In My Own Words

State Fair Offers Best of Our State

August 5, 2015

What’s not to love about the California State Fair? Whether you come for the splash dogs, concerts, cooking demonstrations, scientific wonders, award-winning California wines or the funnel cake, the fair brings the best our state has to offer, right in our own backyard.

Vaccines are safe

June 26, 2015

When I ran for the State Senate, I pledged to work to make our communities safe and healthy. Shortly after being sworn in, measles spread from Disneyland across California and the country because too many children were not vaccinated against measles and other preventable contagious diseases. To prevent future outbreaks, I authored legislation, SB277, to require school children be vaccinated, unless a physician believes vaccination is not appropriate for the child.

April 14, 2015

Sometimes there are miracles in medicine. One of the most eagerly anticipated announcements in medical history was made 60 years ago last Sunday. The world learned that a vaccine for polio developed by a young scientist named Jonas Salk was safe and effective.

April 7, 2015

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article17750384.html

By Ed Hernandez, Richard Pan and Rob Bonta

We represent distinctly different parts of a diverse state, but we stand together when it comes to keeping communities safe and healthy, reducing the risk of illnesses associated with tobacco and increasing access to health care.

Measure gives researchers access to data needed to comprehensively Conduct their research on firearm violence and prevention

April 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 536, a measure authored by Dr. Richard Pan, to provide much-needed data to researchers affiliated with the California Firearm Violence Research Center, passed the California State Senate today on a vote of 25-13. 

April 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and author of legislation aimed at boosting vaccine rates, hailed new data released today by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) demonstrating that, in its first year of implementation, Senate Bill 277 is raising school vaccine rates to levels not seen in a decade and a half. 

February 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a former UC Davis faculty member and Director of the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program, made the following statement regarding the selection of Gary May, Ph.D. as UC Davis Chancellor: