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Mayor's Health & Wellness Council

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About us

The Mayor's Health and Wellness Council

The vision is for Lancaster to become the healthiest community in the state of California.  The mission is to provide children and families with access to healthcare, healthful food and educational opportunities that lead them to healthy, physically-active lifestyles. The council is focused on leading and coordinating the implementation of innovative, evidence-based practices and programs committed to alleviating health disparities in Lancaster.  The council also works to provide community connections, strengthen civic engagement, and form valuable alliances.

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  • Los Angeles County Public Health, SPA 1 Area Health Officer
    Frank Alvarez, M.D.
  • Antelope Valley Community Clinic, Medical Director
    Arul Karunyan, M.D.
  • Lancaster School District, Superintendent
    Michelle Bowers, Ed.D.
  • Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Physician
    David E. Bronstein, M.D.
  • Antelope Valley Hospital, Chief Operations Officer
    Jack Burke, RN
  • Keslter | Derryberry L.L.P., Attorney at Law, Partner
    Chairperson: Steven Derryberry, J.D.
  • Antelope Valley Hospital, Clinical Nutrition Manager
    Jyothi Kakde RDN, CDE
  • Antelope Valley Partners for Health, Chief Executive Officer
    Michelle Kiefer
  • Catalyst Foundation, Chief Executive Officer
    Dave Mashore
  • High Desert Medical Group, Director of Fitness and Certified Physical Trainer
    Percita M. Moore
  • High Desert Medical Group, Associate Medical Director, Director for AV Healthcare District
    Don Parazo, M.D.
  • Kaiser Permanente, Community Benefit Manager
    Amy Wiese
  • Health and Wellness Coordinators
    Jikky Thankachan
  • Health and Wellness Coordinators
    Catie Lorenzini
  • Health and Wellness Coordinators
    Jessica Perales

transform Lancaster into
the healthiest community in California.

40.6 per 100,000 (death rate)
Highest Diabetes Rates in Los Angeles County

According to 2013 Key Indicators of Health published by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, diabetes in the Antelope Valley has a death rate of 40.6 per 100,000. Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Research studies have found that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among adults at high-risk of diabetes.