He served as the Public Health Director and Health Officer for Los Angeles County for 16 years where he created the restaurant ABC grading system, directed major improvement in preparedness for major public health threats, increased the use of evidence based policies and programs and oversaw the Los Angeles County Health Survey, which provided essential information on the health, health risks and health attitudes of different socio-demographic subpopulations. Today, we are chatting with Dr. Jonathan Fielding about his insights and perspective on some of the most pressing public health issues our world faces today.
Jonathan is currently a Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management, and of Pediatrics in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine at UCLA. A brief list of just some of his accomplishments include: founding the UCLA Center for Health Advancement, serving as the Director and Chair of the Truth Initiative, dedicated to ending youth smoking, and in 2011, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. In addition to having earned three master’s degrees and an MD, he has authored or coauthored more than 300 original articles, commentaries, editorials and chapters on various aspects of public health, preventive medicine, and health services.
Keep listening to find out what Jonathan believes are some of the most concerning public health issues today…and why he doesn’t believe in careers!