Dr. Rishi Manchanda is President and Founder of HealthBegins, a startup that transforms the health of vulnerable communities through innovative education, technology, and consultancy services.
As an ‘upstreamist’ physician and public health innovator, his work and expertise focuses on systems design to improve primary care, the social and environmental conditions that make people sick, and health and human rights.
Dr. Manchanda serves as the medical director of a clinic for high-utilizer homeless veterans in Los Angeles. He is also the founder of RxDemocracy, a nonpartisan healthcare coalition that supports civic engagement and that has registered 30,000 voters in clinics nationwide. He previously served as the founding Director of Social Medicine at St.John’s Well Child and Family Centers, a community clinic in South Central Los Angeles.
His first book The Upstream Doctors, in which he coins the term “Upstreamists” to describe an essential yet underdeveloped segment of the healthcare workforce, was released by TEDBooks in June 2013. Upstreamists are clinic-based practitioners who have the skills, tools, and authority to drive internal healthcare innovation that improves care and local social determinants of health.
Dr. Manchanda completed training at Tufts (BS, MD, MPH) and was the first graduate of UCLA’s Combined Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He serves on the board of the National Physicians Alliance and Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles.