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Breakfast with Dr. Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO, The California Endowment

Friday, March 29, 2013
8:00am - 10:00am PDT
1020 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Please join Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy (SCBIP) for an intimate breakfast conversation with Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and chief executive officer of The California Endowment (TCE), where he will share his thoughts on the current state of the philanthropic sector, his work at TCE and his philanthropic journey.

As part of its bold campaign to build healthy communities, TCE seeks to narrow health gaps for boys and men of color. This has resulted in significant investments in research, community-based organizations, trainings and other activities. Last year, Dr. Ross spent several months traveling around the country speaking with policy experts, elected leaders, community activists and young men in order to deepen his understanding of what more is needed to narrow health gaps for men of color. 


Dr. Robert K. Ross
President and Chief Executive Officer, The California Endowment
Dr. Robert K. Ross leads The California Endowment (TCE), a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in 2000, Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego, and Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia. He has an extensive background as a clinician and public health administrator. His service includes: medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program, Camden, New Jersey; instructor of clinical medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health.

Ross has been actively involved in community and professional activities at both the local and national level. He served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and on the Boards of the National Marrow Donor Program, San Diego United Way and Jackie Robinson YMCA. Ross is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative.

Ross has received numerous awards and honors including the Council on Foundations’ Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year Award, "Youth Advocacy Humanitarian of the Year" award; the "Outstanding Community Service Award" from the Volunteers of America; the "Leadership Award" from the Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties; and the National Association of Health Services Executives “Health Administrator of the Year Citation.” He was also a recipient of the national “Public Officials of the Year Award” presented by Governing Magazine. Other honors include awards from Planned Parenthood Southern Pennsylvania, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and West Philadelphia Economic Development Corporation. Ross also was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, focusing on urban child health issues. He was also named by Capitol Weekly as one of California’s most influential civic leaders in health policy in 2006.

During his tenure at TCE, the foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex-offender populations and strengthening the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity to the health professions.  Ross received his undergraduate, masters in public administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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