George R. Flores, M.D., M.P.H., is a Program Manager for The California Endowment’s (TCE’s) Healthy California Prevention team. His work focuses on grantmaking to improve health and equity through community-based prevention and a health workforce suited to health system reform. His work aims to strengthen collaborative work of public health, primary care, and community outreach for prevention to address the social and environmental factors that shape health outcomes. Dr. Flores previously managed grantmaking to develop models of health-supportive policies and community environments, including Healthy Eating Active Communities and the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, two nationally-prominent multisite, multisector programs to prevent childhood obesity that provided key lessons for the development of TCE’s Building Healthy Communities strategy. Prior to the TCE, Dr. Flores served as Public Health Officer in San Diego County and in Sonoma County, also as Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of California, San Francisco, Family Practice Residency Program, Director, Project HOPE in Guatemala, and Deputy Health Officer in Santa Barbara County. Dr. Flores received his M.D. from the University of Utah, and M.P.H. from Harvard. He is an alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Program and the National Public Health Leadership Institute. He is a member of two Institute of Medicine committees that published the milestone reports Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance and The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century. Dr. Flores is a founder of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. Over his career, Dr. Flores has been a resource to government and nongovernment organizations. He has given hundreds of presentations and written dozens of reports for diverse audiences on topics, including disease prevention, community health, immigrant health, health disparities, and environmental policy. Dr. Flores’ work has been published in the Journal of the American Public Health Association, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Preventing Chronic Disease, among others. He co-authored a book chapter, “Latino Children’s Health and the Environment,” in At Risk! Latino Children’s Health, recently published by Arte Publico Press. Dr. Flores was recognized by the National Hispanic Medical Association as 2011 Physician of the Year for his work that addresses social and environmental inequities and the role of communities in advancing policy and systems change to improve health. His vision is for every community to be a healthy, safe, and supportive place to raise children, go to school, work, and play.
James A. Hester, Ph.D., M.S., has been active in health reform and population health for almost four decades. His most recent position was the Acting Director of the Population Health Models Group at the Innovation