(Kelly Pfeifer, CHCF)
A community perspective
(Pastor Ray Lankford)
Statewide strategies to address the epidemic
(Karen Smith, Director, CDPH)
Raymond E. Lankford
Pastor Raymond E. Lankford is executive director of Healthy Oakland, a nonprofit, free to low-cost clinic that was California's first African American faith-based state-licensed community clinic. As an associate pastor at the Center of Hope Community Church in Oakland, Pastor Lankford was a cofounder of Healthy Oakland in 2001. Pastor Lankford has been awarded numerous honors for his community service, including the City of Oakland Humanitarian Award, the Man of the Year Award from Brothers on the Rise, and recognition by Black Expo as one of the 101 Outstanding Champions for Youth. He founded VOICES of Hope Community Church in West Oakland in 2005.
Dr. Kelly Pfeifer
Dr. Kelly Pfeifer is director of CHCF's High-Value Care team, which supports policies and care models that align with patient preferences, are proven effective, and are affordable.
On March 23, 2015, Karen Smith, MD, MPH, was sworn in as director of the California Department of Public Health and state public health officer. Smith is a physician specializing in infectious disease and public health. Prior to her appointment, Smith served as public health officer and deputy director at the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency since 2004. She has also been on medical staff for infectious disease at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa since 2012 and has been a faculty consultant for the Francis J. Curry International Tuberculosis Center at the University of California, San Francisco since 1997.