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Today: Don’t miss State Health Secretary Diana Dooley

What is the latest on health care reform? Join Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, for a special discussion today, Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room.

Dooley will discuss the opportunities and challenges of the federal Affordable Care Act and its implications for California.

Appointed secretary in December 2010 by Gov. Jerry Brown, Dooley leads 13 state departments and chairs Covered California, the new statewide health insurance marketplace created to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act. She also serves as chair or member of numerous other boards and commissions. Previously, she was president and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association.

Dooley began her career as an analyst for the state. In 1975, she was appointed to Brown’s staff during his initial stint as governor. She served as legislative director and special assistant until 1983. Before becoming an attorney in 1995, she owned a public relations and advertising agency. She moved into health care in 2000, when she left her private law practice to serve as general counsel and vice president at Children’s Hospital Central California. She is married to Dan Dooley, UC senior vice president for external relations.

The event will be hosted by UC Health Sciences and Services, which provides leadership and strategic direction to advance the education, research and clinical service missions of the university’s 17 health professional schools and 10 hospitals, collectively referred to as UC Health.

To RSVP for the Oct. 8 event, email Communications Coordinator Alec Rosenberg at You can also participate by audio conference: Dial (866) 740-1260; passcode: 9879207.

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