Carolyn Wang Kong

Program Officer, Health Care and Coverage

Carolyn Wang Kong is a program officer for the Foundation’s Health Care and Coverage program.  In this role, she supports the Foundation’s grantmaking and programmatic efforts to improve access to care for vulnerable populations and strengthen systems of care in California’s safety net.   

Most recently, Ms. Wang Kong was the project director for Medi-Cal strategy and operations at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. She has also served as practice leader of language access for Kaiser Permanente and was responsible for developing a strategy to meet the needs of 350,000 limited-English-speaking Medi-Cal members in Northern California. Her accomplishments include the deployment of video interpreting services in 21 hospitals and emergency departments, implementation of a document-translation service, and development of web-based training programs for clinical and non-clinical staff.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Wang Kong served as a cultural and linguistic services consultant at the Alameda Alliance for Health and led research on cultural and linguistic services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  She has also served as a board member and co-chair of the Finance Committee for the California Healthcare Interpreting Association. 

Ms. Wang Kong holds a Master of Public Health and Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science from UCLA.  She is also an alumna of the Coro Fellows program in Public Affairs. Ms. Wang Kong lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two young, active boys.  

carolyn.wangkong@blueshieldcafoundation.org

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