's Department of Public Health

"It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Karen Smith who has been appointed director of the California Department of Public Health by Governor Jerry Brown. Both her education and vast experience in the fields of infectious disease and public health make her worthy of this appointment," said Robert K. Ross, MD, president and CEO of The California Endowment. "I applaud the Governor for his selection of Dr. Smith and look forward to working with her in the future. Improving public health is critical to achieving health and justice for all Californians."