It is time for another update on changes in the world of health philanthropy, including the passing of a former CEO of a foundation. There is much news from California funders this time.

Diana M. Bontá stepped down as president and CEO of the Woodland Hills-based California Wellness Foundation on June 14, according to a June 17 e-alert from the funder. Bontá, a former director of the California Department of Health Services, stayed at the foundation nearly a year and a half. The foundation’s board will announce the appointment of an interim leader soon.

Sophia Chang, former director of the Better Chronic Disease Care program at the California HealthCare Foundation, has been named a vice president in the population health division of Accretive Health, a Chicago-based company that was founded in 2003. She will start there in September. She left the foundation in May. As a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) faculty member, Chang continues to practice general internal medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. She is coauthor of a GrantWatch article to be published in the July issue of Health Affairs. Watch for it!

Meanwhile, Chris Perrone is acting director of the foundation’s Better Chronic Disease Care program. (In addition, he is deputy director of its Health Reform and Public Programs initiative.)

In other California HealthCare Foundation news, Dan Gross, executive vice president of hospital operations for Sharp HealthCare, was elected to the foundation’s board of directors, according to a June 3 press release. He is also on the board of the American Hospital Association.

Crispin Delgado has joined the staff of the Blue Shield of California Foundation as a program officer in its Health Care and Coverage program. He comes to this San Francisco–based foundation from the San Mateo County Health System, where he was health policy initiatives manager. Delgado holds a master of public policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Blue Shield Foundation also hired Rachel Wick as a program officer for the Health Care and Coverage program. She was previously at the Consumer Health Foundation, in Washington, D.C., where she was director of policy, planning, and special projects. Wick was a 2010 Grantmakers In Health Terrance Keenan Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy Fellow. She holds a master of public health degree in health management and policy from the University of Michigan.

Kaying Hang has joined the Sierra Health Foundation as a senior program officer for its Sacramento [California] Region Health Care Partnership. According to a press release issued in May, Hang previously worked as associate director of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. In the past she also held positions at the Otto Bremer Foundation and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, both of which are located in Minnesota. She has a master of public health degree from Boston University.

Lisa Harris joined the staff of the Denver-based Rose Community Foundation in November. She is a communications manager there. She came there from the Colorado Health Foundation where she was director of communications: web and new media.

Howard Markel has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Milbank Quarterly, which is published by the Milbank Memorial Fund. He will start on October 1. Markel, “a critically acclaimed historian of medicine,” will also continue his work “as a professor, researcher, author, educator, and public health policy advisor,” according to a May press release. A member of the Institute of Medicine, he is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. He also is “an internationally known authority on the social history of epidemics and quarantine.”

Markel has written for Health Affairson a few occasions. For example, here is an article, published in 2009, on the 1918–19 US influenza pandemic, and here is a popular one on vaccines (this 2005 article came in at number 7 on the list of “50 Most-Read [Health Affairs] Articles” during May 2013!).

Markel will succeed Brad Gray, who has been editor since 2000.

Winston F. Wong is among those recently elected to the California Endowment’s board of directors, the foundation announced in June. “A physician and leader in public health with expertise in advocacy,” he is the director for Kaiser Permanente’s (KP’s) Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives, said a press release. In addition, Wong is medical director for Kaiser’s efforts to develop and cultivate “community partnerships that address the needs of the underserved and the pursuit of health equity” through KP’s Community Benefit program.

The release added that Wong “established the systematic measurement of disparities and equitable care” as part of KP’s quality strategy. This measurement resulted “in the development of GEMS [Geographically Enriched Member Socio-demographics],” KP’s “first virtual data warehouse capturing racial, ethnic, and other socio-economic data for 90 percent” of KP’s 8.6 million members.

In other news from the California Endowment, C. Dean Germano, who is CEO of the Shasta Community Health Center, in Redding, California, was elected chair of the endowment’s board of directors, according to a May 30 press release. Jane Garcia was elected vice chair; she is CEO of Clinica de La Raza, a community health center with multiple sites, in the San Francisco Bay area.

Job Openings at Foundations

California HealthCare Foundation: senior program officer, Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative. Briefly, the person in this position will “lead the development, implementation, and tracking of philanthropic strategies to support the implementation of health reform and to advance the effectiveness of California’s public coverage programs” and will report to the director of Health Reform and Public Programs, according to the funder’s website. This position is in the foundation’s Oakland office. Read the essential, as well as preferred, qualifications for the job and see the application instructions here. The description notes in a disclaimer: “no telecommuting or paid relocations.”

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in Louisville, has two openings.

One opening is for a senior program officer for the Investing in Kentucky’s Future Initiative, which is the foundation’s place-based children’s initiative. The job description notes that “extensive travel” within Kentucky is required. An advanced degree in health economics, health administration, community development, public health, or a related field is among the qualifications needed. For many more details, click here. The deadline for applying is July 31.

Another opening is for a community health research officer. According to the foundation’s website, “Successful candidates will have significant knowledge of health data sources and research methods, strong analytic and writing skills, and the ability to work with researchers, epidemiologists, and other technical and lay professionals and Foundation staff.” Also, “this position has lead responsibility for the Foundation’s health data collection and dissemination efforts, including public opinion polling, and provides support to the Foundation’s two major initiatives: “Promoting Responsive Health Policy and Investing in Kentucky’s Future [see above].” Qualifications for the job, and many more details about it, are listed here (make sure to scroll down to page 2!). The deadline for applying is June 30.

In Memoriam

On a sad note, I would like to mention the passing of Ann Pauli, a former president and CEO of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, in El Paso, Texas. According to a death notice in the El Paso Times, she died in October 2012. I mention it now in case you missed the news, as I did. Pauli served on the board of Grantmakers In Health. She retired from Paso del Norte in 2007. During her retirement, she served on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. She also became a Master Gardener.