California Diabetes Program
California Department of Public Health
PO Box 997377, MS 7211
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
1616 Capitol Avenue, MS 7211, Suite 74.420
Sacramento, CA 95814
MEDIA: All inquiries by the media must be directed to the California Department of Public Health's Office of
Public Affairs at (916) 440-7259.
Phone: (916) 552-9956
Fax: (916) 552-9988
Deana Lidgett joined the California Diabetes Program (CDP) in April 2012 as the Outreach Coordinator for California’s Medi-Cal Incentive to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Program. California’s Department of Health Care Services was one of only 10 states to receive funding for this program. The CDP was invited to participate in this five-year federal demonstration project designed to create incentives for the prevention of chronic diseases by implementing and evaluating the effect of incentives to Medi-Cal beneficiaries for their smoking cessation efforts. As the Outreach Coordinator, Deana will lead statewide efforts to test outreach approaches to increase provider referrals of Medicaid patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, to the California Smokers’ Helpline for free tobacco cessation counseling.
Before joining the CDP, Deana was a Policy and Program Consultant for the California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP). Deana’s primary focus was addressing secondhand smoke issues including smoke-free multi-unit housing (MUH). She provided leadership to the Secondhand Smoke Multi-Unit Housing Workgroup which was responsible for providing technical assistance and training to agencies working on these efforts throughout the state. With her leadership, the MUH workgroup conducted technical assistance and training needs assessments, provided training opportunities, and developed educational materials to over 100 community-based organizations and coalitions to help further California’s statewide smoke-free MUH initiative. In addition to her work addressing smoke-free MUH, she was also responsible for analyzing critical health policy issues relating to tobacco control and was the staff lead for the legislatively mandated Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee.
Prior to joining CTCP, Deana was a Clinical Health Educator for Northern California Kaiser Permanente for over seven years where she was part of a multidisciplinary team that provided Kaiser Members education on various chronic diseases. Deana enjoys swimming, cycling, and running and is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles. She is also a training coach for runners and walkers for a local running store in Sacramento, California.
Cynthia (Cindy) Vela joins the California Diabetes Program as an Outreach Specialist for California’s Medi-Cal Incentive to Quit Smoking Program. Before joining the CDP, Cindy worked for Sutter Health as a Nutritionist and brings with her more than twenty years of health education experience, working with all age groups and diverse demographics as part of the Interdisciplinary Team of Care for patients. Cindy also conducted classes and presentations on chronic disease management, having been certified in the Stanford Model of Chronic Disease Self-Management. Most recently, Cindy worked as a Certified Wellness Coach providing personalized coaching and counseling on topics such as healthy eating, weight management, heart health, diabetes prevention and smoking cessation for Sutter Health’s employee wellness program. Cindy feels preventive health is essential to enjoying a high quality life and she embraces promoting healthy lifestyles. Cynthia obtained her B.S. in Gerontology with a concentration in Health Education from California State University, Sacramento.
Sue Kratochvil-Smith, MPH
Susan (Sue) Kratochvil-Smith also joins the California Diabetes Program as an Outreach Specialist for California’s Medi-Cal Incentive to Quit Smoking Program. With more than 15 years of experience in the health care field specializing in outreach and promotion, marketing and communications, writing and publications, and strategic planning, Sue will be an asset to the program. After receiving her B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from San Jose State University, Sue acquired her Master’s degree in Public Health from Walden University. She completed her MPH practicum in the Communications and Outreach Program for the CDPH California Reportable Disease Information Exchange. Most recently, Sue worked as a volunteer in Health Education and Communications for the California Department of Public Health, Center for Infectious Diseases, Veterinary Health and Vector Control division.
Phone: (916) 552-9975
Melissa Mallory supports both the diabetes and arthritis programs as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst. She performs analytical and fiscal tasks necessary to carry out the functions of both programs. Melissa has a wide range of skills and provides programmatic support for various projects. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Spanish, Melissa obtained her teaching credential from CSU, San Marcos. Melissa has taught both elementary and adult education as a structured English immersion teacher in southern California. In 2009, she moved to Sacramento where she worked as an Education Consultant providing trainings on researched-based teaching methods in various school districts across California. Melissa received her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Collaborative Governance from CSU, Sacramento where she studied collaborative methods used by community-based women’s organizations in Mali.
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