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CMA Foundation names Lisa Folberg as new president/CEO



February 06, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education 

Sacramento – After nine years of service at the California Medical Association (CMA), Lisa Folberg has been tapped to head up the CMA Foundation. She replaces Carol Lee, who retired late in 2013.


The CMA Foundation, dedicated to improving individual and community health through partnerships between leaders in medicine, health care stakeholders and community based organizations, was established in 1963 as a subsidiary of CMA.


“I am thrilled to be joining the CMA Foundation,” said Folberg. “The work the CMA Foundation does in public health, access to care and improving quality of care is an essential part of a changing health care delivery system.”


As the Vice President of Medical and Regulatory Policy at CMA since 2009, Folberg has been responsible for the day to day operations of policy development and regulatory advocacy for the 39,000 physician member organization.


“Lisa’s development of working relationships between CMA and California’s regulatory agencies, production of physician education materials on a myriad of issues and initiation of writing and managing grants for the organization has been integral to the success of CMA,” said CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran. “Her expertise makes her the natural fit to lead the CMA Foundation.”


Prior to her role in CMA's Center for Medical and Regulatory Policy, Folberg lobbied for the association on issues relating to Medi-Cal, budget, public health, managed care and rural health. In her role as Associate Director in Government Relations, she organized the Alliance for Patient Care, a group of more than 60 health care stakeholder organizations aimed at increasing access to care for California’s neediest patients.


“With health care delivery changing more rapidly than ever before, the CMA Foundation is at the helm of public policy discussions, education and awareness campaigns that will benefit physicians and their patients across the state,” said David Holley, M.D., Chair of the CMA Foundation Board of Directors. “Lisa’s expertise and leadership will prove invaluable as we embark on existing projects and on new endeavors.”


Folberg joined CMA from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, where she provided the Legislature with analyses on a variety of health and social services budget issues. Lisa has also spent time volunteering and working in health clinics, and spent a year in Colombia, South America, developing a public health program for at-risk youth through a World Health Organization/UCSF collaborating project. 

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