CHCF Adds Philanthropy Veteran to Leadership Team

Dr. Sophia Chang returns as vice president of programs


Sophia Chang, MD, MPH, has been appointed vice president of programs at the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), where she will lead the programmatic and grantmaking activities of the health care philanthropy, the foundation announced today.

Chang returns to CHCF from Accretive Health, where she was vice president and medical director of population health solutions for the Chicago-based health care improvement company. She was director of the Better Chronic Disease Care program at CHCF from 2003 until 2013.

“Sophia brings with her a deep understanding of philanthropy, the medical system, and CHCF itself,” said Dr. Sandra R. Hern├índez, who joined CHCF as president and CEO in January after leading The San Francisco Foundation for 16 years. “She needs no ramp up time to help me drive the foundation forward in these exceptional times.”

“It is an honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to return to CHCF and help fulfill its mission with a cadre of incredible colleagues,” said Chang. “I look forward to taking on a new role to help improve health care for Californians.”

Chang’s prior positions include director of the Veteran Health Administration’s Center for Quality Management in Public Health, director of the HIV/AIDS program for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and branch chief of AIDS Health Services for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Chang also served as medical director of the San Francisco Health Plan, a managed care plan for Medicaid recipients.

Chang will continue practicing general internal medicine at San Francisco General Hospital as a UCSF faculty member.

She received a master’s degree in public health at the University of California at Berkeley, a medical degree at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.


About the California Health Care Foundation

The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.