Mario Gutierrez, MPH

Executive Director
Center for Connected Health Policy

Mr. Gutierrez, who joined CCHP in May 2010 as a senior policy associate, brings more than 30 years of experience in California’s non-profit health and health philanthropy sectors.

Prior to joining CCHP, Mr. Gutierrez served as a program director with The California Endowment for 12 years, where he led several major health care initiatives, including its 10-year, $20 million investment in telehealth deployment throughout California. He also served as The Endowment’s lead person for Rural and Agricultural Worker Health Programs and Policy. Previously, he served for six years as a senior program officer with The Sierra Health Foundation.

In recognition of his achievements in the field, Mr. Gutierrez received the prestigious 2007 Terrance Keenan National Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.

Mr. Gutierrez currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California State Rural Health Association, a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that works to improve the health of rural Californians and the quality and accessibility of the heath care they receive.

He also serves on the Board of Directors of OCHIN, one of the nation’s largest and most successful non-profit health information networks. OCHIN is nationally recognized for its innovative use of Health IT to improve the integration and delivery of health care services across a wide variety of practices, with an emphasis on safety net clinics and small practices, as well as critical access and rural hospitals.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Rural Human Services Advisory Panel, which provides agencies of the federal government with policy analysis and recommendations to promote livable rural communities.