Sandra R. Hernández, MD, president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), will be the PHS Commencement speaker on Saturday, May 16. Hernández became president and CEO of CHCF in January 2014. CHCF is an independent foundation, headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with assets of more than $700 million. The foundation is dedicated to improving the health of Californians.
Prior to joining CHCF, Hernández was CEO of the San Francisco Foundation for 16 years. Before that, she served as director of public health for the city and county of San Francisco.
Hernández is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine and maintains a clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic. She is a graduate of Yale University, the Tufts School of Medicine and the certificate program for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she spent much of her childhood in rural New Mexico with her grandparents. There she came to honor and appreciate her Mexican culture and the intrinsic values of community and public service. Her love of science and math was nourished by her father, a self-educated engineer.
Hernández serves as a trustee of the Reno-based Asbestos Settlement Trusts and as an independent director of First Republic Bank. She is a member of the Public Policy Institute of California’s Statewide Leadership Council, the Yale University President’s Council, the UCSF Chancellor’s Advisory Board, and the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Advisory Board.
Her earlier affiliations include President Clinton’s Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry, and two Institute of Medicine committees – on the Consequences of Uninsurance and on the Implementation of Antiviral Medication Strategies for an Influenza Pandemic.
She is a former board member of Grantmakers In Health, the Council on Foundations, and the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB). She co-chaired San Francisco’s Universal Healthcare Council, which designed Healthy San Francisco, an innovative health access program for the uninsured.
Her full biography is available here.
About the California HealthCare Foundation
The California HealthCare Foundation works as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better health care for all Californians. We support ideas and innovations that improve quality, increase efficiency, and lower the costs of care. Read more: http://www.chcf.org/about.