Cecilia Oregon Echeverría

Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy

Cecilia Echeverría is the Senior Director for Public Policy, Strategy & Operations for Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy (IHP). In her role, Cecilia identifies emerging health policy topics and guides the Institute’s portfolio of work.  Her specific areas of expertise include access to health care for underserved populations as well as behavioral health, school based health, and early childhood issues.  She also leads strategy and operations for IHP.

Cecilia joined Kaiser Permanente in 2013 as the Director of Safety Net Partnerships for the National Community Benefit program. In her role, Cecilia helped accelerate safety net grant strategy and initiatives.  She also fostered the development and spread of national and regional safety net partnerships.

Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Cecilia served as a program officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation where she managed the portfolio of grants focused on strengthening California’s healthcare safety net. She has also served as a senior program officer with The California Endowment where she provided strategic direction to The Endowment’s efforts to promote school health, expand public health insurance coverage, and strengthen the healthcare safety net. Before that she was with the California HealthCare Foundation as a policy analyst. Outside of philanthropy, she has served as a legislative analyst for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, D.C., and as a special projects associate for the Alameda County Public Health Department.

Cecilia has a bachelor of arts in social welfare, a master’s in public policy, and a master’s in public health from University of California, Berkeley. She is an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellowship program and in 2012 she was selected as a participant in the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.  She currently serves as an Alameda County First 5 Commissioner and sits on the board of directors for the California School Based Health Alliance.

Policy expertise

Access to health care for underserved populations, community health, mental health and wellness, school based health, and early childhood issues

Health care trends I’m watching

The move from “volume to value” and the changes that accompany that shift.  In many ways, the healthcare safety net has been working on this question for decades by working to address the social and economic needs of their patients. I’m also watching as the field grapples with deploying approaches like trauma informed care to help better meet the needs of their patients and improve their overall experience.

Professional accomplishments

Alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellowship program and a participant in the 2012 cohort of the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.  I currently serve as an Alameda County First 5 Commissioner and sit on the board of directors for the California School Based Health Alliance.

Interests and experience

I joined Kaiser Permanente in 2013 as the Director of Safety Net Partnerships for the National Community Benefit program. In that role, I helped accelerate safety net grant strategy and initiatives.

Prior to Kaiser Permanente, I worked in private philanthropy.  I served as a program officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation where I managed the portfolio of grants focused on strengthening California’s healthcare safety net. I also served as a senior program officer with The California Endowment where I provided strategic direction to The Endowment’s efforts to promote school health, expand public health insurance coverage, and strengthen the healthcare safety net. Before that I was with the California HealthCare Foundation as a policy analyst.

Outside of philanthropy, I served as a legislative analyst for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, D.C., and as a special projects associate for the Alameda County Public Health Department.

What drives me in health policy

Meeting the needs of the underserved.

Education

  • Master’s degree, public policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master’s degree, public health, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts, social welfare, University of California, Berkeley