Alice Chen

Deputy Secretary for Policy and Planning and Chief of Clinical Affairs
California Health and Human Services

Alice Hm Chen, MD, MPH is deputy secretary for policy and planning for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), where she focuses on issues of affordability, cost and coverage. She is also a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

She has dedicated her career to promoting health equity through direct patient care, teaching, policy and advocacy, and administrative leadership across a variety of settings, including public health, philanthropy, academia, and government. Proficient in Mandarin and Spanish, she maintains an active clinical practice in primary care internal medicine.

Prior to joining CHHS, she served as chief medical officer and deputy director for the San Francisco Health Network, the City’s $2 billion a year publicly funded delivery system encompassing primary, specialty, mental health, substance use, acute care, trauma, long term, jail health, and homeless health care services. She served as the executive operational sponsor for the Network’s implementation of an enterprise electronic health record, and led its work responding to value-based payments, addressing patient-level social determinants of health, and creating an integrated system of care.

Known for her work with vulnerable populations and delivery system innovations to improve access and quality of care for safety net systems, Dr. Chen has published over 50 book chapters, research and peer-reviewed articles, including in the New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs. She has served on the board of several non-profits and foundations, and currently serves as board president of The Health Initiative. In 2019, she was elected to the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

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. She is an alumna of the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, the Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship, the California HealthCare Foundation Leadership Program and the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship.