Mr. Cástulo de la Rocha is President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation and has been a long-standing community health leader for more than 35 years. During this time, he has taken AltaMed, a non-profit community health clinic, from three employees to a fully accredited Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with nearly 2,400 employees. AltaMed is also accredited by the Joint Commission and National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient Centered Medical Home. Today, AltaMed is the largest FQHC in the state of California and among the top five in the nation, delivering nearly one million patient visits annually over more than 40 sites in Los Angeles and Orange counties, including 27 clinic sites and eight senior care service centers.
Mr. de la Rocha’s dedication to and success in providing high quality, affordable and accessible health and human services to underserved communities has earned him national recognition in the health care field, including the U.S. Surgeon General’s Gold Medallion for Public Health; the Pioneer for Justice Award by the Mexican American Bar Foundation; and the Community Service Award from the American Diabetes Association. Mr. de la Rocha was named one of the Top 10 Latinos in the health care industry by Latino Leaders Magazine and one of the top 100 Latino influentials by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he received the prestigious Los Angeles Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2016 he received the Leader in Action Award from UCLA Prime. AltaMed Health Services has also ranked number one in Hispanic Business Magazine’s list of “Top 25 Nonprofits” every year since 2006. In 2013, AltaMed was named among Los Angeles’ Top 25 Places to Work by the Los Angeles News Group. In 2016, AltaMed received its second consecutive California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) Eureka Silver Award.
Mr. de la Rocha currently serves on the boards of the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG), Center Theatre Group, and the Latino Theater Company. He is also a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and has served on the Board of Governors of L.A. Care Health Plan, as a Corporate Board Member of Blue Shield of California, as Regional Chair of the Surgeon General’s Hispanic/Latino Health Initiative, and as a Board Member of the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation (now the Orthopedic Institution for Children Foundation) Board of Trustees.
Mr. de la Rocha holds a Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Certificate in Management from Stanford University.