Sandra Shewry Wiki – Biography:
Biography: As of Monday, Sandra Shewry, of the California Health Care Foundation, will be appointed as acting California Department of Public Health director while Dr. Erica Pan will assume the role of acting state public health officer. Pan was Alameda County’s health officer until her appointment in June as California State Epidemiologist. News Source: sfchronicle.com
Story shortly. For now, Angell will be replaced by 2 women: Sandra Shewry, who oversaw Medi-Cal in the Schwarzenegger admin, will serve as acting director of CDPH. And Dr. Erica Pan, who recently left Alameda Co. as pub health officer, will be interim CA public health officer.
— John Myers (@johnmyers) August 10, 2020
Sandra Shewry Education
Sandra received her bachelor’s degrees in community studies and psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her master’s degrees in public health and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.
Who is Sandra Shewry?
Sandra Shewry is vice president of External Engagement, where she leads the CHCF’s health policy communications, digital broadcasting, government relations and audience engagement functions. The External Engagement team works with colleagues across the foundation to deepen partnerships and collaborations to support the CHCF’s vision and goals. Sandra previously served as CHCF’s State Health Policy director.
Before joining the foundation
Before joining the foundation, she was president and CEO of the Center for Connected Health Policy, a nonprofit organization that sought to remove policy barriers to the integration of telehealth technologies into California’s healthcare system. Sandra has held a number of senior leadership positions within the California state government, including the director of the California Department of Health Care Services, which runs the state Medicaid program (Medi-Cal). Other programs under her leadership included public health, emergency preparedness, and licensing of health facilities. she also served as the executive director of the California Managed Risk Health Insurance Board.
Resignation of Dr. Sonia Angell From Dept. Of Public Health
Dr. Sonia Angell, California’s public health officer and one of the top officials formulating the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, abruptly announced her resignation Sunday night after less than a year on the job.
Angell gave no reason for her resignation as public health officer and director of the state Department of Public Health, which takes effect immediately.
The announcement comes less than a week after state officials revealed that a problem with a computer system had resulted in an undercounting of new coronavirus cases since July 25. Gov. Gavin Newsom learned of the problem only after he had touted a sharp drop in new cases as a sign for cautious optimism during a news conference Aug. 3, officials said.
Angell was named state health officer and California Department of Public Health Director in October. She was the first Latina to hold the posts.