Director and Health Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Jonathan Fielding has contributed to the field of public health for more than 30 years and has served in a variety of essential leadership positions. For the past 14 years, Dr. Fielding has led the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health as Director and Health Officer. In this role, Dr. Fielding is responsible for all public health functions including surveillance and control of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health protection (including against bioterrorism) for the County’s 9.8 million residents. He directs a staff of nearly 4,000 with an annual budget exceeding $850 million. Dr. Fielding also serves as Commissioner of the First 5 L.A. Commission, which aims to improve the health and development of children 5 years of age and under. Dr. Fielding is a Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He Chairs the HHS Secretary’s expert advisory group on the 2020 Healthy People Project, Chairs the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force, is Editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and serves on the Board of the American Legacy Foundation. He is a Presidential appointee and founding member of the national Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. Dr. Fielding has authored over 175 original articles, commentaries and editorials on public health issues. His current research interests include health impact assessment and forecasting future health. He received his Medical Doctors and Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and his MBA from Wharton School of Business.