CSAC Bulletin Article

Secretary Confirmed for CA Health and Human Services Agency


Dr. Mark Ghaly, who has extensive county experience, was confirmed as the state’s new California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary by the Senate Rules Committee this week. CSAC was pleased to support Dr. Ghaly’s confirmation as Secretary, and the Rules Committee unanimously voted to forward a recommendation for confirmation to the full Senate.

Dr. Ghaly brings a unique and diverse set of experiences to this position, having served as both a physician and a public health expert in county systems. This experience includes working for two counties: Los Angeles and San Francisco.

For the past eight years, he worked for Los Angeles County as the Deputy Director of the Department of Health Services and then the Director of Health and Social Impact. Prior to those positions he was a Medical Director for the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Southeast Health Center. A key focus throughout Dr. Ghaly’s work has been the integration of critical local services, such as health, human assistance, and behavioral health. As a practicing pediatrician, he has also focused on the lives and needs of children and youth in county systems.

The state and counties work closely throughout the health and human services realm as all 58 counties deliver critical services on behalf of the state. Dr. Ghaly’s direct county experience will be an asset for the California Health and Human Services Agency and the county partnerships on numerous health and human services initiatives. CSAC looks forward to continuing that partnership under Dr. Ghaly’s leadership as CHHS Secretary.

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