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October 2015 CPEHN's Quarterly Newsletter Volume 8 Issue 2

Voice for Change

“Health care should be equitable and accessible to anyone who needs it. Period.”
— Trisha, San Ramon

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TOP STORIES

Policies Advance Health Equity, but Fiscal Challenges Remain

By Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, CPEHN

This year California saw monumental policy changes that will both improve and strengthen access to quality health care in our state. The Governor took a huge step towards bridging the gap in coverage for undocumented immigrants with the expansion of Medi-Cal to all children regardless of immigration status. We at CPEHN are also extremely excited to announce that all three of our sponsored bills were signed this year – paving the way towards more equitable access to health care services...

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New Grants Help CRIHB Deliver Services to California's Rural Indians

By The California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB)

The California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) continues to work to improve the health of our communities across the state. Recently, we received funding for projects that focus on improving health in Native communities....

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Gentrification and Displacement Result in Significant Health Consequences

By Causa Justa :: Just Cause

Gentrification is rapidly changing our cities at the expense of residents who have long called their neighborhoods home. When people are moved from their long-term homes and communities, it can result in negative individual and community health consequences...

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New Initiative Raises Diabetes Awareness in San Diego Refugee Communities

By Rebecca Paida, Senior Program Manager, Nile Sisters Development Initiative

Building a healthy, safe, and thriving community in San Diego has been and continues to be the vision of the Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI). The mission of the organization is to educate, support, and offer training to refugee and immigrant women and their families to overcome barriers to social and economic self-reliance. NSDI started as a support group serving African refugees; however, in 2007, the organization expanded its services to reach a non-African refugee/immigrant community including Burmese, Haitian, and Middle Eastern populations...

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POLICY UPDATES

Three CPEHN Sponsored Bills Signed into Law!

With the legislature adjourned for the year, CPEHN is pleased to report that all our sponsored were signed by Governor Jerry Brown, including:
  • AB 389 (Chau) – Updating Hospital Language Assistance Policies: This bill directs hospitals to post language assistance policies for Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients online and requires the California Department of Public Health to post this information on their websites as well. Hospitals will also be required to post a notice on their website, in English and non-English languages, informing patients about the availability of language assistance. Read a press release on the bill’s signing.
     
  • SB 388 (Mitchell) – Translating the Summary of Benefits of Coverage: This bill requires a health insurance plan’s summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) to be translated into non-English languages consistent with California’s existing language access requirements for other vital documents. Read a press release on the bill’s signing.
     
  • SB 137 (Hernandez) – Improving Provider Directories: This bill creates standards for provider directories and requires regular updates that include accurate information about doctors and hospitals in the plan’s network as well as non-English languages spoken by providers and staff. Read a press release on the bill’s signing...
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Covered California Gearing Up for Open Enrollment Starting November 1st

The last few months have been very busy for Covered California as it prepares for the third open enrollment period starting at the end of this week. A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that over half of California’s remaining uninsured are eligible for Medi-Cal or for subsidized coverage through Covered California. This shows that there is another great opportunity to continue reducing California’s uninsured population this open enrollment period which runs from November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016...

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As 1115 Waiver Renewal Nears, New Reports Show Demographics of Medi-Cal Population

There have been a number of developments regarding Medi-Cal over the past few months, including:

1115 Waiver Update: The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is in continuing negotiations with CMS over the final details of California’s 1115 waiver. Unfortunately, California’s major financing mechanism for the waiver, which is based on federal/state shared savings, is now facing legal barriers. As a result, the state must identify and use other sources of non-federal share to fund as much as possible of their current waiver proposal. The existing “Bridge to Reform” waiver remains in effect through October 31, 2015...

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Your Comments Needed to Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Rules in Health Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued proposed regulations to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin (including immigration status and language), sex (including sex stereotyping and gender identity), age, or disability in health programs. These protections apply to consumers in all federally funded state health programs, including Covered California and Medi-Cal.

The proposed regulations are a good first step, but the rule could be made stronger to better protect people at risk of discrimination in health coverage or care, including communities of color, Limited English Proficient, women, LGBTQ populations, and persons with disabilities.
 
Public comments are needed to strengthen these proposed regulations. While comments submitted by organizations are important, it also is very important for individual members of the public to submit personalized comments...

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CPEHN Expands Presence in Southern California, Welcomes Stella Kim

In an effort to better connect with all the important health advocacy work in Southern California, CPEHN has opened an office in the region. Our new Senior Manager for Community Advocacy, Stella Kim, is based in Los Angeles and will be working to build partnerships in that city as well as Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego. Stella has on-the-ground experience advocating for the needs of communities of color, having worked as the Western Director of Strategic Campaigns at Young Invincibles and advanced statewide policies and legislation to fight poverty at the Center for Community Change’s California Partnership project. We’re excited to have Stella on board and we’re looking forward to strengthening our health advocacy work in Southern California!
DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Ying-Ying Meng: Inspiring Movements with Research and Data

As one of California’s leading health researchers, Ying-Ying Meng focuses her research on health disparities impacting vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, children, women, communities of color, immigrants, and persons living in poverty. Working at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, she is known for identifying and assessing effective strategies.

“Ying-Ying’s informative research has been a great asset to our work, helping us highlight and identify solutions to health inequities in California,” said Sarah de Guia, CPEHN’s Executive Director. “We are so fortunate to partner with her to illustrate the resources necessary to improve the health of California’s communities of color.” ...

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NEW REPORTS

Highlights from CPEHN's Blog

Dehydration Inequities Spur Efforts to Improve Water Quality in Schools

Office of the Patient Advocate Releases 2015-16 Report Cards

New Kaiser Report on Remaining Uninsured Shows Importance of Enrollment Outreach, Health for All

California Drought's Devastating Impact on Mental Health

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ACCESS TO CARE

Behavioral and Physical Health Service Integration in California’s Safety Net: Six County Profiles
A report from Insure the Uninsured Project, examines behavioral and physical health integration in the safety net in six California counties.
READ THE REPORT »
 
Creating Conditions to Support Healthy People: State Policies that Affect the Health of Undocumented Immigrants and Their Families
A report from the University of California Glboal Health Institute, the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America, and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, focuses on state policies that affect the social determinants of health and that impact immigrants’ ability to live healthy lives.
READ THE REPORT »
 
The California Health Care Landscape
A fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation, provides an overview of population health, health coverage, and the health care delivery system in California in the era of health reform.
READ THE REPORT »
 
MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — ACCESS TO CARE »


PREVENTION

Lost Dollars, Empty Plates 2015
A report from California Food Policy Advocates, examines the impact that increased participation in CalFresh would have on state, local, and household budgets.
READ THE REPORT »
 
At the Intersection of Active Transportation and Equity: Joining Forces to Make Communities Healthier and Fairer
A report from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, explores the complexities of equitable active transportation and efforts to advance walking and bicycling to increase health, fairness, and opportunity for all communities.
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Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought
A report from the Center for American Progress, explores the intersection of climate change and inequality in the context of the California drought, highlighting the unique and disproportionate challenges faced by California’s low-income and farming communities.
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MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — PREVENTION »


OTHER

Traditions of Health Project: Culturally Relevant Integration
A resource from the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, aims to improve the integration of behavioral health and primary care for Urban Indians by advancing the cultural revitalization efforts of Urban Indian Health Organizations in California.
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The Hidden Poor: Over Three-Quarters of a Million Older Californians Overlooked by Official Poverty Line
A report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, highlights the plight of those who live in the gap between the federal poverty level and the Elder Index's poverty measure, a more accurate estimate of what it takes to have a decent standard of living.
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Portrait of Promise: The California Statewide Plan to Promote Health and Mental Health Equity
A report from the California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity, presents background and evidence on the root causes and consequences of health inequities in California and offers strategies for addressing them.
READ THE REPORT »
 
MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — OTHER »
UPCOMING EVENTS

A Blueprint for Health: Planning Communities that Promote Equity

November 10, Fresno
November 12, Oakland
November 17, Los Angeles
November 18, San Diego

 
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) revised general plan guidelines direct cities and counties to consider key issues such as housing, complete streets, and open space in the planning and development of their communities. The revised guidelines will include new sections on how local jurisdictions can promote health and equity in future development. These draft guidelines have the potential to impact health in many ways, such as encouraging the availability of healthy foods, promoting active transportation, and identifying housing needs. Join CPEHN and our partners and learn more about the potential of the new guidelines!
 
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Save the Date: CPEHN Voices for Change Conference

June 23, Los Angeles

Our biennial conference will be held June 23rd at The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities in Los Angeles. A primary goal of the conference is to provide advocates with an overview on the latest in health care policy and an opportunity to learn about the intersection of health with other key topics such as climate change, active transportation, and housing. Registration will open in early 2016.
 

Type 2, Not You! Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program
October 30, San Diego
Hosted by Nile Sisters Development Initiative
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Engaging Consumers on Their Preferred Channels: Capitalizing on Mobile, Online and Social Platforms for Medicaid Programs
October 30, Webinar
Hosted by MAXIMUS
MORE INFO »

Fresno County Community Forum on the Impact and Progress of the Mental Health Services Act
November 5, Fresno
Hosted by the MHSOAC Client and Family Leadership Committee and the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee
MORE INFO »

The Promise of Health Reform for Sacramento Women: Successes + Opportunities
November 5, Sacramento
Hosted by the California Family Health Council
MORE INFO »

Provider Directories and Surprise Medical Bills: Addressing Two Key Provider Access Issues
November 5, Webinar
Hosted by Families USA
MORE INFO »

Book Event – Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work Without a Strong Middle Class
November 9, Sacramento
Hosted by the California Budget & Policy Center
MORE INFO »

California Policy Convening on Childhood Adversity
November 11-12, San Diego
Hosted by the Center for Youth Wellness
MORE INFO »

The Promise of Health Reform for Bay Area Women: Successes + Opportunities
November 12, Oakland
Hosted by the California Family Health Council
MORE INFO »

The Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference
November 13-15, Irvine
Hosted by Active Minds
MORE INFO »

Type 2, Not You! Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program
November 20, San Diego
Hosted by Nile Sisters Development Initiative
MORE INFO »

13th Annual Promotor and Community Health Worker Conference
December 10-12, Ontario
Hosted by Vision y Compromiso
MORE INFO »

New Partners For Smart Growth Conference
February 11-13, Portland, Ore.
Hosted by the Local Government Commission
MORE INFO »
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
California Reducing Disparities Project Phase II
California Department of Public Health
Deadline: November 13/November 20
MORE INFO »

Voices for Healthy Kids
The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: Open
MORE INFO »

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: Open
MORE INFO »

Accelerating Community-Centered Approaches in Health
The Kresge Foundation
Deadline: Open
MORE INFO »

Developing Healthy Places
The Kresge Foundation
Deadline: Open
MORE INFO »
THANK YOU
Thank you to those who helped make our "Focus on Equity" convening in Sacramento a success:
 
 

SPEAKERS

Natalie Benjamin

Betzabel Estudillo
Annie Fox

Phil Serna
Jonathan Tran
 
 

CO-HOSTS

Asian Resources, Inc.

Center for Community Health and Wellbeing

La Familia Counceling Center, Inc.

My Sister's House
OnTrack Program Resources, Inc.

Sacramento Area Congregations Together

Sacramento Native American Health Center
 
 


Thank you to our donors who make our work possible:
 
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Earl Koteen
Ninez Ponce & Robert Nordyke
 
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

AltaMed Health Services Corporation
Consumers Union - West Coast Office
 
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Sarah de Guia

Patrick & Martha Dexter

Jennifer Hernandez
Iyanrick John

Kathy Ko Chin
Dexter Louie

William Walker
 
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Avantpage, Inc.

California Black Health Network

California School-Based Health Alliance
Capell & Associates

Korean Community Center of the East Bay

Language World Services, Inc.

St. John's Well Child & Family Center
 
 

CURRENT INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Elizabeth & Don Abbott

Peter Abbott

Jacquie Anderson

Martha Arrona

Marice Ashe

Jenny Bard

Andrew & Rebecca Bindman

Ruben Cantu

Vicente & Catalina Cantu

Julia Caplan

Ana Carricchi

David Carroll & Stan Yogi

Sophia Chang & Anson Lowe

Alice Chen

Lillian Chen

Brandi Collins

James Allen & Lyn Crouch

Gemirald Daus

David Dexter

Charlotte Dickson

Diane Dooley

Paula Edwards

Cathy Ferron

Pam Flood & Yvonne Courtemanche

George Flores

Heng Lam Foong

Juan Francisco Lara

Harold Goldstein

Judy Gong

Viola Gonzales & Penn Hughes

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Kevin Hamilton
Laura Hogan & Steve Cohen

David Holtzman

Miya Iwataki

Edie Jessup

Viola Johnson

Rachael Kagan

Jenny Kattlove

Alice Kessler & Michelle Cabrera

Brandon Kitagawa

Ford & Frances Kuramoto

Jonathan Lepule

Gabrielle Lessard & John Yuasa

Steve Lew

Mari Lopez

Mischa Lorraine

Laurel Lucia

Dory Magasis Escobar

Jacquelyn Maruhashi

Robert & Anne Meagher

Ying-Ying Meng

Carole Mercer

Raja Mitry

Daniel Morales

Xavier Morales

Sharen Muraoka

Phil Nader

Poki Namkung

Michael Odeh

Linda Okahara & Balaram Puligandla

Elena Ong

Sandra Poole

Aviva Prager
Maria Puig-Llano

Lourdes Quitugua

Jenny Rejeske

Jeffrey Ring & Beth Marcus

Robert Robinson

Linda Rudolph

Emily Rusch

Camille Russell

Mojgan Sami

Caroline Sanders

Delight Satter

Mark & Lucia Savage

Don Schinske

Phoebe Seaton

Karen Shore

Julie Silas

Gabriel Stover

Dong Suh

Maggie Ta

Robert Taylor, Jr.

Catherine Teare

Shannon Tracey

Jacqueline Tran

Nina Vassilian

Steven Wallace

Emily Warming

Steve Wirtz & Rhonda Rios Kravitz

Ellen Wu

Dianne Yamashiro-Omi

Silvia Yee

Albert & Jeanette Yuen

Irene Zbiczak

Jane Zones
 
 

CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL DONORS

California HealthCare Foundation (employee matching gift)

Cal-Islanders Humanitarian Association

Clinica Sierra Vista

Crosby & Kaneda

Disparities Solutions Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital

Earth Mama Healing

Employee Rights Center

Harder + Company Community Research
HR Dowden & Associates

Insure the Uninsured Project

Lutheran Office of Public Policy

Multicultural Health Institute

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network

South Central Health and Rehabilitation Programs

South LA Health Projects

The California Endowment (employee matching gift)
 
 


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