The close link between public safety, public health, and consumer protection is a vital one in the Central District of California and on April 23 US Attorney André Birotte Jr. addressed this subject at the Health Care Consumer Protection Summit in Los Angeles County, a half-day Summit convened at The California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. The event was co-hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, California Consumer Affairs Association, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and it featured the presence of numerous not-for-profit stakeholders and legal services like the Community Clinic Association of LA County, the Wise & Healthy Aging Services and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Legal Services. Well over 120 persons from the various agencies and organizations attended and participated. In his opening remarks, U.S. Attorney Birotte called on federal and local law enforcement to work closer than ever before with state and local health services and stakeholders in both the public and private sector in order to educate consumers about the increasing dangers and perils of health care fraud in today’s society. AUSA David Kirman, one of the CDCA's Health Care Fraud Coordinators, appeared on a panel with representatives of the FBI, the FDA and HHS, and the Office of the California Attorney General. AUSA Bruce Riordan and Community Relations Specialist Gymeka Williams helped organize the event, the first of its kind in the region, along with Rigoberto Reyes, Chief Investigator for the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs.