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District 4 Commissioner

Zhonnet Harper

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Equity, Empowerment, Liberation

Zhonnet "Z" Harper is a District 4 Commissioner and current Chair of the Alameda County Public Health Commission. Born and raised in Oakland, Zhonnet is a proud daughter of the "Town".

As a Patient Care Navigator, for Breast cancer, at Alameda Health System, Zhonnet has spent the past eight years navigating the twin ravages of cancer and poverty and their devastating impact(s) on individual and community health.

Having experienced and witnessed explicit and implicit bias, along with racial inequities, and their destructive effects on underserved and undervalued communities, especially the Black community, Zhonnet is committed to ensuring that equity is the core, not the appendage, of public health discussion, policy and development.

Gary C. Howard

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Gary C. Howard is a science editor and writer. He recently retired from the Gladstone Institutes, a biomedical research institute affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. He received a PhD in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book is The Biology of Death (Oxford University Press, 2021). He joined the Public Health Commission in November 2021 and hopes to contribute to a better understanding of public health issues within the county.




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