+ Biography

Efrain Talamantes

Dr. Efrain Talamantes is dedicated to serving historically underinvested communities and advancing health equity. He leads initiatives throughout the country to enhance leadership and diversity in the healthcare workforce. As the Chief Operating Officer of Health Services at AltaMed Health Services, Dr. Talamantes shapes the AltaMed experience across the entire health care delivery system spanning over 40 community clinics throughout Los Angeles & Orange Counties. He oversees every aspect of day-to-day care and incorporates patient-centered solutions to address social determinants of health.

From developing a medical education team to leading several health equity programs, Dr. Talamantes has been instrumental in optimizing how AltaMed cares for its patients. He collaborated with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 response, including Telehealth, to ensure AltaMed provided the safest possible environment for our providers, care teams, and patients in some of the hardest hit areas during the pandemic. He continues to bring new services to accelerate AltaMed’s success in a value-based care environment while improving care for high-risk, high-need patients.

Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, he served as Medical Director for the AltaMed Institute for Health Equity. As Medical Director, he led community-partnered research and training to advance health equity. Under Dr. Talamantes’ leadership, the Institute received nationally competitive funding for research, evidence-based interventions, and medical education programs. Namely, the Institute garnered funding from the prestigious Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, enabling community partnerships that continue to inform AltaMed’s research priorities to advance health equity.

Cultivating the next generation of physicians remains a cornerstone of Dr. Talamantes’ work. His vision led to the creation of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Family Medicine Residency and numerous pipeline programs throughout AltaMed that focus on advancing health equity. He served as the inaugural Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) for the AltaMed Graduate Medical Education Committee. He is a member of AltaMed’s Executive Governance Leadership Committee and co-chair of the Executive Physician Leadership Committee.

Dr. Talamantes is a primary care internal medicine physician and previously served as Associate Director for the University of California, Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and co-directed the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce (CDHW). He co-founded MiMentor.org, serves as the Chair of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, and is a board member of the National Medical Fellowships and Chicago School of Psychology.

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