Amanda (Purcell) Bloom, MPH
Amanda Bloom is the Director of External Affairs for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. The Center raises awareness about public health issues and mobilizes communities to promote the establishment of effective health policies. It was established in 1999 by California's two public health associations as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. Amanda helps direct the Center's state-level advocacy and legislative efforts. The Center successfully sponsored the legislation that curtailed junk food and soda sales in California schools and the Center worked to achieve increased funding for physical education in California schools, and to create incentives to bring healthy food retailing to under-served communities. In 2008, the Center co-sponsored the successful state bill to require calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus and menu boards.
Previously, Amanda served as an Evaluation Specialist with California Project LEAN during which time she managed school-based nutrition and physical activity policy efforts throughout California.
Amanda received her Masters degree in Public Health from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Health Promotion. In addition to working for over a decade on nutrition and physical activity policy issues, Amanda has worked in the areas of adolescent HIV prevention and school-based asthma education.