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2019 Grassroots Advocacy Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight: Louise McCarthy

2019 Grassroots Advocacy Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight: Louise McCarthy

Louise McCarthy is the President & CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), where she represents the interests of LA area Community Clinics and Health Centers and those they serve. CCALAC’s 65 members care for nearly 1.7 million low income patients each year.

During her tenure, the association partnered with the County to develop a public program to provide 150,000 undocumented Angelenos with access to medical, dental and behavioral health services, and launched innovative programs to support the recruitment and retention of health center workforce, among other achievements.

Prior to taking this role, Ms. McCarthy served as CCALAC’s Vice President of Governmental Affairs for three years.  Before joining CCALAC, Ms. McCarthy was the Assistant Director of Policy for the California Primary Care Association, where she worked on statewide legislative, regulatory and administrative issues impacting California’s community clinics and health centers. She has also worked for the California Bureau of State Audits, conducting performance evaluations of state agencies, and for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, analyzing policies affecting the business community.  Ms. McCarthy is the Chair Elect of California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and the past Board Chair of L.A. Care Health Plan. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the UCLA School of Public Affairs.