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Healthcare Equity Advisory Council (HEAC)

The HEAC is a new Health Care Agency Advisory Council that will be comprised of 8 community members at large and 7 Health Care Agency staff, each appointed to two or three-year terms.

HEAC Purpose

The purpose of HEAC is to establish a working group, that meets no less than quarterly, of healthcare subject matter experts and community stakeholders to advocate for equity for historically underserved communities. The Council will convene to evaluate the delivery of healthcare services for underserved populations, including allocation of resources and personnel practices, and recommend strategies for improvement where gaps are identified.

The implementation of HEAC is one example of a direct-action item stemming from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors (BOS) adopting a resolution on November 10, 2020, declaring racism a public health crisis and making a commitment to promote equity, inclusion, diversity in housing, employment, economic development, public safety, and health care in the County of Ventura.

View the HEAC Charter - English | Spanish and Board of Supervisors Resolution


Agency Members:

  • Barry Zimmerman
  • John Fankhauser
  • Theresa Cho
  • Rigoberto Vargas
  • Kristina Swaim
  • Dr. Loretta Denering

Community Members:

  • Liz Diaz-Querol
  • Kimberly Kelley
  • Juana Zaragoza
  • Kimberly Cofield
  • Emily Bridges
  • Hugo Tapia
  • Alejandra Valencia

Have public comments or questions for HEAC?
Contact staff at heaccouncil@ventura.org


  • Regular meetings are open to the public and held the third Tuesday of every other month from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm in the Large Conference Room, VC Public Health Administration 2240 E Gonzales Rd., Suite 200, Oxnard, CA 93036.

Upcoming Agendas & Meeting Materials

Past Agendas & Meeting Materials




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