CEO of the California Endowment Robert K. Ross, MD, Honored with “Lifetime Achievement” Award

Last Updated June 15, 2023

Dr. Ross was awarded Partners in Care Foundation’s “Lifetime Achievement” award at it’s 23rd Annual Tribute Dinner on June 12, 2023

Beverly Hills, CA — On Monday, June 12, 2023, Robert K. Ross, MD, President, and CEO of the California Endowment was awarded Partners’ “Lifetime Achievement” Award for his commitment to expanding equity and inclusion in the community.

The Partners’ Tribute Dinner is a premier healthcare event in Los Angeles that brings together regional titans of healthcare innovation to salute and celebrate individuals whose work is transforming healthcare through remarkable vision and commitment to excellence. 

This recognition took place during a dinner celebration held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel before an audience of over 400 healthcare executives from throughout the state.

“The selection for Partners’ Lifetime Achievement Award reflects Dr. Ross’s role in supporting the vision of transforming underserved communities and supporting grassroots leaders for a healthier California and a healthier America,” said Partners’ President and CEO June Simmons.

During his tenure as President & CEO at The California Endowment, Dr. Ross has advocated for and funded efforts in support of a “Health For All” system across the state, ensuring prevention, community wellness, and access to quality health care for all Californians.

“An equity approach should be part of all healthcare delivery,” Dr. Ross said, “whether it’s COVID vaccines, diabetes management, asthma management or stroke prevention and care. There should be full and unapologetic inclusion.”

Through the Endowment’s 10-Year Building Healthy Communities effort, Dr. Ross led the foundation to support the engagement and leadership capacity of young people and community residents to fight for improved health and wellness at the community level. He also served as a founding board member of Covered California, which was responsible for the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California.

The Partners in Care Foundation Mission is to align social care and health care to address the social determinants of health and equity disparities affecting diverse, under-served and vulnerable populations. Partners promotes the best possible health and quality of life for those most in need through enhanced self-care, social support, and access to key resources. Partners is accredited in Case Management, Long Term Services and Supports (CM-LTSS) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and was the second community-based organization in the country to achieve this status. Partners is a nationally recognized leader in developing innovative community and home-based approaches in health promotion, chronic disease management, and addressing health disparities. Partners has an extensive history in creating, testing, adapting, and disseminating evidence-based models of care. Founded in 1997, Partners has an annual budget of more than $21 million with a staff of more than 250 employees throughout California. We provide non-medical home and community-based services, self-management education, medication safety screening, and outreach and care coordination for 20,000 individuals annually. For more information about the agency, visit


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