Dr. Arthur Chen is currently a Senior Fellow focusing on building a learning organization that promotes a culture of service excellence and community advocacy at Asian Health Services (a Federally Qualified Health Center [FQHC]) in Oakland, California, where he has practiced inpatient and outpatient medicine as a family physician since 1983 and also served as their Medical Director and Special Programs Director (1984-1995). He also serves as the Deputy Director for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health, a leadership training program sponsored by the CDC. From 2001-2009 he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Alameda Alliance for Health, a Medicaid Managed Care non-profit public entity serving 100,000 low-income residents of Alameda County.
From 1996-2001 he was the Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. Prior to that he served as an emergency room physician and the Associate Medical Director of the Institute of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. He was also the Executive Director of the Chinatown Health Clinic (Charles B. Wang Health Center) in New York City.
On July 1, 2011, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a Federal advisory committee established to support Health Equity initiatives undertaken by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Since 2009, he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians, a national organization of physicians committed to advancing the health and well-being of Asian American and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander peoples and communities. He also served on the Board (Chairperson, 2006-2008) of The California Endowment, a health foundation focused on improving health status and access to care for California’s medically underserved population.
He chaired (1998-2006) the Board of Directors of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the health status of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. From 2001-2003 he was appointed to the Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists for the CA Dept of Consumer Affairs. Between 1997-2001 he served on the National Association of County and City Health Officials MAPP (Mobilization for Action through Planning and Partnerships) planning committee (formerly APEXCPH: Assessment and Planning Excellence through Community Partners for Health.
From 1999-2001 and 2004 to present, he served as an Executive Council member of the Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Association. In 1999 he served on the CDC/ATSDR Task Force on Public Health Workforce Development. From 1997-2001 he served as a Board Member and later an Executive Committee member of the California Conference of Local Health Officers.
Dr. Chen was the recipient of the 2008 California Medical Association Foundation’s Robert D. Sparks, MD Leadership Award. He was selected as a fellow to the 1996-7 Public Health Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the University of California. During l989-l992 he was a member of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program. He has also served on advisory and planning committees to the Bureau of Primary Health Care of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Office of Minority Health, the National Institutes of Health and the American Lung Association. He has also testified before Congress and President Clinton’s Health Task Force.
Among his publications are: “Health is strength”: a research collaboration involving Korean Americans in Alameda County; “A behavioral risk factor survey on Korean Americans”; “Community-Sensitive Research”, “Information Management For the 90’s”; “Special Health Problems of Asians and Pacific Islanders,” “Behavioral Risk Factor Survey of Chinese in California,” “Cigarette Smoking Among Chinese, Vietnamese and Hispanics in California,” and “Conducting a Culturally-sensitive Health Survey in the Chinese Community.”
He completed his postgraduate training at the Residency Program in Social Medicine (Family Practice) at the Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. He received his B.S. and medical degrees from the University of California at Davis. He has been happily married for 33 years with a family dedicated to improving social equity and human rights in America. His wife serves as the President of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. His daughter is an attorney and serves as an advisor to the Whitehouse Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. His son works as a community organizer for The Utility Reform Network in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Chen has been a resident of Oakland, California since 1983.