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A statewide health information exchange would strengthen public health

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Disrupting the health care status quo takes courage.

Recently, Assemblymember Jim Wood, who chairs the Health Committee, stood up boldly for a statewide infrastructure for sharing health data to strengthen public health, improve equity, transform Medi-Cal, and improve the quality and affordability of health services.

In the hearing, Wood stated firmly his support for a health information exchange: “Further study or an approach protecting one’s business interest is of absolutely no concern to me. Our priorities are about how to provide better patient care in a more coordinated way as well as obtaining greater population health data.”

He reaffirmed that position in a tweet the next day: “I know that building a workable #HIE will likely be disruptive to the status quo but I want to best serve the state and Californians.”

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Sonoma County supervisors unanimously approve $16 million public health strategy to fight coronavirus

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Sergio Guzman of Santa Rosa receives a COVID-19 swab from Sonoma County Public Health nurse Devin Andrews as Nicole Callopy assists, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 at Andy's Unity Park in Santa Rosa. At left is Adriana Andres and Ellen Armour (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2020

Rocio Bermudez, a dance instructor who lives in Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood, has not worked since March. Like many other Sonoma County residents, Bermudez, 50, and her family have mostly stayed home during the pandemic.

But she’s seen a lot of people gathering in her neighborhood, at local parks, on basketball courts and for parties.

“A lot of us are taking precautions, but some in our community are not,” Bermudez said Tuesday afternoon, shortly after she and her daughter were tested for the coronavirus at Andy’s Unity Park in southwest Santa Rosa.

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