Office of Prevention Services Task Force

Office of Prevention Services Task Force

On September 15, 2021, the Board adopted a new motion to explore the establishment of a County Office of Prevention Services by convening a task force chaired by the Executive Director of Racial Equity.

The task force will be responsible for providing recommendations on a governance structure for a comprehensive community-based prevention services delivery system across County services, with the goal of delivering upstream interventions to address the social determinants of health and improve overall well-being for adults, children, youth, and families. As a Brown Act body, the task force is subject to all the provisions and requirements therein, to conduct open and public meetings.

Motion Deliverables

Governance Structure

Development of a recommended governance structure, including the necessary budgeting, staffing, contracting, and data sharing authorities across relevant departments to effectuate Countywide community-based prevention service delivery.

Funding Analysis

A comprehensive Countywide funding streams analysis, with information provided by impacted departments and reviewed by CEO Budget, that will detail existing funding available for Countywide prevention services to support the implementation of a full-scale Countywide coordinated prevention strategy.

Prevention Metrics

A set of guiding prevention metrics, principally informed by an equity centered framework (i.e., life course, racial equity, or social determinants of health) which reflect how County residents’ lives were made better as result of receipt of prevention services.

Reimagining Health and
Safety for Families and Children

The Board motion calls for recommendations to establish a centralized entity to oversee, manage, and coordinate Los Angeles County prevention services. It also invites us to radically reimagine the entire County structure by centering anti-racist principles and an equity-driven lens. The County now has an opportunity to shift our collective work from a reactive to proactive lens – with the opportunity to transform fundamentally how our institution operates, provides services, and commits to reducing health inequities that disproportionately impact Black, Latino/a/x, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, low-income and other communities experiencing disadvantage. 

To achieve this task, the task force will engage in four main phases including preparation, initiation, planning and design, and implementation.

Prevention Services Task Force Meetings

Prevention Services Task Force
Charter (v. 5/22) | Member List
One-page Summary | Overview Presentation

Upcoming Meeting Schedule
All Fridays @ 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
Zoom link:
• August 19
• September 30
• October 28
• November 18
• December 16

Meeting Archive:

Friday, July 15, 2022: Community Engagement Strategies, Definitions of Prevention & Promotion, and Setting LA County’s Vision
Agenda | Draft Minutes | Transcript | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Pre-Reading Materials on Vision and Benchmarks
Community Engagement Process
Prevention 4-pager
Public Comment

Friday, June 17, 2022: Community Engagement Principles and Life Course Framework
Agenda | Draft Minutes | Transcript | Recording
Meeting Slides

Friday, May 20, 2022: Task Force and Subject Area Table Deliverables
Agenda | Minutes | Transcript | Recording
Meeting Slides
Revised Charter

Friday, April 22, 2022: Definitions for Prevention and Promotion
Agenda | Minutes | Transcript | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Presentation: Toward A Prevention & Promotion Framework for Government
Approved Charter

Thursday, March 3, 2022: Kickoff Meeting
Agenda | Minutes | Recording
• Presentation: Brown Act Overview by County Counsel
• Presentation: Task Force Overview

Prevention Alignment Framework Working Table
Co-Chairs: Meredith Berkson, Angela Parks-Pyles
Full Member List

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
Zoom link:
• Friday, August 5 @ 2:00pm to 4:30pm | Agenda
• Tuesday, August 16 @ 11:00am to 1:30pm
• Thursday, September 8 @ 12:00pm to 2:30pm
• Friday, October 14 @ 9:00am to 11:30am
• Tuesday, November 8 @ 9:00am to 11:30am
• Friday, December 9 @ 9:00am to 11:30am

Meeting Archive:

Friday, July 22: Kickoff Meeting / Intervention Framework #1
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Workshop Slides: Selecting an Intervention and Implementation Framework (Forward Change Consulting)
Countywide Guiding Equity Principles
Vision Themes from 7/15 Task Force Meeting
One-page memo on Task Force for New Members

Coordination and Integration Working Table
Co-Chairs: Minsun Meeker, Laura Trejo
Full Member List

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
Zoom link:
All meetings Thursdays @ 12:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.

• August 18
• September 15
• October 20
• November 17
• December 15

Meeting Archive:

Thursday, July 21: Prevention Initiatives and User Journey Mapping
Agenda | Recording
Presentation Slides
Vision Themes from 7/15 Task Force Meeting
One-page memo on Task Force for New Members

Thursday, June 16: Kickoff Meeting
Agenda (with attachments) | Zoom Recording

Addressing Disproportionality Working Table
Co-Chairs: Tamara Hunter, Irene Vidyanti
Full Member List

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
Zoom link:
• Tuesday, August 23 @ 11:00am to 1:30pm
• Tuesday, August 30 @ 2:00pm to 4:30pm ADDED
• Tuesday, September 20 @ 11:00am to 1:30pm
• Tuesday, October 11 @ 1:30pm to 4pm
• Tuesday, November 8 @ 1:30pm to 4pm
• Tuesday, December 6 @ 1:30pm to 4pm

Meeting Archive:

Tuesday, August 2: Priority Life Course Outcomes #2
Agenda | Recording
Roll Call and Voting Record on Decision Items
• Workshop Slides: Selecting North Star Outcomes (Forward Change Consulting)
Overview of the five life course outcomes identified as strategic goals in LA County’s Racial Equity Strategic Plan (excerpt from the Executive Summary of the longer document)
• Slides covering these 5 strategic goals and the strategies to meet them

Friday, July 22: Kickoff Meeting / Priority Life Course Outcomes #1
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Workshop Slides: Applying the Life Course Problem Framework to Identify Prevention Metrics (Forward Change Consulting)
Countywide Guiding Equity Principles
Vision Themes from 7/15 Task Force Meeting
One-page memo on Task Force for New Members

Subscribe to the Task Force Meeting Calendar

To add upcoming Prevention Services Task Force and Table meetings to your personal calendar, please use the following iCalendar URL:

Please see the following instructions on how to subscribe to this calendar and add it to your email (please be sure to subscribe, as “importing” will not automatically update meeting changes): Microsoft Outlook app | Outlook on the web | Google Calendar (see: Use a link to add a public calendar)

Public Comment

For those who wish to provide public comment, you may email Deadline to submit written public comment will be 24 hours prior to the meeting. Please include the agenda item and meeting date in your correspondence.

Committee Structure

The task force includes representation from multiple Los Angeles County departments and partners, including: Departments of Children and Family Services, Health Services, Mental Health, Public Health, Public Social Services, and Workforce Development Aging and Community Services; Office of Child Protection; the Chief Executive Office’s Homeless Initiative, Poverty Alleviation Initiative, and Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative; the Los Angeles County Development Authority; the Los Angeles County Office of Education; the Commission for Children and Families; the Los Angeles County Youth Commission; the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; First 5 Los Angeles; and the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families.

Members of these organizations include, but are not limited to: 

    • Task Force Chair: D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D.: Executive Director, Racial Equity, CEO – Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative
    • Songhai Armstead, J.D.: Executive Director, CEO – Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Meredith Berkson: Director, Systems and Planning, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
    • Jackie Contreras, Ph.D.: Acting Director, Department of Public Social Services
    • Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.: Director, Department of Public Health
    • Alicia L. Garoupa, LCSW: Chief of Wellbeing and Support Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education
    • Christina Ghaly, M.D.: Director, Department of Health Services
    • Tyrone Howard, Ph.D., M.Ed.: Director, UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children & Families
    • Tamara Hunter, DSW: Executive Director, Commission for Children & Families
    • Kelly LoBianco: Director, Department of Economic Opportunity
    • Tracie Mann, MPA: Chief of Programs, Los Angeles County Development Authority
    • Reid Meadows, MPP: Senior County Strategist, First 5 Los Angeles
    • Minsun Meeker, MPP: Assistant Executive Director, Office of Child Protection
    • Carrie Miller, Ph.D.: Executive Director, CEO – Poverty Alleviation Initiative
    • Angela Parks-Pyles: Deputy Director, Department of Child and Family Services
    • Erica Reynoso: Acting Executive Director, LA County Youth Commission
    • Kanchana Tate, LCSW: Mental Health Clinical Program Manager, Department of Mental Health
    • Cheri Todoroff, MPH: Executive Director, CEO – Homeless Initiative
    • Laura Trejo, DSW, MSG, MPA: Director, Aging and Disabilities Department
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