Newsletter November – December 2015: Executive Director Kim Gallo Wins San Diego Business Journal Healthcare Champion Award
Executive Director Kim Gallo Wins San Diego Business Journal Healthcare Champion Award
We are proud and excited to share that Executive Director Kim Gallo was a recipient of the San Diego Business Journal 2015 Healthcare Champion Award in the category of Company Executive. The award honors individuals within the San Diego community who have made a significant impact on the quality of health care in San Diego County. Gallo was recognized for her steadfast dedication and exceptional leadership to give children ages 0 through 5 and pregnant women access to healthcare, growth and development services, dental care, high-quality preschool, and family support.
First 5 San Diego is the second largest of 58 county commissions in the state of California. Gallo oversees an approximate annual operating budget of $75 million. Last fiscal year, under Gallo’s leadership, First 5 San Diego provided direct services to nearly 70,000 children, parents and caregivers, and providers. She has led parent education efforts to help families to eat healthy and live a healthier lifestyle, particularly through a partnership with leading grocer Vons. Gallo has also spearheaded the Talk, Sing, and Read early literacy campaign in San Diego County, part of a nationwide movement that encourages parents to talk, sing and read to their child starting at birth.