Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations

The Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) is a coalition of more than 40 ethnic physician organizations in California. NEPO began as a project of the California Medical Association Foundation (now Physicians for a Healthy California) in June 2002 at the first Ethnic Physician Organization Summit. 

 Golden State Medical Association: Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Ethnic Physician Organization Award

Golden State Medical Association: Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Ethnic Physician Organization Award


NEPO's Goals:

  • Supporting a network of ethnic physician leaders to serve as community health advocates throughout California.
  • Strengthening the collaboration between ethnic physician and community-based organizations.
  • Deepening the relationship between physicians and community members to improve the health of their communities.
  • Encouraging ethnic physician leadership development at the local, regional, and statewide level.
  • Addressing the issues of health disparities and access to care.
  • Increasing the workforce diversity and cultural competency of California's healthcare system.
  • Encouraging and identify young ethnic physicians to become involved in ethnic physician organizations.
  • Encouraging ethnic physicians to expand their roles in the local community beyond their role as clinicians.
  • Providing the local community with the ethnic physician's perspective on community health issues.

NEPO Summit: Save the Date!

 Dr. C. Freeman: Winner of 2017 Ethnic Physician Leadership Award

Dr. C. Freeman: Winner of 2017 Ethnic Physician Leadership Award

The 2018 NEPO Summit will be held September 13-15 in Pasadena. The theme this year is "Building the Best You: Celebrating the Joy of Medicine.” Stay tuned for more details and registration information!

The NEPO Summit is a unique and exciting educational event for physicians, public health professionals, and community leaders. The conference focuses on emerging health policy issues and finding solutions to tackle changes in health care as we strive to achieve health equity. Attendees will learn about key health policy issues, best practices for reducing health disparities, and cultural competency in clinical care. Attendees have the opportunity to hear from nationally acclaimed thought leaders and network with colleagues.

In 2017, the Summit included featured speakers: Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO at The California Endowment; California Senator Ricardo Lara; John Baackes, CEO at L.A. Care; and Cara V. James, Director of Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Building healthy communities is a key component of what physicians are about. NEPO embraces these challenges and encourages physicians and other healthcare providers to be involved in community efforts to make California healthier for all.

Please join us in building on and expanding the important work of NEPO at the largest multi-ethnic physician convening in California.


Contact Us

Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations
1201 J Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: 916.551.2056
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