Wendel Brunner PhD, MD, MPH was Director of the Public Health Division for Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) from 1983 to 2015. CCHS is a comprehensive public health care agency that includes a hospital, outpatient health centers and a Health Plan that enrolls 90% of the Medi-Cal population, as well as traditional public health programs. As Public Health Director, he worked to integrate public health policy and community prevention efforts into the health care delivery system to improve population health and promote health equity. From 2007 to 2014 he was on the Governing Board of Doctors’ Hospital in San Pablo, and was a primary care physician in Richmond CA from 1979 to 1983.
As Public Health Director, Dr Brunner promoted policy approaches to improving community health, including some of the first local tobacco legislation in the country, nutrition labeling, restrictions on toxic materials, and industrial safety. He worked with the California Senate to help craft a successful legislative resolution promoting Health in All Policies for California. In 2016 he received the Beverlee Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health from the California Department of Public Health.
Currently he is the Principle Investigator for the California Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project, and endeavor of local health officers and public health directors in California to place chronic disease control and health equity higher on the agenda of local health departments (LHDs). The Project works to strengthen the capacity of LHDs to engage health care delivery systems to integrate community prevention and policy with clinical care, and to promote policy to improve health and equity.