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Equity in OC is an OC Health Care Agency (HCA) Initiative

Vision

Quality health for all

In partnership with the community, deliver sustainable and responsive services that promote population health and equity. 

HCA's Office of Population Health and Equity's Mission

Support the HCA's impact and actions related to advancing health equity and population health.

HCA's Strategic Plan Goals

  • Achieve health equity through targeted population health management strategies
  • Enhance cross‐HCA coordination and strengthen partnerships with external partners and in the community
  • Create flexible, outcome‐focused approaches to support community health priorities
  • Reduce COVID‐19 transmission and its impacts

Targeted Outcomes

  • Reduce the negative impact of current and future public health crises on vulnerable communities
  • Expand and strengthen community partnerships
  • Increase collaboration between organizations who fund and support health outcomes and equity
  • Increase the use of population health data across the county
  • Demonstrate proof of concept to support future funding for population health and equity efforts and infrastructure

Our Team

Director’s Office

Dr. Clayton Chau, OCHCA Director

Clayton Chau, M.D., Ph.D., MASL, is the Director of the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) and County Health Officer.  Dr. Chau has served as a role model to his peers in valuing diversity in the workplace by directing various diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and equal opportunity programs throughout his professional career and personal experiences. Dr. Chau has been recognized by local, state and national organizations and associations for his leadership and advocacy for the mental health system to embrace diversity and adopt inclusion practices especially in fostering a workplace that is safe for all.

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Mindy Winterswyk, Assistant Agency Director

Dr. Mindy Winterswyk is currently the OC Health Care Agency’s Interim Assistant Agency Director. Prior to joining the Director’s Office, Dr. Winterswyk was the Division Manager and Chief of the Medical Therapy Program for the Orange County California Children’s Services (CCS) Program. The CCS program focuses on providing case management and authorizing medical care, as well as providing onsite physical therapy and occupational therapy, to children and young adults 0-21 years of age, with chronic lifelong diagnosis.

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Office of Population Health and Equity (OPHE)

Hieu Nguyen, LCSW, MBA | Director

Hieu Nguyen, serves as the OC Health Care Agency’s first Director of the Office of Population and Health Equity. Hieu previously served as the Director for System of Care at Mind OC, a non-profit organization that seeks to collaboratively transform the mental health system in Orange County. Through public and private partnerships, he actively engaged community stakeholders to actualize the Be Well OC movement.

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Luis A. Gonzalez, LCSW | Associate Director

Luis A. Gonzalez serves as the Associate Director for the Office of Population Health and Equity. Luis previously served as a Service Chief with Mental Health and Recovery Services (MHRS) where he oversaw the daily operations of outpatient mental health services for clients diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder. Luis was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the first County funded LGBTIQ program, which provided mental health, counseling, support and education services to clients, families and community partners on topics related to and addressing sexual orientation, gender identity, and navigating the coming out process.

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Ryan Natividad, MPP | Administrative Manager

Ryan Natividad is an Administrative Manager I in the Office of Population Health and Equity of the Orange County Health Care Agency. Ryan is well-versed in public health and health policy and has contributed to various community health interventions and policy research assessing chronic disease risk, community health worker impact, healthy eating and active living (HEAL) practices, and positive and adverse childhood experiences (PACEs) among communities of color. Ryan’s social justice advocacy and research interests lie at the intersections of public health, health policy, and urban planning and how these fields address the social and political determinants of health through equity-focused, place-based, built environmental approaches. Ryan has a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy.

Jill Lubarski, MA | Staff Specialist

Jill Lubarski is a Staff Specialist for the Office of Population Health and Equity. Jill has been with the OC Health Care Agency for two years. Jill moved to Orange County from Chicago, where she has more than a decade of experience working with underserved populations. Her prior work includes the emergency department crisis team at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and working in Probation and Court Services.

Wesley Shain, MHA | Staff Specialist

Wesley Shain is a Staff Specialist for the Office of Population Health and Equity. His diverse expertise in consumer insight leadership, public affairs, and community health, drive his passion, values, and energy for positive change. As a Randall Lewis Health and Policy Fellow, he focused on homelessness among the High Desert’s rural population and centered his work around diversity, equity, and community coalition efforts.

Consultants

The OPHE will work with industry experts to measurably expand Orange County’s ability to address the gaps in the health care system that are driving inequities in health and well-being in the county.