Bachelor and Master of Arts, Biology, Pacific Union College
Master of Public Health, Health Education, Loma Linda University
Master of Science in Education, Instructional Design, University of Southern California
Doctor of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Preventive Care
Ezbon Jen is a third generation health professional in this country; his grandfather came to California right after the gold rush to provide health care for the Chinese miners and later the railroad workers in the San Francisco area. The location of his herbal medicine office was in San Francisco's Grant Avenue in the heart of Chinatown. Ezbon's father was trained as a civil engineer in San Francisco and as an herbal medicine specialist in southern China.
Ezbon was born in Hong Kong during World War II; came to California in 1946. He received his Master of Arts in Biology from Pacific Union College, his Master of Education from the University of Southern California, and his Master in Public Health as well as his Doctor in Public Health degrees from Loma Linda University.
After his completing his Master in Biology, he was drafted and was assigned to the 6/31 Battalion of the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, where he served as a combat field medical corpsman and was awarded the Combat Medical Badge and Bronze Star. He was later assigned to the Brigade Surgeon's Office in Tran An and later to the Education Office in Long Binh. He served a total of 13 months in Vietnam.
Upon the completion of his doctorate, he was appointed as a full-time faculty for 7 years at Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, providing classes for both master and doctoral students. During that period of time, he established a number of free community health clinics staffed by nursing, medical and public health students and volunteer physicians in the inner cities of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. He also worked on a heart disease prevention project with his Norwegian students above the Artic Circle in Norway. In addition he worked as a contract health education consultant for the United States Department of State's Agency for International Development in Tanzania, Africa, where women with only 8 years of formal education were trained to provide perinatal care.
Ezbon wanted next to concentrate on providing public health to the rural counties of Northern California where he spent 7 years in Humboldt, Del Norte, Tuolumne and Lake Counties, serving as public health education director and the county health administrator.
Dr. Jen returned to the academic world by serving as the Health and Human Services Director at Mendocino College. He is the Immediate Past Chair for the Saint Joseph Health Systems, Sonoma County Board of Directors. For the last 21 years, he has been the Dean of Instructions, Health Sciences at Santa Rosa Junior College.
In addition he takes students and health care professionals to Mexico, China, Vietnam and Nicaragua to provide dental and medical health care to the underserved. He has been to over 70 countries and been involved in training thousands of health care providers.
Professional Involvement and Community Service:
Member, Sonoma County Museum, 2015 to present
Member, Sonoma County Museum History Committee, 2015 to present
Director, Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Dental Outreach Program, 2005 to present
Honors and Awards:
Teacher of the Year Award -- Nursing Class, 1975, Loma Linda University, School of Nursing
Combat Medical Badge, United States Army, 1968
The Bronze Star Medal, For Meritorious Achievement In Ground Operations Against Hostil Forces, United States Army, 1969
International Services Award, Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club, 2003-2004
Rotarian of the Year, Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club, 2003-2004
Quiet Rotarian of the Year, Rotary District 5130, 2007-2008
Community Service Award, SRJC Associate Degree Nursing Program, 2013
Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to SRJC Student Life Programs by a Faculty Member, Santa Rosa Junior College Student Affairs and Associated Students Senate, 2014-2015