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County Appoints Full-Time Health Officer

MADERA — The Madera County board of supervisors has appointed a full-time health officer, Dr. Simon Paul, who was hired last month and started his new position last Tuesday (Feb. 4).

Dr. Simon Paul is Madera County’s new public health officer

Dr. Paul, who speaks Spanish, has worked in the Central Valley area since 2003, most recently as Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director of the Community Regional Medical Center’s HIV program.

He completed his medical training at Cornell University Medical College, Parkland Hospital and a research fellowship at Rockefeller University. His clinical work focused on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Over the last several years his work concentrated more on the public health aspects of HIV prevention.

Madera County’s Public Health Department is responsible for enforcing state and local health laws.

Department services and programs include: Emergency Preparedness, Communicable Disease Control, HIV/AIDS surveillance and support services, Child Health and Disability Prevention, California Children’s Services, Childhood Lead Prevention, Public Health Laboratory analysis, Vital Statistics, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health case management services, Immunization clinics, Women Infants and Children nutrition program, and health education programs addressing teen pregnancy, nutrition, obesity, tobacco use and asthma.

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