Debbie Chang is president and chief executive officer at Blue Shield of California Foundation. In this role, Ms. Chang leads the Foundation’s work to make California the healthiest state and help end domestic violence. She oversees more than $30 million in annual grantmaking. Throughout her career she has championed equity and inclusion in health and health care, drawing on a deep personal commitment to building a more just and equitable world.
Ms. Chang is a nationally recognized public health, health care financing, and policy expert. For over 30 years she has demonstrated a proven track record of establishing innovative programs and national and regional partnerships, including spearheading a national partnership with Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative to combat childhood obesity. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, she served as senior vice president and chief policy and prevention officer for Nemours Children’s Health System. There, she led transformative efforts to focus on value-based care and health outcomes, working with communities to address the social determinants of health. Ms. Chang also leveraged Nemours’ expertise and experience to spread and scale what works through national policy and practice changes to improve the health of children nationwide.
She has held key government positions, including deputy secretary of Health Care Financing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and she was the first Federal Director of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Ms. Chang is actively engaged in professional appointments with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on population health improvement and obesity solutions, and she chairs the Academies’ Early Care and Education Innovation Collaborative. Her numerous honors, awards, speeches, and publications in the areas of social determinants of health, systems transformation, Medicaid, CHIP, and prevention, are a testament to her vast achievements and career-long commitment to support the well-being of all people.
Ms. Chang earned a master's degree in policy and administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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