Alice Chen

Alice Hm Chen, MD, MPH is Chief Health Officer (CHO) of Centene Corporation, a managed care organization that invests in communities and supports the health of families and individuals. Prior to joining Centene, Dr. Chen was Chief Medical Officer at Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, where she was responsible for healthcare strategy focused on quality, equity and delivery system transformation. She previously served as Deputy Secretary for Policy and Planning and Chief of Clinical Affairs for the California Health and Human Services Agency, where she led many of the Newsom administration’s signature health policy initiatives on affordability and access and played a leadership role in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

She previously served as chief integration officer for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) and founding director of the eConsult program before becoming inaugural chief medical officer and deputy director for the San Francisco Health Network, the city’s $2 billion-a-year publicly funded integrated delivery system.  A professor of medicine at UCSF, she has published extensively including in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs.  Dr. Chen currently serves on the Harvard University Board of Overseers and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  A graduate of Yale University, Stanford University Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Chen's training includes a primary care internal medicine residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital.  Proficient in Mandarin and Spanish, she maintains an active primary care practice at ZSFG.  

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