The Health Care Agency Advisory Council (HEAC)

The Health Care Agency Advisory Council (HEAC) is an innovative initiative aimed at addressing the critical issue of health equity within the community of Ventura County. Comprising eight community members at large and seven dedicated Health Care Agency staff members, each appointed to serve two or three-year terms, HEAC is committed to promoting positive change in healthcare service delivery for historically underserved populations. 


HEAC’s primary focus is to advocate for and evaluate the equitable provision of healthcare services, addressing disparities in the allocation of resources, and examining personnel practices within the healthcare system.  Through convening a working group of healthcare subject matter experts and community stakeholders, it is the mission of HEAC to identify gaps and recommend strategies for improvement where deficiencies are identified. HEAC’s formation is a direct result of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors’ forward-thinking resolution passed on November 10, 2020 that declared racism as a public health crisis and signified a steadfast commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity across various facets of the County of Ventura. HEAC embodies this commitment by actively engaging with the healthcare sector to dismantle systemic barriers and foster a more equitable and inclusive healthcare landscape for all residents of Ventura County. 

Have public comments or questions for HEAC? Contact staff at 


Agency Members:

Community Members:

  • Barry Zimmerman
  • Dr. John Fankhauser
  • Dr. Theresa Cho
  • Rigoberto Vargas
  • Kristina Swaim
  • Dr. Loretta Denering
  • Liz Diaz-Querol
  • Kimberly Kelley
  • Juana Zaragoza
  • Kimberly Cofield
  • Emily Bridges
  • Hugo Tapia
  • Alejandra Valencia


Regular meetings are open to the public and held the third Tuesday of every other month from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm in the Large Conference Room, VC Public Health Administration 2240 E Gonzales Rd., Suite 200, Oxnard, CA 93036

The June 18, 2024 HEAC meeting has been cancelled.
The next meeting will be on August 20, 2024.



Tuesday, April 16, 2024 -

Past Meeting Files

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