Last updated 06/14/2022
This event was held on February 3, 2022.
California’s health care systems have struggled under the surge of COVID-19 cases, intensifying disparities in care and resources. On February 3, Dean Dana Goldman and California Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly had a discussion on how California successfully weathered the crisis to date, and what the state can do to address the broader inequities exposed by the pandemic. This event was presented by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, and hosted by Dana Goldman, Dean and C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair; Co-director, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics; Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Economics, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Dr. Mark Ghaly
Dr. Mark Ghaly was appointed Secretary of the California Health & Human Services Agency in early 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom. In serving California, Dr. Ghaly has the privilege of working with partners across sectors and disciplines to improve the lives and life chances of all Californians. This has been especially true during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Dr. Ghaly is a primary care pediatrician who continues to use his clinical and community experiences, working in California’s health care safety net system, to inform a whole person, whole community, approach to integrating services so they are equity-anchored and person-centered for all, but especially the most vulnerable Californians. Dr. Ghaly holds the deep belief that together our collective efforts can not only serve Californians well today but set us on a path where all Californians have a brighter and healthier future.Nothing he does can be done well without the support of his wife, Dr. Christina Ghaly, and his 4 young children.