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For Immediate Release

Dr. Barsam Kasravi Appointed to ESSC Board of Directors

Los Angeles, Calif., November 22, 2017

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Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities – has appointed Dr.Barsam Kasravi, MD, MPH, MBA, to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Kasravi, Playa Vista, Calif., is the Chief Medical Officer and Regional VP of California’s Medicaid, County and State Programs with Anthem Blue Cross. Over the past decade at Anthem, Dr. Kasravi has had extensive experience with California’s most complex and underserved patient population, including seniors and persons with disabilities; patients with behavioral health challenges; and children with various disabilities and health concerns hoping to address their physical and social determinants of health. He has also volunteered nationally and internationally in South Africa, South America and in Louisiana with the disaster of Katrina, providing medical care to vulnerable populations.

Dr. Kasravi graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine, where he was chief of the Los Angeles Salvation Army Homeless Clinic. He completed his residency as Chief Resident at the UCLA/Kaiser Woodland Hills Family Medicine Programs.  After his training, he was one of two physicians in California to be accepted into the California Endowment Fellowship in Health Policy at Harvard University, where he received his Masters in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health with a focus in health management and policy.  He subsequently worked at Blue Cross in Massachusetts for two years before returning to Los Angeles to work at Anthem Blue Cross.  Dr. Kasravi also received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Commented Mark Whitley, president & CEO, ESSC, “Dr. Barsam Kasravi’s stellar background in private sector medicine, public policy addressing medical care and the needs of underserved populations brings a unique and valuable perspective to the board of directors of Easterseals Southern California.  We look forward to his input on furthering our mission of making a profound difference in the daily lives of more than 10,000 people with disabilities and their families in communities throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties.”

Added Dr. Kasravi, “I have experienced first-hand the positive impact a frontline organization like Easterseals Southern California has in the lives of people with disabilities and look forward to working with them to further programs to help even more people lead happy and productive lives in our communities.”

About Easterseals Southern California

For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for individuals and families with developmental disabilities or other special needs. The services provided by Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties – make profound and positive differences in people's lives every day, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. With 2,300 employees, 60+ service sites and hundreds of community partnership locations, each year ESSC assists more than 10,000 people, providing adult/senior day services; autism therapy; child development/early education; employment services, veteran employment support; independent living options; and more. At Easterseals, 87% of our income is spent on services. Join us in changing the way the world defines and views disabilities. 


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