Newsom appoints Alice Chen to Deputy Secretary for Policy, Planning at CHHSA

Late Friday afternoon, Gov. Newsom announced the appointment of Dr. Alice Chen as Deputy Secretary for Policy and Planning at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA).

Dr. Mark Ghaly, Newsom’s Secretary of CHHSA, has been careful in reviewing the existing staff he inherited from the Brown administration.  However, announcements like this are expected in the weeks ahead as Ghaly build his own team to implement Gov. Newsom’s vision for health care reform in the state.


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Here is more information on Dr. Chen from the announcement.

Alice Chen, 50, of Berkeley, has been appointed deputy secretary for policy and planning and chief of clinical affairs for the California Health and Human Services Agency. Chen has been deputy director and chief medical officer for the San Francisco Health Network at the San Francisco Department of Public Health since 2015 and a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine since 2005. Chen is a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and a board member of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society, National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians and the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. She is board president of the Health Access Foundation and the Health Initiative. Chen earned a Master of Public Health degree in health care policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford Medical School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $190,008. Chen is a Democrat.