“Does your zip code matter more than your genetic code?”
“Is inequality making us sick?”
Senior VP for Healthy Communities
Dr. Anthony Iton is Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. He oversees the organization’s 10-Year, $1 billion statewide commitment to advancing policies and forging partnerships to build healthy communities and a healthy California.
Dr. Iton believes that reinvigorating democracy in California’s underserved communities is the first step in improving residents’ health.
As Senior Vice President of the Building Healthy Communities program, Iton is leading an effort to empower residents in 14 cities across California with the worst health outcomes to fight for changes in their communities that will help them lead healthier lives.
Prior to his appointment at The California Endowment, Iton served as the director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. Under his leadership, Alameda County launched an innovative plan to improve the health and lifespan of low-income communities by focusing on the poverty, racism and discrimination that prevented residents from getting good housing, better jobs and quality healthcare and educational opportunities. Iton’s dedication to improving the quality of people’s lives was founded during his contrasted experiences growing up in Montreal, Canada and attending medical school in East Baltimore, Maryland.
Published in numerous public health and medical publications, Iton M.D., J.D., MPH, earned his B.S. in Neurophysiology, with honors, from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.