USC Student Health Council

MHA Banquet | 4/26 @ 6pm


MHA/ EMHA Banquet
April 26, 2014 @ 6pm | USC Town & Gown

Join us for our annual banquet celebrating our outstanding faculty, alumni, students, and new graduates!

We are honored to announce that our keynote speaker will be Yoshi Honkawa- member and former chair of the USC Price School of Public Policy board of councilors, and newly inducted member of the Healthcare Hall of Fame.

Yoshi Honkawa

Yoshi HonkawaMr. Yoshi Honkawa was honored on March 23 at a gala in Chicago. He joined 95 health care luminaries who have been inducted into the Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame since 1988.

A nationally recognized leader in health administration and policy, Honkawa boasts a distinguished 50-year career, highlighted by his work as an executive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and his efforts to shape health policy at the state and national levels.

Yet through it all, he maintained an unwavering dedication to service and leadership at USC — a commitment he’s kept to this day. In particular, Honkawa has mentored generations of students, offering countless hours of his time, wisdom and experiences.

Health policy and planning

In 1969, he became the director of fiscal and hospital program planning at the Los Angeles County Department of Hospitals. He next served as the deputy director of finance and legislative services at the then-newly created Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

In 1975, he joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, first as the director of finance, then as vice president for government and industry relations, and finally as consultant for health care advocacy.

Over the course of his career, Honkawa also helped inform health policy and planning decisions in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

He was appointed by Gov. Ronald Reagan to chair the State of California Advisory Health Council, which helped underserved communities gain access and resources to medical facilities and personnel.

Honkawa went on to serve as a member of the California Health Policy and Data Advisory Commission, having first been appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian and later reappointed by Gov. Pete Wilson. The commission provided much-needed data to guide the direction of health care policies and solutions.

At the national level, he served by appointment of President Jimmy Carter to the National Council on Health Planning and Development, which he subsequently chaired.

It was the relationships he developed at the State of California Advisory Health Council that led to one of the highlights of his illustrious career. In the late 1970s, he secured a $90 million state-guaranteed loan to cover the construction costs for Cedars-Sinai, which had created a single facility to unite what had previously been two hospitals: Cedars of Lebanon in Hollywood and Mount Sinai in the current location in Beverly Hills. He worked at Cedars-Sinai until his retirement in 2001, and he calls the experience “a labor of love.”

For more information on Mr. Yoshi Honkawa, check out this link.


  • Vote for two outstanding professors of the year.
  • Submit any photos you would like to include in our slideshow.

RSVP by clicking here.


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