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California Health Care's Response to the Pandemic

California was the first state to shelter in place, and the Bay Area began sheltering even earlier. While this appears to have reduced the rate of growth in COVID-19 cases, the nation’s largest state still is severely challenged by the global pandemic. Many hospitals are overcrowded, the numbers of patients in rural areas are increasing, hundreds of Californians have died, and many have lost both their jobs and their health-care coverage.

How is the health-care system in the state responding? What are the health and financial implications for individual Californians? Three California health-care leaders whose organizations collectively impact millions of citizens will share what their organizations are doing to tackle the crisis.


This program is generously supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and a collaborative of local funders and donors. We are grateful for their support and hope others will follow their example to support the Club during these uncertain times.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
April 17, 2020

United States

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Dr. Bechara Choucair

M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente

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Sandra Hernandez

M.D., President and CEO, the California Health Care Foundation

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Peter Lee

Executive Director, Covered California

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Mark Zitter

Chair, The Zetema Project; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Moderator


2 p.m. program (PDT)