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Health Policy And Management Alumni Association To Honor State Health Services Director Diana Bonta

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Thursday, May 4, 2000

The UCLA Health Policy and Management Alumni Association will honor the distinguished career of Diana M. Bontá, director of the California Department of Health Services, on June 7 at the association's annual Alumni Recognition Dinner.

Bontá, who received her doctorate and master's degrees from the UCLA School of Public Health, assumed her present post in June 1999 after nearly 11 years as director of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

She also has served as deputy executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Family Planning Council, regional administrator of the California Rural Health Programs, and clinical instructor and head nurse of medical and pediatric units at hospitals in Los Angeles, Buffalo and New York City.

"Dr. Bontá's distinguished 25-year career at both the state and local level is a model of integrity and service in the field of health care and public health," said Abdelmonem A. Afifi, dean of the UCLA School of Public Health. "As director of the state Department of Health Services, Dr. Bontá is dedicated to assuring that programs and budget priorities match the needs of the state's diverse array of communities. We are proud to list her among our esteemed alumni."

UCLA Health Policy and Management Alumni Association supports the work of students, faculty and alumni in the Department of Health Services of the School of Public Health. The annual dinner, which also will recognize the UCLA Health Policy and Management Class of 2000, is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 7 in the Grand Horizon Ballroom at Covel Commons on the UCLA campus. Tickets are $150. Proceeds benefit the HPMAA student scholarship. For more information call (562) 423-8346.

As the state health services director, Bontá oversees a budget of more than $24 billion and 5,600 employees. The department administers a wide array of programs, including Medi-Cal, teen pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS, family planning, domestic violence, tobacco control, communicable disease control, environmental health, and chronic disease.

Bontá also is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee to the Director, and she previously served as president of the California Women's Law Center and the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association.