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Peter Long, Ph.D.


President and CEO


Peter Long, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. He leads the Foundation in its mission to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. In 2013 alone, the Foundation provided $34 million to 326 organizations across California, making it one of the state’s largest grantmaking institutions.

Prior to joining Blue Shield of California Foundation, Dr. Long served in leadership roles at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and The California Endowment. He has extensive experience working on health policy issues at the state, national, and global levels, and has written numerous papers on the topic.

Dr. Long also served as the director of development and programs for the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, before assuming his position there as executive director. Previously, in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Long was a legislative analyst for the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network during the country’s transition to democracy.

Outside of his role as CEO, Dr. Long is actively involved in multiple healthcare and professional organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for Grantmakers in Health and the Governance Board at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. He is also an advisor to The Aspen Institute’s Veterans Initiative, which works to meet the mental health needs of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, Dr. Long is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care, and practices as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health.

Dr. Long received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University; a master’s in health policy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; and his doctorate in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children.


Recent Posts by Peter Long

California’s Low Income Health Program: A Public-Private Partnership That Worked

Amidst all of the criticism surrounding early implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there was, in fact, a bright spot. As soon as the ACA was signed into law, California developed a landmark initiative known as the Low Income Health Program (LIHP). The program would go on to provide...

An ACA Navigator Massive Open Online Course: Using The Emerging U.S. Health Care System

Many observers claim that we do not have a true “healthcare system” in the United States. Instead we have fragmentation across multiple dimensions resulting in unsustainable cost increases, compromised quality, and growing inequity. Streams of public, private, and individual funding for health...

The Patient Is In: Listening To Low-Income Californians

The dramatic expansions in health insurance coverage included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will give millions of low-income Americans greater choice in where and how they receive their health care. Until now, most of the discussion around our changing healthcare...

Reconsidering Primary Care: A View from a Foundation President

The author is the president and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, a statewide funder located in San Francisco. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act , there has been a persistent, urgent call to produce more primary care physicians. With many provisions of the health...