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Richard K. Onizuka, PhD


Qualis Health and HealthInsight Board of Directors

Richard K. Onizuka, PhD, has three decades of experience working in public- and private-sector executive-level policy and healthcare. Most recently, he served as the first CEO for the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange (HBE), which was established by state legislation in 2011. Dr. Onizuka guided the creation and implementation of the state’s health insurance marketplace, which received Seattle Business Magazine’s 2015 Leaders in Health Care Award for Achievement in Community Outreach.

Before heading the Washington HBE, Dr. Onizuka was the Assistant Agency Director for Health Policy for the Washington State Health Care Authority, where he developed and managed programs and initiatives for the governor’s five-point plan to improve quality and efficiency in the state’s healthcare system. He also served as the state’s Health Information Technology Coordinator.

Dr. Onizuka holds both a doctorate and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington.