ELIZABETH BACA, MD, MPA
SENIOR HEALTH ADVISOR
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH
Dr. Elizabeth Baca serves as the Senior Health Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and provides vision, leadership and oversight for the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM). She is engaged in innovation in the public sector to foster health through multiple projects including public-private partnerships, big data and healthy planning. For healthy planning she works across sectors to foster collaboration, elevate the connection between health and the built environment, and leads the effort to incorporate health considerations into the planning process to build healthy, resilient communities. A significant part of her work is aligning win-wins for projects that offer co-benefits, particularly with respect to climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. She is passionate about innovations to foster total health and well-being. Dr. Baca is skilled at using collaborative approaches to accomplish cross-sector work. Her portfolio involves working across agencies and departments in California as well as with many foundation, non-profit, for-profit groups, and entrepreneurs. Through her role in OPR, she is an advisor for the USGBC Building Health Initiative and FS6, a new Food System Accelerator. Additionally, she is serving on a consensus committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in their Division of Health and Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine.
Previously, Dr. Baca served on the General Pediatric Faculty at Stanford Medical School and directed the Community Pediatric and Child Advocacy Rotation. In addition to teaching medical students and residents about the social, economic, and environmental factors that affect health, Dr. Baca was the lead faculty mentor on several projects to increase access to healthy foods, reduce environmental triggers of asthma, increase physical activity opportunities, and improve the built environment.
Dr. Baca studied health policy at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. She completed her Masters in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baca completed her pediatric residency in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program at UC San Francisco.