Who We Are
HAB45 is a grant-funded project steered by our Executive Committee and our Leadership Council. We are headquartered at CocoKids, which is our fiscal agent.
HAB45 is governed by a strong Executive Committee made up of leadership and decision-makers from key healthcare and community organizations serving families with young children in Contra Costa County, California. The Executive Committee provides oversight and sets the overall strategic direction of the collaborative.
Healthy & Active Before 5 Executive Committee
Ruth Fernandez, MA
Director, Child Health and Nutrition Program
Rhea Elina Laughlin, MPH
Community Engagement Program Officer
Viola Lujan, Executive Vice Chair
Director, Business and Community Relations
Sophia Talbot, RD
Manager, Educational Services – Early Care & Education Programs
Coordinator, Local Planning Council for Early Care & Education
Pleasant Hill, CA
Raz Moghbel, RD
Francine Jolton, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Denise Milosevich, MPH
Manager, Physical Activity & Nutrition
Healthy & Active Before 5 Staff
Ali Uscilka, MPH
Chelsea Rae Sudweeks
The Leadership Council acts as our community sounding board. In 2007, our Leadership Council provided invaluable guidance and consensus in the development of our Action Plan. Now, we ask the Leadership Council’s help with implementing our plan and principles within the wider community.
Our Council represents the work of more than 80 community agencies. Members meet biannually to help us overcome barriers and celebrate program successes. Membership is by special invitation.
As a Leadership Council member, we ask that you…
- Integrate Healthy & Active Before 5 into the practices and policies of your agency.
- Promote the Healthy & Active Before 5 principles through your collaborations, conversations and correspondence.
Interested in joining us? Contact us for more information.
Here is a partial list of our HAB45 Leadership Council agencies.
Bay Point Partnership
Bike East Bay
Office of Tom Torlakson
West Contra Costa County HEAL
HAB45 is currently funded by:
- Kaiser Permanente Northern California Diablo and East Bay local service areas.
- The California Endowment
- John Muir Health
We are deeply grateful for our funders, past and present, whose support and generosity has allowed us to carry out our vision and goals.