Health & Medicine

Former state health director becomes new Yolo health officer

Former California public health director Ron Chapman will become the new Yolo County health officer on Sept. 21.

Chapman, who stepped down from his state Department of Public Health post in January, previously served as chief medical officer for nonprofit health care group Partnership HealthPlan and health officer for the Solano County Department of Health and Social Services. He was also on the faculty of the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Since taking his state post in 2011, Chapman led the way on public health issues including Ebola threats, measles outbreaks, vaccination policies and flu strains. But the state health department also faced criticism for failing to investigate thousands of nursing home complaints.

Chapman will fill the Yolo County office following the retirement of former public health officer Constance Caldwell.

“I am honored to have been chosen to serve as the Yolo County health officer,” Chapman said in a news release. “I look forward to working with the outstanding Yolo team to improve the health of communities throughout the county.”

Sammy Caiola: 916-321-1636, @SammyCaiola