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PROGRAM FOCUS FOR 2019 – 2020

RURAL HEALTHCARE ACCESS

February 29, 2020 2-4 pm

Mariposa AAUW will be presenting a series of programs on the issue of Rural Access to Healthcare. The second of these programs will be February 19th at 2 pm in the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors’ chambers.

This program will focus on our healthcare here in the Sierra Foothills. While we each harbor our own ideas about our access to healthcare locally, the speakers will provide a broader perspective. They will address areas such as:

  • Use of tobacco, vaping products and vaping associated lung injuries
  • Food security and resources here in the foothills.

Speakers for the February 29th event:

Eric Sergienko is currently the Health Officer and Lead for the Director’s Action Working Group (DAWG), Mariposa County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA).

As the Health Officer he provides expertise in all areas of Public Health. As the DAWG, he coordinates across HHSA programs and ensures data-driven decision making. Because of the 4.5 million visitors coming to Yosemite National Park within Mariposa County, Dr. Sergienko also ensures close working relations with state and federal health officials.

In addition to his work with the county, Dr. Sergienko provides technical expertise to the World Health Organization Emergency Operations Center Network. He was one of the authors of the Framework for Public Health Emergency Operations Centres.

Dr. Sergienko retired from the Navy in 2016. His last role was as the Department of Defense (DoD) Liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this position he coordinated DoD and CDC activities including responses to Ebola, MERS, and Zika. He was also involved in the development of Incident Management training for CDC staff and DoD Public Health Emergency Management training.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Oregon State University and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. In addition, he completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fellowship. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine.

Ginnie Day is the Public Health Educator at the Mariposa County Public Health Branch of the Health and Human Services Agency. Her main focus is Project Director of two grant funded projects that aim to reduce chronic disease and promote healthy communities with a comprehensive and practical approach. A Fresno native, Ginnie is a graduate of Fresno State and obtained her Master’s in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Behavior/Health Promotion from the University of Arizona, Zuckerman School of Public Health in Tucson, AZ. Her work at the Public Health Branch involves analysis of local social-ecological dynamics, gaps, and disparities that determine the health behaviors of individuals. Ginnie then translates the findings into opportunities to develop public policies, organizational practices, and build environmental improvements to support positive community change for health and wellness.

Kelly Harrison is a Program Specialist II with the Cal Fresh Healthy Living Program, a grant funded program of the Mariposa County Public Health Branch of the Health and Human Services Agency. Kelly was born and raised in Mariposa, CA, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She gained a variety of experience in the fields of social work and case management before entering the realm of public health and nutrition when she returned to Mariposa in 2017. In her current role, Kelly provides direct nutrition education to students in grades TK through 6th grade at two local elementary schools. Kelly is focuses on policies, systems, and environmental change strategies to improve food security and the overall health and wellbeing of our Mariposa community.

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