Dr. Rishi Manchanda is President & Founder of HealthBegins, a public health startup that provides healthcare with tools to help address patients’ social needs and the community factors that drive disease. Dr. Manchanda also works in the Office of Transformation and Innovation at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, where he leads a new primary care clinic serving complex, high-utilizing homeless veterans.

In 2008, Dr. Manchanda founded RxDemocracy!, a national nonpartisan coalition of health care providers committed to increasing voter and civic engagement to reduce health inequity. RxDemocracy is currently a project of the National Physicians Alliance, where Dr.Manchanda serves as a board member. Dr. Manchanda served in the National Health Service Corps for four years. During that time, he was the Director of Social Medicine and Health Equity at a community health center network in south Los Angeles, where he provided primary care and led initiatives addressing local social determinants of health.

Dr. Manchanda earned undergraduate, medical and public health degrees from Tufts University and was the first graduate of UCLA’s combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency program. In 2012, he was recognized by the Institute of Medicine as a Profession Physician Advocacy Merit Award with an honorable mention and has served on the advisory board of the Grameen Creative Lab, a project of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Recent Posts by Rishi Manchanda

The US Health Disadvantage And Clinicians: An Interview With Paula Braveman

The US spends far more per person on health care than any other nation. But a growing body of research demonstrates that Americans – rich or poor, minority or not - suffer from a widening “health disadvantage” when compared to citizens of other high-income countries. On January 9, the...

How Hospitals Can Help Get Out The Vote

As I write this, the Supreme Court has yet to reveal its decision about the Affordable Care Act. Regardless of what they decide, we can be certain of one thing. This November, the ability of Americans to get the facts they need to make informed choices about the future of US health policy will...