Veteran association, nonprofit and health care leader Steve Heath became Executive Director of Capitol Health Network on June 1, 2016. CHN is a nonprofit association of care providers and affiliated groups who form an important part of the health care safety net, in Amador, Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo, Yuba and Sutter counties. Its members provide primary medical care, behavioral health (including substance abuse and mental health), dental, and other specialty medical care as well as prevention, health education, enrollment and other health-related services.
Most recently, Heath was President & CEO of Community Link Capitol Region and prior to that, President & CEO of United Way California Capital Region. He also was Executive Director of the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area in Washington, D.C. His health care background includes having been Vice President for Communications of Sutter Health and subsequent to that was both Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President & Regional Executive of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in Chicago. He also was Vice President for Strategic Business Development of former Kaiser subsidiary CareTouch.
A journalism graduate and former Alumni Association board member of California State University-Sacramento, Heath is a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum’s Mountain-Valley Chapter and a member of the Regional Associations of California. He is Treasurer of Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation as well as former member of the club’s board of directors and is a Paul Harris and Eddie Mulligan Fellow. He was a member of Sacramento’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Disproportionate African-American Child Deaths and the Mayor’s Task Force on Chronic Homelessness. Heath has also served on the boards of Cover the Kids, KVIE, Sacramento Theater Company and twice chaired the Greater Sacramento Urban League board.
In his early career, Heath was a sports writer for both the Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Union and also held several management positions with Pacific Telephone, Pacific Bell and Pacific Telesis Group.
He and his wife of 44 years, Dorell, reside in Sacramento.