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July 2015 CPEHN's Quarterly Newsletter Volume 8 Issue 1

Voice for Change

"I want to see affordable medical coverage and quality health care for all Californians!"
—Marie Garrido, San Diego

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TOP STORIES

Celebrating Victories, Mourning Lives Lost

By Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, CPEHN

The past few weeks have been filled with groundbreaking events that have a significant impact on the health of our families, our communities, and our nation! We have also seen a great tragedy befall a sacred space for a community. While we stand in celebration of the victories in health care and marriage equality, we hold the families of South Carolina who lost their loved ones in our hearts and minds...

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California Can't Wait to Fight Diabetes

By Xavier Morales, Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

We need to start adressing the diabetes epidemic that is impacting our communities with devastating consequences. California must get out in front of this preventable disease that is disproportionately affecting communities of color...

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California Cities Top List of Most Polluted Areas

By Michael Ong, American Lung Association in California

The American Lung Association State of the Air 2015 report, released in May, showed that while progress has been made, California continues to have some of the worst air pollution in the country. In fact, 28 million Californians live in counties where ozone or particle pollution levels can make the air unhealthy to breathe...

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Behind Bars: The Obstacles Incarcerated Youth Face in Education

By Edgardo Cervano-Soto, Media Justice Organizer, RYSE Youth Center

Cristian Remollo’s path towards the school-to-prison pipeline began in elementary school with a suspension for a fight. Forty-nine suspensions and one expulsion later, at 14 years old, Cristian was sentenced to San Mateo County Juvenile Hall for second degree robbery. He would be released two months later, on probation and with an ankle bracelet. However, Cristian’s contact with the juvenile justice system didn’t end there. From ages 14 to 16, Cristian would serve in juvenile hall on a total of three separate occasions...

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POLICY UPDATES

CPEHN’s Bills Advance in Legislature

As we enter the final stretch of the legislative session, CPEHN is pleased to report that all of our sponsored measures continue to make their way to the Governor’s desk. Here is where we stand:

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 and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to post this information on their websites as well. Recent amendments will now require hospitals to post a notice on their website, in English and non-English languages, informing patients about the availability of language assistance. Status: AB 389 is in Senate Appropriations...

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Governor Brown Signs Historic Budget Deal to Expand Access to Health Coverage for Undocumented

On June 24th, Governor Brown signed California’s $115.4 billion general fund budget for FY 2015-16. In a historic first step, the budget includes a $40 million dollar investment in Medi-Cal to enable all low-income children, regardless of immigration status, to access comprehensive health coverage as early as May 2016. Unfortunately, no funding was allocated to cover undocumented adults who will remain ineligible for full-scope Medi-Cal or to purchase health coverage through Covered California. For more information on SB 4 and the effort to cover this population, please see the Legislative Update. The final budget also includes an Earned Income Tax Credit for low income families, an acknowledgment that California must take steps to reduce poverty...

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California’s 35 Rural Counties Vote to Expand Health Coverage to Undocumented Immigrants

On June 25th, California’s County Medical Services Program (CMSP) Board voted unanimously to expand health coverage to low-income residents including undocumented immigrants residing in 35 rural counties. The expansion will help fill gaps in access to health care services for undocumented immigrant adults who are ineligible for full-scope Medi-Cal or coverage through Covered California...

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Covered California Update

On June 18th, Covered California’s Board voted unanimously to approve a $335 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The spending plan includes a 15% reduction, primarily from the outreach and sales division. The reduction comes as Covered California enters the final year of federal establishment funds, after which the exchange must be financially self-sustaining...

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DHCS Wins 5-Year Approval of Specialty Mental Health Services Waiver Request

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on June 24th that it has approved California’s waiver renewal request for Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) for a five-year period through June 30, 2020. The five-year term is a result of changes to the 1915 (b) waiver process under the ACA which had previously restricted terms to two years. Nearly 1 in 6 California adults have a mental health need, and 1 in 13 children have a mental health illness that limits their participation in daily activities. California’s mentally ill including communities of color will benefit greatly from the new waiver which is an important step toward opening the door to critically needed mental health care, including psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation, lab tests, and medication. The waiver application can be found here.


Federal Update

Supreme Court Upholds Legality of Subsidies in Federal Exchange
On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court denied another challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with its 6-3 ruling in the King v. Burwell case...

Congress Threatens to Cut Vital Source of Health Data
On June 16th, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee passed an appropriations bill that included the planned elimination of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)...

CMS Proposes New Regulations for Medi-Cal Managed Care
On June 1st, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed regulations that would apply to Medicaid Managed Care (Medi-Cal in California)...

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DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Nayamín Martinez: A Strong Voice for the Valley

Nayamín Martinez first joined CPEHN’s Having Our Say coalition (HOS) in 2007, when she worked as an advocacy and education coordinator with Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO) in Fresno. Always one of our most active HOS members, Nayamín played a significant leadership role in the formation of the coalition, bringing her experience with the Central Valley’s immigrant and indigenous communities to inform proposed efforts to expand health care coverage statewide...

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NEW REPORTS

Highlights from CPEHN's Blog

Mexico Sees Reduction in Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption after National Soda Tax

Event Highlights Ways Medi-Cal Waiver Renewal Can Promote Equity and Improve California’s Health Care System

Children’s Health Programs in California: Promoting a Lifetime of Health and Well-Being

Advocates from Across California Gather in Sacramento for ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day

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ACCESS TO CARE

Health for All: Covering Our Immigrant Children
A fact sheet from the California Children's Health Coverage Coalition, examines the impact Health for All legislation would have on immigrant children in California.
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California’s 1115 Waiver: An Opportunity to Move from Coverage to Whole-Person Care
A report from John Snow, Inc., proposes a focus on achieving “whole-person care” to help the state reach quality goals in Medi-Cal.
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Delivering on a Promise for Low-Income Californians
A report from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, examines the healthcare preferences and experiences of low-income Californians.
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MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — ACCESS TO CARE »


PREVENTION

Safety in All Policies: Multi-Sector Actions for a Safer California
A report from Prevention Institute, examines how to advance community safety and violence prevention in California through a multi-sector public health approach.
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Act on Climate: California Communities Addressing Climate Change and Health
A report from Public Health Institute's Center for Climate Change and Health, provides a series of case studies from communities across the state, demonstrating how local communities can incorporate climate change impacts and solutions into public health and strategies.
READ THE REPORT »
 
State of the Air 2015
A report from the American Lung Association, grades U.S. counties on harmful ozone (smog) and particle pollution recorded over a three-year period, and details trends for metropolitan areas over the past decade.
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MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — PREVENTION »


OTHER

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use among Adults
A report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, presents nationally representative estimates of mental health service utilization among adults aged 18 or older within different racial/ethnic groups in the United States.
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Ten-Year Trends in the Health of Young Children in California: 2003 to 2011-2012
A report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, presents 10-year trends in several key health and wellness indicators for children ages 0-5 in California, including health insurance coverage, dental visits, and overweight-for-age.
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2015 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California
A report from Mount St. Mary's University, explores gender gaps across key issues that impact women and girls throughout our state.
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MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — OTHER »
UPCOMING EVENTS

Focus on Equity Convening Comes to Sacramento

July 27, Sacramento
 
Over 3.5 million Californians have enrolled in new coverage options since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, yet persistent health disparities remain among communities of color, immigrants, and Limited English Proficient populations. Join the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and OnTrack Program Resources, Inc., to discuss opportunities to advance health equity both locally and statewide on the following topics:
  • Health for All efforts to provide health coverage to immigrants
  • Integration of behavioral health and primary care
  • Equity and health care quality
REGISTER NOW »

The Grocery Store Prescription: How Smart Shopping Leads to Healthy Eating
July 9, Webinar
Hosted by PolicyLink
MORE INFO »

July 2015 Federal Policy Update
July 14, Webinar
Hosted by the Alliance for Biking & Walking
MORE INFO »

Environmental Factors Driving Rising Obesity in California
July 15, Los Angeles
Hosted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
MORE INFO »

Institutionalizing the Change
July 15, Webinar
Hosted by America Walks
MORE INFO »

Amador and Neighboring Counties Community Forum on the Impact and Progress of the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63)
July 16, Jackson
Hosted by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission Client and Family Leadership Committee and the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee
MORE INFO »

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?
July 23, Webinar
Hosted by Healthy People 2020
MORE INFO »

The Asthma Team: Making Wishes Come True
July 31-August 2, Anaheim
Hosted by the Association of Asthma Educators
MORE INFO »

California Climate Action Planning Conference
August 13-14, San Luis Obispo
Hosted by Cal Poly and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research
MORE INFO »

Voices 2015: Moving Health Forward
September 14-15, Washington, D.C.
Hosted by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
MORE INFO »

CalFresh Forum
October 1, Sacramento
Hosted by California Food Policy Advocates
MORE INFO »

13th Annual Pre-Med and Pre-Health Professions National Conference
October 10, Davis
Hosted by the UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance
MORE INFO »

California Bicycle Summit 2015
October 25-28, San Diego
Hosted by the California Bicycle Coalition
MORE INFO »

Equity 2015: The National Summit
October 27-29, Los Angeles
Hosted by PolicyLink
MORE INFO »
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
National Leadership Program Centers
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: July 29
MORE INFO »

Statewide Support and Development of Public Mental Health System Workforce with Lived Experience
California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Deadline: July 29
MORE INFO »

Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: August 12
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" convenings a success:
 
 

SPEAKERS

Marty Adelman

Michelle Cabrera

Peter Currie

Betzabel Estudillo

Felicia Jones
Esther Lucero

Sarah Muller

Maribel Nuñez

Michael Ong

Sujei Rios
Maria Rodriguez

Sendy Sanchez

Jazmin Segura

Jennifer L. Torres
 
 

CO-HOSTS

ACCESS Women's Health Justice

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles

Asian Health Services

Black Women for Wellness

California Immigrant Policy Center

California Partnership

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño

Centro La Familia Advocacy Services

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

Community Clinic Association of San Bernardino County
Community Health Councils

Council of Community Clinics & Community Clinics Health Network of San Diego

Korean Community Center of the East Bay

Korean Resource Center

National Association of Asian American Professionals

National Immigration Law Center

Mid-City CAN

San Diego Black Health Associates

San Ysidro Health Center

Vision y Compromiso

Young Invincibles
 
 


Thank you to our donors who make our work possible:
 
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Kathy Ko Chin
Earl Koteen
Ninez Ponce & Robert Nordyke
 
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Alameda Health Consortium

AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Avantpage, Inc.
Castellano Family Foundation

Consumers Union - West Coast Office

Dignity Health
 
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Sarah de Guia

Patrick & Martha Dexter

Jennifer Hernandez
Iyanrick John

Dexter Louie

Poki Stewart Namkung
Dong Suh

William Walker
 
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian Health Services

California Black Health Network

California School-Based Health Alliance
Capell & Associates

Connecticut Health Foundation

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

Marice Ashe

Jenny Bard

Ruben Cantu

Vicente & Catalina Cantu

Julia Caplan

Ana Carricchi

David Carroll & Stan Yogi

Sophia Chang & Anson Lowe

Alice Chen

Arthur Chen

Lillian Chen

Brandi Collins

James Allen & Lyn Crouch

Gemirald Daus

David Dexter

Diane Dooley

Teri Duarte

Paula Edwards

Lindsay Ehrhart

Cathy Ferron

Pam Flood & Yvonne Courtemanche

George Flores

Heng Lam Foong

Juan Francisco Lara

Judy Gong

Viola Gonzales & Penn Hughes

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Kevin Hamilton
David Holtzman

Edie Jessup

Viola Johnson

Rachael Kagan

Jenny Kattlove

Alice Kessler & Michelle Cabrera

Brandon Kitagawa

Ford & Frances Kuramoto

Donzella Lee

Jonathan Lepule

Steve Lew

Martha Lincoln

Mari Lopez

Mischa Lorraine

Laurel Lucia

Dory Magasis Escobar

Nayamin Martinez

Jacquelyn Maruhashi

Robert & Anne Meagher

Ying Ying Meng

Carole Mercer

Raja Mitry

Daniel Morales

Xavier Morales

Sharen Muraoka

Phil Nader

Bang Hai Nguyen

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

Marbella Sala

Mojgan Sami

Caroline Sanders

Delight Satter

Mark & Lucia Savage

Don Schinske

Phoebe Seaton

Karen Shore

Julie Silas

Gabriel Stover

Maggie Ta

Sora Tanjasiri

Catherine Teare

Jacqueline Tran

Nina Vassilian

Steven Wallace

Emily Warming

Steve Wirtz & Rhonda Rios Kravitz

Ellen Wu

Dianne Yamashiro-Omi

Silvia Yee

Sharon Young & Mike Delgado

Albert & Jeanette Yuen

Irene Zbiczak

Jane Zones
 
 

CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL DONORS

California HealthCare Foundation (employee matching gift)

Cal-Islanders Humanitarian Association

Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño

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, CA

Multicultural Health Institute

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network

Shasta Community Health Center

South Central Health and Rehabilitation Programs

The California Endowment (employee matching gift)
 
 


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