Arthur Chen, MDFamily Physician and Safety Net Provider
Asian Health Services
Dr. Chen is currently a Senior Fellow focusing on building a learning organization that promotes a culture of service excellence and community advocacy at Asian Health Services (a community health center) in Oakland, California, where he has practiced inpatient and outpatient medicine as a family physician since 1983 and also served as their Medical Director and Special Programs Director (1984-1995). From 2001-2009 he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Alameda Alliance for Health, a Medicaid Managed Care non-profit public entity serving 100,000 low income residents of Alameda County. From 1996-2001 he was the Health Officer for Alameda County. Prior to that, he served as an emergency room physician and the Associate Medical Director of the Institute of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. He was also the Executive Director of the Chinatown Health Clinic (Charles B. Wang Health Center) in New York City.
Since 2009, he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians, a national organization of physicians committed to advancing the health and well being of Asian American and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander peoples and communities. He also serves on the Board (Chairperson, 2006-2008) of The California Endowment, a health foundation focused on improving health status and access to care for California's medically underserved population. He chaired (1998-2006) the Board of Directors of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the health status of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. From 2001-2003 he was appointed to the Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists for the CA Dept of Consumer Affairs. Between 1997-2001 he served on the National Association of County and City Health Officials MAPP (Mobilization 3 for Action through Planning and Partnerships) planning committee (formerly APEXCPH: Assessment and Planning Excellence through Community Partners for Health. From 1999-2001 and 2004 to present, he served as an Executive Council member of the Alameda Contra Costa County Medical Association. In 1999 he served on the CDC/ATSDR Task Force on Public Health Workforce Development. From 1997-2001 he served as a Board Member and later an Executive Committee member of the California Conference of Local Health Officers.
Dr. Chen was the recipient of the 2008 California Medical Association Foundation's Robert D. Sparks, MD Leadership Award. He was selected as a fellow to the 1996-7 Public Health Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the University of California. During l989-l992 he was a member of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program. He has also served on advisory and planning committees to the Bureau of Primary Health Care of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Office of Minority Health, the National Institutes of Health and the American Lung Association. He has also testified before Congress and President Clinton's Health Task Force.