2016 Alliance Co-Chair
Selfa Saucedo, MPH grew up in Ventura and has lived and worked in Ventura County for her entire Public Health career. She has her Master’s in Public Health Degree (MPH) from UCLA’s School of Public Health. Upon graduating from UCLA, she worked with a local FQHC, Clinicas Del Camino Real as a health educator, providing health promotion and education to low income farmworker population. She has worked for the Ventura County Public Health Department for the past 21 years and is currently the manager for VCPH Health Education unit which includes chronic disease prevention programs like Tobacco Education and Prevention, Early Detection and Screening, Nutrition Education, Tobacco Policy and the Kaiser Permanente Heal Zone Initiative. She also works in the Behavioral Health Department, working to better align public health principles into Behavioral Health strategies.
Currently, she is working with county leadership to engage and mobilize county departments in the implementation of Health in All Policies in both the County Strategic Plan and County General Plan as well as in everyday county business. Selfa believes that engaging both decision makers and community is necessary to create change and improve health. All aspects of community participation must recognize and respect community diversity. She has a passion and commitment to raising awareness, motivating individuals and empowering communities to advocate for change in their communities and is especially interested in advocating for those populations experiencing the greatest burden of health disparities in Ventura County.