The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is pleased to welcome to the Golden State the hundreds of Health Journalism 2015 attendees from across the nation who inform and inspire positive social change.
We count on the tireless efforts of reporters, broadcasters, producers, and editors to help Americans understand the strengths, weaknesses, and complexities of the health care system and the institutions and people who run it. As a longtime supporter of the association and its work, we extend a special welcome and shout out to the 20 AHCJ-California Health Journalism Fellows:
Lisa Aliferis, editor, KQED, San Francisco
Larry Beresford, independent journalist, Alameda
Samantha Caiola, health reporter, The Sacramento Bee
Cheryl Clark, senior quality editor, HealthLeaders Media, San Diego
Victoria Colliver, staff writer, San Francisco Chronicle
Deborah Crowe, independent journalist, Los Angeles
Heidi de Marco, multimedia reporter, Kaiser Health News, Hacienda Heights
April Dembosky, health reporter, KQED, San Francisco
Randy Dotinga, independent journalist, San Diego
Barbara Feder Ostrov, independent journalist, San Jose
Katharine Gammon, independent journalist, Santa Monica
Anna Gorman, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News, Menlo Park
Sandra Shewry is vice president for External Engagement, where she leads CHCF’s health policy communications, digital publishing, government relations, and audience engagement functions. The External Engagement team works with colleagues across the foundation to deepen partnerships and collaborations in support of CHCF’s vision and goals. Sandra previously served as CHCF’s director of State Health Policy.
Prior to joining the foundation, she was president and CEO of the Center for Connected Health Policy, a nonprofit organization working to remove policy barriers to the integration of telehealth technologies into California’s health care system. Sandra held a number of senior leadership positions within California state government, including director of the California Department of Health Care Services, which administers the state Medicaid program (Medi-Cal). Other programs under her leadership included public health, emergency preparedness, and licensing of health facilities. She also served as the executive director of the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. Sandra received bachelor’s degrees in community studies and psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and master’s degrees in public health and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.