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Dr. Rishi Manchanda is a primary care physician, public health leader, and social entrepreneur.
Dr. Manchanda is the President and Founder of HealthBegins, a startup that provides training and tools to help clinics address patients' social needs and community factors that drive disease. He is the lead physician in a clinic for high-utilizing homeless veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and also serves as the Director for Health System Transformation at Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science, where he is an Assistant Professor.
In 2008, Dr. Manchanda founded Rx Democracy!, a national nonpartisan coalition of health care providers who increase voter and civic engagement. The coalition registered over 26,000 voters in clinics nationwide in 2008. Previously, Dr. Manchanda was the Director of Social Medicine and Health Equity at St.John's Well Child and Family Centers, a large community health center network in south Los Angeles. He developed and led clinic-based initiatives to address social determinants of health and was an architect of the South Los Angeles Declaration of Health and Human Rights.
He earned his medical and public health degrees from Tufts University and completed his residency at UCLA, where he was the first graduate of UCLA's combined internal medicine and pediatrics training program. He is a dual board-certified internist and pediatrician and serves on the board of the National Physicians Alliance (NPA).