Charity Dean MD, MPH&TM

Nonresident Senior Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center
CEO and Co-Founder, The Public Health Company

Charity Dean MD, MPH&TM's Bio

Charity Dean MD, MPH&TM is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Public Health Company which brings together the best expertise in public health disease control with private sector tech innovation to build autonomous disease control decision capabilities in scalable software. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and part of the executive leadership team directing California’s strategy and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Dean served as Co-Chair of the California Testing Task Force which successfully executed a strategy to rapidly scale up COVID-19 testing and exceeded the Governor’s goal of 60,000 diagnostic tests per day, reaching over 100,000 tests per day in under 12 weeks. In her role with CDPH, Dr. Dean provided strategic direction and oversight for the Center for Health Care Quality and led public health and healthcare policy development and implementation to benefit all Californians.

In 2019 Dr. Dean served as Acting State Public Health Officer and led the State response to the vaping-associated outbreak (EVALI), bioterrorism incidents, and communicable disease outbreaks.

Prior to joining CDPH, Dr. Dean served as Health Officer for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department where she directed communicable disease outbreak response, public health disaster response, and served as an attending physician overseeing tuberculosis clinic, HIV medicine, homeless medicine, and primary care. She has held statewide leadership roles including the Central Coast Medical Association, California Medical Association, and California Conference of Local Health Officers. Dr. Dean received the Physician of the Year award from the Central Coast Medical Association in 2018 and Women of the Year recognition from Senator Jackson and Assemblywoman Limon in 2018.

Dr. Dean earned a B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, where she simultaneously earned a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Dr. Dean’s personal interests include infectious disease history, Star Wars, and PAC-12 football (cheering for Bears and Beavers with a passionate distaste for anything Duck).

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