Pelosi Announces Virtual Guest for President Biden’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

April 27, 2021
Press Release

CAPTION: Speaker Pelosi looks on as Dr. Kenneth Tai presents at an American Rescue Plan Teach-In event in San Francisco Chinatown at NEMS Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Center.

CAPTION: Speaker Pelosi looks on as Dr. Kenneth Tai presents at an American Rescue Plan Teach-In event in San Francisco Chinatown at NEMS Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Center.

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Dr. Kenneth Tai, the Chief Health Officer at North East Medical Services (NEMS), has been invited to be her virtual guest for President Biden’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress.

“Tomorrow evening, President Biden will present his bold vision to Build Back Better from the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, with justice, prosperity and opportunity for all,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “As Speaker, it is my privilege to have as my guest Dr. Kenneth Tai, who is a model to the nation with his and NEMS’ work to provide culturally-comfortable, linguistically-appropriate services that ensure that all people have access to life-saving care.  As we recover and rebuild from this time of crisis, Democrats are laser-focused on addressing disparities in health and financial security, so that we can advance a fairer and better future for every person, in every zip code in our country.”

Dr. Kenneth Tai, Chief Health Officer, North East Medical Services (NEMS): Dr. Tai serves as the Chief Health Officer of the North East Medical Services, a community health center in San Francisco providing culturally-competent and comprehensive health care for 65,000 AAPI and low income patients.  In this role, he oversees all medical services for the center’s twelve clinics, including primary, specialty and dental care.  Under his leadership, NEMS has used the more than $11 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  Since he joined NEMS in 2005, Dr. Tai has been committed to helping more San Franciscans access quality and affordable health care.  His work to implement provider panel size management, improve the efficiency of electronic health record-keeping and integrate mental health serves into primary care has helped make significant progress toward reducing health disparities in among immigrant and elderly communities.  Beyond his leadership at NEMS, he also serves as a physician advisor for San Francisco Health Plan, San Mateo Health Commissioner and on the San Francisco Marin Medical Society Board of Directors.