Governor Brown appointed George Halvorson as the new Chair of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission. Halvorson has been chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente since 2002. Kaiser Permanente is the nation's largest nonprofit health plan and hospital system, serving more than 8.6 million members and generating $42 billion in annual revenue.
George Halvorson serves on the Institute of Medicine Task Force on Evidence Based Care and the Commonwealth Commission for a High Performing Health System. He serves on the American Hospital Association's Advisory Committee on Health Care Reform and is on the board of the America's Health Insurance Plans and the board of the Alliance of Community Health Plans. Halvorson chairs the International Federation of Health Plans and co-chairs the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care.
In 2009, he chaired the World Economic Forum's Health Governors meetings in Davos. He has received the Modern Healthcare/Health Information and Management Systems Society CEO IT Achievement Award. The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange also awarded him the 2009 Louis Sullivan Award for leadership and achievements in advancing health care quality.
Halvorson has written several health care reform books, including the recently released Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User's Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care. He also wrote Health Care Reform Now!, Health Care Co-ops in Uganda, Strong Medicine and Epidemic of Care as guidebooks for health care reform.
Halvorson served as an advisor to the governments of Uganda, Great Britain, Jamaica, and Russia on issues of health policy and financing. His strong commitment to diversity and inter-ethnic healing has led him to his current writing project, a new book about racial prejudice around the world.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Halvorson was president and chief executive officer of HealthPartners, headquartered in Minneapolis. With more than 30 years of health care management experience, he has also held several senior management positions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.