Julia Liou, CEO Asian Health Services
Julia Liou, MPH, is Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services (AHS). Ms. Liou previously was Chief Deputy of Administration at AHS, where she has served in various roles since 2000.
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Born to immigrants originally from Taiwan and Hong Kong, Ms. Liou has spearheaded key initiatives, programs, and departments at AHS, and in the Oakland Chinatown and Asian community, including the Revive Chinatown Project, and the California Health Nail Salon Collaborative. During her tenure with AHS, Ms. Liou has led the charge in strategic planning, development, the AHS Business Council, communications, advocacy and fundraising campaigns, and with cornerstone relationships.
“Twenty years ago, I fell in love with AHS’ dual mission of advocacy and services,” said Ms. Liou. Whether forging coalitions or calling attention to neglected needs, fundraising for civic engagement or lifting up patient voices to change policies, she says, “I joined AHS with a deep desire to work in the AAPI community. I went on the clinic tour and in the patients I could see my own immigrant grandfather. He didn’t speak English, had a hard time finding a job, and was fortunate to have a provider who spoke his language given the health issues he faced. I have always wanted to carry forward to others the positive impact he experienced.”
In recent years, Ms. Liou has catapulted AHS’ development successes in donor gifts, capital campaign fundraising, events, and grants from government and foundations. She also led planning and implementation of multiple agency strategic initiatives, ensured compliance with federal community health center regulations and standards, and oversaw public relations, branding, and communications.
During the COVID pandemic, Ms. Liou collaborated with the health centers throughout the nation through the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to successfully advocate for a federal funding stream that seeds innovation and technology for community health centers nationwide. Ms. Liou earned her Bachelors of Art from Wellesley and Masters in Public Health from UCLA, and sits on numerous boards including Kaiser Permanente National Research Board, California Primary Care Association and co-chairs NACHC’s Innovation Advisory Council.
Liz Perez-Howe, CEO Axis Community Health
Liz Perez-Howe was named CEO in June, 2022, prior to that she was the Chief Operating Officer for Axis.
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Growing up in a low-income household, Liz holds a deep, personal connection to Axis’s mission of providing accessible, affordable, and compassionate healthcare that fosters the well-being of all community members. She owes much of who she is today to safety net programs like Axis, that made it possible for her to live a healthy and successful life. After earning her degree in Psychology at Southeastern University, Liz pursued a master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Georgia State University. Her professional journey includes directing regional operations for Sylvan Learning Center in Northern California and directing services at a 19-county mental health agency in Georgia.
In 2013, Liz joined Axis Community Health as the Director of Clinic Operations. In this capacity, she laid the foundation for the operational excellence of all Axis clinics while providing effective and inspirational leadership. Her accomplishments in this role propelled her to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, she played a pivotal role in overseeing Axis’s expansion into dental, acupuncture, and chiropractic services, and was instrumental in ensuring the continued operation of Axis clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2023, Liz was unanimously selected as Axis’s new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Sue Compton. In her role as CEO, Liz is committed to breaking down barriers to healthcare, advocating for policy changes, and forging partnerships with community organizations.
Zettie D. Page, III, CEO Bay Area Community Health
Zettie D. Page, III, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer (CEO), joined Bay Area Community Health, in January 2013.
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Dr. Page is a former FQHC CEO with a career focused on increasing access to care while decreasing disparities in healthcare through stabilizing and transitioning community health centers as primary safety net providers within their service areas.
He has over 20 years of experience working with FQHC’s and recently served as CEO for Salud Para La Gente in Watsonville where he led organizational expansion from 13 to 23 sites, a strengthening of governance, revision to the strategic plan, and implementation of an electronics record system. He also secured nearly $8 million in grants to improve clinics. Dr. Page worked as an Executive Director of Plains Medical Center in Limon, Colorado. Dr. Page speaks fluent Mandarin, holds a doctorate of medicine in general medicine, a doctorate in social work, and three Masters Degrees in Social Work, Health Education and MBA. He has retired from 36 years of military (reserve) service as a Colonel.
Dr. Page is currently the Chairman of HHS’s National Advisory Council on Migrant Health, a member of the board of directors for the CA School Based Health Clinics Association and a well-known leader working with agencies on transformational change. His leadership experience and track record of successfully delivering organization stability is key for BACH to sustain its mission and services to the community in the new health care environment.
Jane Garcia, CEO La Clínica
Ms. Jane García has led La Clínica de La Raza since she became CEO in 1983 and the strength of her leadership is apparent when looking at the organization itself.
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La Clínica has grown from a $2 million dollar project to an over $92 million dollar institution. La Clínica employs over 800 staff and serves over 74,000 patients across 30 sites in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties. La Clínica is one of the largest community health clinics in the state of California.
Ms. García is an advocate and activist with a passion for preserving community health care for all residents regardless of ability to pay. Her commitment to community health care has been recognized on numerous occasions. The most recent of which include La Clínica’s recognition as a “Public Health Hero-Organizational Hero Award” from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and Ms. García’s recognition by the San Francisco Business Times as a Healthcare Hero in the Community Impact category.
Ms. García received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley.