Cecilia Oregón Echeverría

Senior Director for Public Policy, Strategy & Operations
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 KP 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.

She has a background in philanthropy (Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Endowment, and the California Healthcare Foundation) and public policy (Congressional Research Service).  She earned her MPP and MPH from UC-Berkeley and is an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellows program.

Q&A with Cecilia Echeverría

My policy expertise

Access to health for low-income and vulnerable populations; safety net systems of care including community clinics and health centers, public hospitals, and school based health centers; behavioral health; clinic to community integration; and adolescent and early childhood health.

Health Care Trends I’m Watching

I’m watching health care grapple with moving 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

I have experience working with the public sector (Alameda County Public Health Department in California and the Congressional Research Service in Washington, DC) and in health philanthropy (California Healthcare Foundation, The California Endowment, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and in Kaiser Permanente’s National Community Benefit program).  I am an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellowship program and in 2012 I was selected as a participant in the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.  In 2015, I was selected to participate in Kaiser Permanente’s Strategic Leadership Program.

What Drives Me in Health Policy

Meeting the needs of the underserved.

Interests and Experience

I currently serve as an Alameda County First 5 Commissioner and sit on the board of directors for the California School Based Health Alliance.  I enjoy working with non-profits that advance causes that I care about.

I enjoy cooking and baking (although you can ask my two children how skilled I am in the kitchen).  I also enjoy face painting for children.

Selected Publications

Serena Clayton, Teresa Chin, Samantha Blackburn, and Cecilia Echeverria Different Setting, Different Care: Integrating Prevention and Clinical Care in School-Based Health Centers. American Journal of Public Health: September 2010, Vol. 100, No. 9, pp. 1592-1596.


I am a 3 time UC Berkeley Graduate: BA, MPP, MPH

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