The Yolo County Board of Supervisors today approved the selection of Larissa May as Yolo County’s interim health officer. She is a professor of emergency medicine and a public health expert at UC Davis Health.
May has often focused her research and work on the epidemiology and management of infectious diseases. Those efforts include best practices for diagnostic testing, outbreak response and infection prevention.
She also helped organize and lead the health system’s highly regarded Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Program, which is a model for improving quality of care and patient safety.
As Yolo County’s health officer, May will provide subject matter expertise, help craft policy and health orders, and guide the Board of Supervisors on its health strategies and concerns.
This is not the first UC Davis Health physician to assist Yolo County. John Rose, a professor of emergency medicine, currently serves as the county’s medical director for emergency medical services. Christian Sandrock, professor of internal medicine, previously served in the same role May now holds.
“We’re pleased to serve our community with the expertise of our health researchers,” said David Lubarsky, vice chancellor of human health sciences and CEO of UC Davis Health. “As we’ve all seen, COVID-19 makes this a crucial time for providing timely health guidance and safety information for communities. Like other UC Davis Health physicians before her, Dr. May’s expertise will complement the experience of other experts and Yolo County officials as they all work together to determine the best ways to protect everyone during this pandemic.”
Lubarsky also noted that the university has long been a regional resource for helping to protect public health in communities surrounding its campuses.
UC Davis Health has a partnership with Sacramento County supporting COVID-19 testing clinics and treating patients at the county’s Primary Care Center, which is adjacent to the UC Davis’ Sacramento campus.
May will share job responsibilities with the county’s current acting health officer, Mary Ann Limbos, until a permanent health officer is selected. She will also remain as a full-time faculty member with UC Davis Health.
“We are quite fortunate to have secured someone whose credentials and experience are as extensive and relevant as Dr. May’s,” said Gary Sandy, chair to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, in a press release following the board’s action. “She will bring a fresh perspective to the crisis and her background in public health and research at UC Davis will be invaluable in combatting the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community.”