Former Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson has a new job after recently resigning from her post.
Sisson will be appointed later this month as the new public health officer for Yolo County, according to Wednesday news release from the county. Dr. Larissa May, who has been serving as the interim public health officer since August, will step down from her role.
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Sisson stepped down from her post in Placer County two weeks ago and on the same day the county voted to end its local coronavirus health emergency. She said the move by the Placer County board of supervisors “made it clear” she could no longer “effectively serve” in her role. State law requires each county to have a health officer.
Sisson said she’s honored to be given the opportunity in Yolo County and looks forward to using her expertise to help the community.
“Being a local health officer is challenging during a pandemic, but this is what I have trained for. I look forward to using my skills to keep the community healthy, whether the threat is COVID-19, obesity, mental illness, wildfire smoke, or poverty,” she said in a prepared statement.
Sisson is board certified in public health and general preventive medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and licensed by the state of California as a physician and surgeon. She also has a passion for urban farming and views farming “as an extension of public health efforts to increase access to healthy and affordable foods,” according to the release from Yolo County.
Before she was the public health officer in Placer County, Sisson worked for the California Department of Public Health for over a decade.
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