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Governor appoints Futuro Health CEO to new health workforce education training council

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that Van Ton-Quinlivan, the chief executive officer of Futuro Health, will join the state’s new Health Workforce Education and Training Council.

The council, which was created last year by the Legislature, is responsible for coordinating California’s health workforce education and training to meet the state’s needs. The council consists of 17 appointees from different medical education programs.

Ton-Quinlivan formerly served as executive vice chancellor of the California Community Colleges and in 2013 was named a White House Champion of Change under the Obama administration. For nearly two years she’s led Futuro Health, a nonprofit joint venture by Kaiser Permanente, a Bay Area-based health system, and the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West. Futuro creates certificate programs and connects with colleges to recruit and train new medical professionals in allied health fields.