Dr. John Capitman, executive director for the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State, was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District Governing Board.

Capitman brings an extensive background in research and is nationally renowned for his work in health disparities, long-term care, substance abuse and racial and ethnic disparities in cancer care. Capitman was formerly a professor and director of long-term care studies in the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

He has conducted research on increasing the participation of elders in health and long-term care decisions, supporting informal caregivers for persons with disabilities and limiting sales of alcohol and tobacco products to minors. Capitman has taught and wrote about how social location influences health and the use of health services. He has been published extensively in the areas of financing, organization and delivery of community long-term care.

Capitman has been at Fresno State since 2005, and holds more than 20 years of experience in health policy research and analysis, including appointments at the Virginia Center on Aging, California Department of Health Services, Medical College of Virginia/ Virginia Commonwealth University and Brandeis University.

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