Van Do-Reynoso Begins New Position at CenCal Health

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Van Do-Reynoso, MPH, PhD has started a new position as Chief Customer Experience Officer (CXO) at CenCal Health, the Medi-Cal managed care plan for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. In this position, she will provide strategic leadership for the management of relationships with members, providers, and community partners to ensure the long-term growth and success of these key partnerships. Do-Reynoso will also serve as Health Equity Officer at CenCal Health, responsible for understanding and championing diverse needs and perspectives across the health plan’s service area; sponsoring improvements in access to care, member engagement and satisfaction; provider and community partner retention and satisfaction; and the quality of customer service and service outcomes with an equity lens. She assumed this newly created role on August 1.

“I am thrilled to join CenCal Health, and look forward to collaborating with our partners to advance health equity in every neighborhood so that our communities are the healthiest in California,” said Do-Reynoso.

For the past five years, Do-Reynoso was Public Health Director at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, providing oversight of five health care centers, three homeless shelter clinics, and a variety of health programs. She led public health operations during multiple crises including the Thomas Fire, the Montecito debris flows and the COVID-19 pandemic. “Through it all, Van responded with calm and grace,” said Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joan Hartmann, who also sits on the CenCal Health Board of Directors. “She guided us through these extraordinary times with both science and compassion.  I know that at CenCal Health she will continue as an innovative and thoughtful health professional in service to the community.”


Van Do-Reynoso

Prior to her tenure in Santa Barbara, Do-Reynoso was Public Health Director for seven years and Interim Behavioral Health Services Director for one year at the Madera County Department of Public Health. She also worked in public health for Tulare County and Asian Health Services in Oakland, and was a postgraduate fellow and management consultant for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.

Do-Reynoso’s formal education includes a PhD in Public Health from the University of California, Merced; an MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the University of California, Berkeley; and a BA in Biology with History minor from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

“Serving with Van on the CenCal Health Board of Directors, I’ve experienced firsthand her depth of healthcare knowledge and concern for the public’s welfare,” said Debbie Arnold, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor. “In her new position, we can expect to see the same steadfast commitment to positive health outcomes for our underserved residents in SLO County.”

As a public health leader and spokesperson in Santa Barbara County during COVID-19, Do-Reynoso was a steady voice of reason on local broadcast news for the past 2½ years of the pandemic, providing daily briefings to media outlets and the public. Consequently, she became a well-recognized and highly regarded figure in the community, receiving the following awards and recognition, among others:

  • 2022 Women of Achievement Award, Association for Women in Communications 
  • 2022 Public Policy Leader of the Year BRAVO Award, NAWBO
  • 2021 Heroes of Hospice, Hospice of Santa Barbara 
  • 2021 Woman of the Year, California Assembly District 37 
  • 2020 Hero Award, Santa Barbara Independent 

“Those who know Van best, know that she is creative, resilient, collaborative, and aspirational in her pursuit of health equity for all, which aligns with CenCal Health’s vision,” said Marina Owen, CenCal Health CEO. “In this reimagined executive role, Van will focus on expanding access to care, providing excellence in provider service, improving the patient experience, and strengthening community collaboration. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in the years to come.”

More information on CenCal Health is available at cencalhealth.org


About CenCal Health
CenCal Health is a community-accountable health plan that partners with over 1,500 local physicians, hospitals and other providers in delivering patient care to nearly 220,000 members – about one in four residents of Santa Barbara County and one in five residents of San Luis Obispo County. A public agency, the health plan contributes approximately $50 million a month into the local economy, primarily through payments to healthcare providers who serve its membership. Established in 1983, it is the oldest Medicaid managed care plan of its kind in the nation. View its annual Community Report at cencal2021.org

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mtndriver Aug 27, 2022 09:42 PM
Van Do-Reynoso Begins New Position at CenCal Health

So glad Dr. Van Do-Reynoso doesn't have to read all this junk any more. I hope her new job is way less stressful, and thank her for her graceful service in the face of so much nastiness.

edney Aug 27, 2022 08:13 PM
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I should have said that no one who has had the poliovirus injection has been proven to pass on the poliovirus. The sugar cube or pill method has about a 1 in 3,000,000 chance of passing along the poliovirus

edney Aug 27, 2022 08:06 PM
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Thank you for that fact check article. As usual, I have questions
From the article you posted:
As we said, the CDC explained that being up to date with vaccination offers minimal protection from infection, but, importantly, significant protection against severe disease. Being up to date with vaccination means that you’ve gotten the primary series of doses and any boosters that are available for your age group, the CDC has explained.

“Being up to date with vaccination provides a transient period of increased protection against infection and transmission after the most recent dose, although protection can wane over time,” the CDC said. The rates of hospitalization and death are “substantially higher” among unvaccinated adults, especially those 65 and older, compared with those who are up to date with vaccination, the CDC also said."

So once again we find that the people who get bad cases of COVID are already in poor health, of an older age group, and are not vaccinated, and in addition, as expected, we find out that vaccines only protect the recipient of the vaccine from getting a serious case of COVID involving hospitalization.
That is not what the CDC, Fauci, Trump, Biden, Pfizer, Moderna and J&J promised, but it makes sense when viewed without the fog of politics or manipulation.
So once again we are (ad nauseum) reminded that those who do not vaccinate will remain at risk and we also know that even if we vaccinate and mask up, we can possibly transmit lethal cases to the unvaccinated who have not already experienced COVID thus developing natural immunity.

I'm vaccinated. I am in a higher risk group and have had COVID at least twice, so I have both vaccination and a light degree of natural immunity. Comparisons with the polio vaccine are inaccurate because people that have allowed themselves to be vaccinated against polio are not known to be able to spread polio

a-1661672842 Aug 28, 2022 12:47 AM
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Another solid attempt at 8:06 to turn gold into bullpuckey by yet another spreader of politically-motivated FUD. Notice how actual citations from the article are impossible to distinguish from the editorial crap he added that provides nothing but disinformation.

a-1660345546 Aug 12, 2022 04:05 PM
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Nobody who knows anything about virology and vaccines, and especially the CDC, has ever claimed that the COVID vaccines would be 100% against infection. Only a complete fool or a politically-motivated shill who spreads disinformation would say so.

The vaccines, especially the mRNA vaccines, did a fantastic job at reducing the rate of spread and the severity of disease.

Voice of Reason Aug 15, 2022 03:59 PM
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Willful ignorance is continuing to think this shots ability to stop covid transmission is above 0%, so repeating "no vaccine has ever been 100%" is no retort to what I pointed out below (intentional deception by people you're supposed to be able to trust). They're actually finding in the multiple-boosted that 5+ months out it actually has negative efficacy - meaning you're more susceptible to contracting covid. It's in Europe's data, the Walgreens testing data here in the US, among other sources.

a-1660603786 Aug 15, 2022 03:49 PM
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No vaccine has ever been 100%. Anyone who thinks so is ignorant. Plain ignorance is forgivable. Willful ignorance, like some people constantly display here, is not.

Voice of Reason Aug 15, 2022 01:57 PM
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another tweet from the CEO of Pfizer "Although that data shows that severe #COVID19 is rare in children, widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help STOP TRANSMISSION. That's why I'm excited we have begun dosing participants aged 5 to 11..." - 6/8/21. We were lied to and manipulated for profits and political power - NEVER FORGET!

Voice of Reason Aug 15, 2022 01:42 PM
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@1:29, yet people saw that tweet, heard what the to be President said during the debates, read what the CDC director said, and took away a completely inaccurate view of what these vaccines can and can't do. This lead to serious consequences like keeping kids out of school, people getting fired from their jobs, further inflamed division in an already divided nation, suppressed the development of alternative treatments and vaccines, and caused adverse vaccine reactions in people who were not at risk of a moderate to severe reaction to covid. I mean people here were making claims about taking away health care from the unvaccinated and treating them like second class citizens - all because they had this false idea the shots stopped transmission spurred by the intentionally false or misleading statements by Biden, Walensky, Bouria and many others.

Voice of Reason Aug 15, 2022 01:34 PM
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What if we went back to 2019 and told you about this "vaccine" for a virus where you had to take 4 shots of it in a year to be "vaccinated", but it still doesn't keep you from getting or spreading virus, we just think it reduces symptoms but that could also be a result of the more mild, current variants of the virus. Honestly - would you say, that doesn't sound like a vaccine....?

Voice of Reason Aug 15, 2022 01:31 PM
Van Do-Reynoso Begins New Position at CenCal Health

In recent news CEO of Pfizer Albert Bouria recently tested positive for Covid after taking 4 shots of his product, and even then still felt he should take the therapeutic Paxlovid (he apparatenly doesn't have much faith in his own product).

a-1660595354 Aug 15, 2022 01:29 PM
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Noting that a vaccine was 100% effective in a test series is in no way a claim that it would be 100% effective over a larger cohort. But, you ignore and misinterpret to fit your agenda, which is spreading FUD.

Voice of Reason Aug 15, 2022 01:26 PM
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"Nobody who knows anything about virology and vaccines, and especially the CDC, has ever claimed that the COVID vaccines would be 100% against infection. Only a complete fool or a politically-motivated shill who spreads disinformation would say so." - so we have Joe Biden and CDC Director Walensky on the fool/shill list. Now lets add Pfizer CEO Albert Bouria who tweeted "Excited to share that updated analysis from our Phase 3 study with BioNTech also showed that our COVID-19 vaccine was 100% effective in preventing #COVID19 cases in South Africa. 100%!" - 4/1/21

Voice of Reason Aug 12, 2022 04:39 PM
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On March 11, 2021, Pfizer made the announcement that its mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 was 94% effective at preventing the asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.1

94%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.verywellhealth.com/pfizer-vaccine-prevents-covid-transmission-5116193

Voice of Reason Aug 12, 2022 04:38 PM
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All of these statements were so incredibly false and made with either no supporting data, or limited nearly anecdotal data from non-peer reviewed hand-picked carefully crafted studies to show exactly what they wanted to see.

Voice of Reason Aug 12, 2022 04:33 PM
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Example: CDC: Real-world data shows Pfizer's and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines are 90% effective at preventing infection: https://www.businessinsider.com/cdc-pfizer-and-moderna-vaccines-effective-in-the-real-world-2021-3

Voice of Reason Aug 12, 2022 04:32 PM
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Example: Somebody that does (should) know something about virology and vaccines, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky claiming "vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick, and that is not just in the clinical trials but it's also in real world data." - April 2021

Voice of Reason Aug 12, 2022 04:24 PM
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Example: politically motivated shill "You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations," and "If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in the ICU unit, and you’re not going to die." - Joe Biden

a-1660334913 Aug 12, 2022 01:08 PM
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Thank you for your public service in the face of all the ignorant, malignant nonsense spewed by anti-vaxxers and rabid opponents of necessary public health measures during the pandemic.

edney Aug 12, 2022 04:58 PM
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"A person who thinks that vaccines are ever 100% effective is patently ignorant on the subject."
And/or they are a Public Health professional as per the quotes available online from our dearest leaders

a-1660340320 Aug 12, 2022 02:38 PM
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@2:24 from your medical source : "As the guidance states, “high levels of vaccine- and INFECTION-INDUCED IMMUNITY and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools have substantially reduced the risk of medically significant Covid-19 illness.” " ------Infection-induced or "natural" immunity was literally labeled as misinformation as recently as last month, and it's denial lead to many losing their jobs for not ALSO getting the shot after an infection and it kept kids out of school. People on this very board labeled others who brought it up as "covidiots" saying natural immunity isn't a thing. Let me guess, 'tHe SciEnCE cHAnGed'..... no it didn't.

a-1660339670 Aug 12, 2022 02:27 PM
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No, most are not 100%, but in the 90%+'s at PREVENTING INFECTION. The covid shots simply do not prevent infection, Pfizer knew they weren't going to, and their trials were specifically focused on reducing severity of illness NOT reducing transmission. The CDC literally changed the definition of "vaccine" since the pandemic began to better fit what the covid shots actually accomplish. This is not ignorance, not misinformation, but fact..................:
An archived CDC web page from May 2018 shows that the agency’s previous definition of vaccine was “a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.”

The current definition on a CDC web page last updated in September 2021 reads: “A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.”

The latest CDC definition is absent the word “immunity” and just focuses on the stimulation of the body’s immune response.

The CDC also changed its wording for the definition of “vaccination” from “the act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease” in 2018 to “the act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.” The key differences here are, again, the absence of the word “immunity” in the latest definition and the change to “protection” instead. ...........................http://web.archive.org/web/20210826113846/https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/imz-basics.htm

a-1660339484 Aug 12, 2022 02:24 PM
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An article from a medical source, without the unreasonable spin:

https://www.statnews.com/2022/08/11/cdc-eases-covid-19-quarantine-and-testing-guidelines-as-it-marks-a-new-phase-in-pandemic/

a-1660337721 Aug 12, 2022 01:55 PM
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A person who thinks that vaccines are ever 100% effective is patently ignorant on the subject. The purpose of vaccines is to reduce the burden of disease be reducing transmission and lessening severity of disease. Your views are a sign of credulity, reflecting the garbage found on social media that promotes such ignorance.

a-1660336121 Aug 12, 2022 01:28 PM
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Well the "anti-vaxxers" were more correct than the public health figures that claimed (with no supporting data) that the vaccines would stop transmission / prevent you from catching the virus and many of public health measures were not only unnecessary but lead to significant negative consequences... like closing schools.

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