Dr. Alina Dorian was appointed vice-chair of Los Angeles County Public Health Commission late last week.
Dorian was appointed to the commission by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger in August, 2018.
Dr. Dorian just completed a storied tenure as the principal of the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School, where she served since 2011. She is currently the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA.
In May, 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Dorian to lead a team at UCLA to advance contact tracing of COVID-19. The project was a partnership with UC San Francisco.
She is a trainer with various Public Health Departments. She has served as a professor at UCLA and a lecturer for the Loma Linda University. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, with an emphasis in Botanical Sciences and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in International Health, Health Systems Management.
Dr. Dorian has led projects and teams to Artsakh and Armenia to improve the public health infrastructure in the homeland.
The Public Health Commission examines the management of delivery of public health services to all cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County as well as the management and response to emerging public health issues. This provides a necessary level of accountability and oversight for DPH, the Board of Supervisors, and the residents of Los Angeles County. Commission members are active in their respective roles in their communities, lending a voice to DPH’s work that supports the Department’s mission to protect health, prevent disease and promote the health and well-being of all persons in Los Angeles County.