MARIE TORRES, PHD, LCSW

Senior Vice President, Government Relations

AltaMed Health Services

Marie Torres is senior vice president of government relations at AltaMed Health Services, the nation’s largest community health center, based in Los Angeles. She oversees advocacy, public policy, and legislative initiatives to protect access to health care services for vulnerable populations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. One of AltaMed’s biggest advocacy successes came with Cal-Learn, a statewide program providing intensive case management and supportive services to pregnant teens and teen mothers to help them graduate from high school or its equivalent, become independent, and form healthy families, was suspended. Dr. Torres played a key leadership role in a nine-month campaign that resulted in Cal-Learn being fully reinstated. Recently, she has worked with CalOptima and the California Department of Health Care Services to change policy to help launch the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Orange County.

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