(Sacramento) - Newly elected Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D - Fresno)
is requesting budget funding for a program intended to identify health disparities by race,
ethnicity and language data. "I've seen firsthand the health disparities that exist," said Dr.
Arambula. "The data we collect will help guide future solutions to this major medical issue."
Arambula made the requests before the Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services to
spearhead an effort by the California Latino Legislative Caucus to address these issues across the
state. In addition, Dr. Arambula also asked that $15 million be invested in a program administered
by the Department of Healthcare Services to provide and reimburse medical interpretation services
to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients. Here's more from Dr.
Arambula in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/arambula
(Sacramento) – In a special ceremony on the floor of the California Assembly Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember of the 31st District. Dr. Arambula says during his time in the Assembly he will focus on expanding access to clean water, increasing the amount of water available for farms, and ensuring that everyone has the right to quality and affordable medical care. Fresno’s KSEE24 News was in Sacramento for the swearing in ceremony. Watch KSEE24 News reporter Janelle Bludau’s story in this Assembly Assets video.
Local Emergency Room Physician to Focus on Healthcare, Water, Jobs
(SACRAMENTO)—Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember of the 31st District today in a brief ceremony on the Floor of the California Assembly.
“It is an honor to represent the Central Valley,” said Dr. Arambula. “I intend to be a true public servant, and listen more than talk. Most importantly, every decision I make will be in light of the needs of the constituents I am so proud to represent.”
“Dr. Arambula has dedicated his life to serving his community – first as an emergency room physician, and now as a member of the Assembly,” said Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount). “Representing a district that shares many of the challenges Dr. Arambula’s constituents face, I know he will be an effective and dedicated advocate for the people of the Valley.”
After a bruising special election campaign brought on by the resignation of his predecessor in the Assembly, Dr. Arambula won the seat outright without the need for a runoff.
In the Assembly, Dr. Arambula will focus on expanding access to clean water, increasing the amount of water available for farms, and ensuring that everyone has the right to quality and affordable medical care.
Dr. Arambula was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley, where he attended Fresno public schools. Later he completed medical school, and returned to his home community to practice medicine as an emergency room physician in the City of Selma. He lives in Kingsburg with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three daughters.
Below are links to audio of Assemblymember Arambula:
Assemblymember Arambula has the oath of office administered by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon. (1:00)
Assemblymember Arambula thanks his supporters, friends and family during his remarks on the Assembly floor following his swearing in. (:39)
Assemblymember Arambula, speaking with reporters after his swearing in, says water policy will be his first priority. (:18)
Assemblymember Arambula, speaking with reporters after his swearing in, says he’s humbled and honored to represent his district in the State Assembly. (:16)
Assemblymember Arambula, speaking with reporters after his swearing in, says he got some advice from his Dad, former Assemblymember Juan Arambula. (:18)
Assemblymember Arambula, speaking with reporters after his swearing in, says he’s ready to deal with another election. (:12)
CONTACT: Chuck Gregorski, (559) 232-1559
Dr. Joaquin Arambula is sworn in by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Looking on are his three daughters and wife, Elizabeth. Arambula now represents the 31st Assembly District. The seat has been vacant due to the resignation of former Assemblyman Henry T. Perea.