Radhakrishna’s Appointment Advances to Full Senate

On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee convened to consider the appointment of Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna as Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Health Equity (OHE).

Dr. Radhakrishna presented to the committee, discussing his background in a local health department and safety net clinic, as well as his goals and vision for the CDPH OHE. Dr. Radhakrishna identified his overarching priorities in his role relative to advancing racial and socioeconomic equity, climate action and resiliency, and behavioral wellness to support an equitable pandemic recovery.

Senators queried Dr. Radhakrishna about his office’s priorities, how advancements in health equity will be measured, and various strategic pandemic recovery efforts being carried out by CDPH OHE, among other topics.

The Senate Rules Committee unanimously advanced Dr. Radhakrishna’s appointment to the full Senate on a 5-0 vote. The full Senate is anticipated to vote on his confirmation in the coming weeks.

The agenda from the hearing is available here. A video recording of the hearing is available here.