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CHPC Leadership

The California Health Professions Consortium (CHPC) is co-directed by Dr. Katherine Flores of the University of California, San Francisco and Jeffrey S. Oxendine of the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Katherine Flores
Dr. Flores received her undergraduate degree at Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of California, Davis.  Since completing her residency training, she has spent her professional career as a family physician in private practice within an all-woman, bilingual medical group in Fresno, CA, which serves families from widely varying economic and ethnic backgrounds.   

Dr. Flores is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine and the Director of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER).  The LaCMER is a unit of the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program located in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley.  The LaCMER provides multiple programs to address the serious shortage of Latino physicians and other health care professionals in the area.  The overall mission of LaCMER is to develop individuals to become health care professionals who will ultimately return to the Central Valley to provide culturally competent health care services to the medically underserved.     

Dr. Flores has been active over the past 20 years in developing and overseeing programs that recruit and retain Latino and other underrepresented youth into the health professions.  She has worked collaboratively with multiple partners to establish a comprehensive health careers pipeline program in the Central Valley of California, targeting disadvantaged youth, particularly from migrant farmworker backgrounds.  The goal of these programs, the Junior and High School Doctors Academies, and the Premedical Health Scholars Program at California State University, Fresno, is to academically enrich, nurture and support disadvantaged youth from the 7th grade to 12th grade and through college to assure their academic success and ultimate acceptance into health professional schools.  Incorporated within the developed curriculum is a research focus that requires these students to explore health issues in their local communities and provides them the scientific research skills necessary to address them.  These programs also emphasize service learning and cultural competence.

 Dr. Flores has also worked for over 15 years with the Border communities of California to develop a myriad of programs to better train and educate health professionals at all levels to work with immigrant health issues.  She is well versed in working with a variety of entities in partnerships and collaboration to improve health care for border populations.

Through her role as the Latino Center Director, Dr. Flores has overseen a number of faculty and fellows as they develop and explore research agendas that focus on Latino health care.  Several of the projects she oversees include bi-national research collaboration.  She also encourages junior faculty to serve as mentors and role models to young students who follow them, in addition to providing health care services to their communities of origin.

Through her work in developing health professions pipeline programs for disadvantaged students, Dr. Flores and others jointly formed the California Health Professions Consortium to explore the development of a statewide strategy to address increasing the diversity of the healthcare workforce.  The Consortium has grown to include members from academic institutions (faculty and administrators from health professions schools), K-12 educators, direct service providers (hospitals, clinics, health plans, nurses, physicians), health policy advocates, and others who have similar interests.


Jeffrey S. Oxendine
Jeff Oxendine is Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He is also a Lecturer and Field Supervisor with the Health Policy and Management Program, and has been an executive, educator, and consultant in healthcare for 23 years.

Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Jeff held senior administrative positions in leading hospitals and medical groups including Partners Healthcare System, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Bay Imaging Consultants Medical Group, and Alta Bates Medical Center. He also started and operates his own consulting practice. Mr. Oxendine holds faculty appointments at the UC Berkeley and Harvard Schools of Public Health, where he teaches healthcare strategy and organization, leadership, practicum, and a capstone seminar.

Jeff is Founder and President of Health Career Connection, a nonprofit organization that assists undergraduate students to discover and pursue health careers. He also founded the Healthcare Change Institute, which is devoted to assisting practitioners to more effectively implement organizational change.

Mr. Oxendine obtained his masters degrees in Business and Public Health from UC Berkeley. He has served as President of the Berkeley Health Management Alumni Association and President of Healthcare Executives of Northern California. Jeff is a board member of the Kaiser Permanente National Institute for Culturally Competent Care and also the Community Health Academy in Oakland. He is an advisory board member of the UCSF Center for Health Professions Grant "LEADing Organizational Change: Advancing Quality Through Culturally Responsive Care,” and is a steering committee member of the Alameda County Coalition on Language Access in Healthcare. 

Last Updated Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 07:50 AM.