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I. Application to be a member of the Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee

PLEASE NOTE: In order to help with our selection process and to comply with our mandate to establish an Advisory Committee that represents California’s diverse demographics (Health and Safety Code section 131019.5, 2012), as part of this application, we will ask you for information related to your personal background and lived experiences, areas of interest and expertise, representation of communities facing inequities*, etc. The California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity, is a state agency and any information you provide as part of this application will become a public record for purposes of the California Public Records Act. Please do NOT include confidential information about yourself or others in this application. By submitting this application to the Office of Health Equity, you acknowledge that any information you provide will become a public record and may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act.
Thank you for your interest in applying to be a member of the California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from communities facing inequities, stakeholder communities that represent the diverse demographics of the state, applicable state agencies and departments, local health departments, and community-based organizations working to advance health and mental health equity.
The committee is required to meet, at a minimum, on a quarterly basis. The meetings may be held in cities all across the state to ensure broad representation and increased access to members of communities facing inequities and small organizations that represent or serve communities facing inequities.
Members may serve up to two terms of three years each, for a total of six years.
Members serve at the discretion of the California Department of Public Health and must agree to abide by the following membership terms:
-Attend and actively participate from beginning to adjournment for no fewer than three quarterly meetings per year, or nine quarterly meetings per three-year term.
-Participate in at least two additional meetings, such as subcommittee meetings from beginning to adjournment, per year, or six subcommittee meetings per three-year term. 
-Prepare for each meeting by reading materials distributed in advance. 
-Engage in small and large group discussions in a manner that is respectful of divergent perspectives, ideas, and experiences.
-Work to achieve consensus on recommendations of the Committee.
-Facilitate communication between community representatives and the Committee.
-Gather local community and/or affiliation group input for the Committee's needs and priorities.
-Work within a group process to meet deadlines.
-Make recommendations on a broad range of health and mental health related issues that improve the health status of all populations and places, with a priority on eliminating health and mental health disparities and achieving equity.
-Solicit/reflect the views of represented constituencies as well as their personal perspectives and expertise. 
*OHE's mandate (Health and Safety Code section 131019.5) refers to "vulnerable communities." Currently, OHE's preferred description is "communities facing inequities."

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* 1. Will you be able to fulfill the above listed requirements of membership?

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