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February 2016 CPEHN's Quarterly Newsletter Volume 8 Issue 3

Voice for Change

“We need a greater reflection, understanding, and action around cultural engagement to generate motivation and accountability in our health care”
– Hector M. Ramirez

What's YOUR voice for change? Click here and tell us!
TOP STORIES

Covered California Poised to Prioritize Health Disparities Reduction and Improve Quality

By Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, CPEHN

For decades, CPEHN and other health advocates have led the charge in arguing for a more comprehensive focus on reducing health disparities. Years of data show the pervasiveness of health disparities particularly among communities of color and limited English proficient communities. Recent data from the Agency on Quality Health Care Research shows that disparities have actually worsened among certain populations...

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California Black Health Network Championing Advocacy for Sickle Cell Disease Patients

By Sandra Poole, Interim President/CEO, California Black Health Network

In an effort to promote health equity and to advocate for patients with blood disorders, the California Black Health Network (CBHN) will be working this year to improve the health status of people with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)...

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Dental Ghosts

By Jan Robinson-Flint, Executive Director
Black Women for Wellness 

Dentists have ghosts – they lurk in our minds, ready to pounce the moment any ping of pain presents itself in our mouths. Let me affirm those ghosts are no punks. They remind you of the first time you went to the dentist, the pain before you went, the long needles, the waiting rooms filled with moaning and swollen cheeks, the holding your mouth open…we rarely remember the relief, just the going home with pain killers, cotton in mouths and hoping that tomorrow it would all be better...

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CPEHN Welcomes Four New Board Members

This past December, CPEHN welcomed four new members to our Board of Directors. The new members bring a wealth of experience, ranging from mental health, active transportation, labor, and clinical practice. But the one thing they all have in common is a commitment to California’s communities of color and advancing our health equity policy agenda...

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CPEHN Welcomes New Executive Office Administrator

CPEHN would like to welcome our new Executive Office Administrator, Antmen Pimentel Mendoza! Antmen graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Gender & Women’s Studies. Antmen joins CPEHN with passion for community-oriented and heart-led work towards justice and liberation. He has had the opportunity to work in non-profit operations, finance, organizational culture, and event management. His work in the arts and in academics has been especially concerned with the empowerment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming people of color. Please join us in welcoming him to our team!


CPEHN's Sacramento Office has a New Address!

CPEHN's Sacramento office has a new location. Our new address is 1107 9th Street, Suite 410, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please update our Sacramento address in your records. We look forward to seeing you there soon! Our phone number will remain the same: (916) 447-1299.
IN THIS ISSUE
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POLICY UPDATES

State Legislation

CPEHN is off to a strong start this year with three sponsored bills. Our legislative package seeks to advance health equity in the workforce, transportation, and quality of care. Here are the key bills that CPEHN will be sponsoring in 2016!

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State Budget

Earlier in January, Governor Jerry Brown released his $136 billion FY 2016-17 state budget. The proposal includes modest increases in state spending in Medi-Cal and other safety-net programs despite a $3.6 billion revenue surplus...

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Covered California 

Covered California Sees Strong Enrollment Numbers in 2016: Covered California released a breakout of its 2016 enrollees at its February Board meeting. Nearly 440,000 new enrollees had selected a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) as of February 6, 2016. Low-income (88%) and communities of color (66%) continue to represent the majority of Exchange enrollees with Asians at 20%, Pacific Islanders at >1%, Black or African-American at 4%, Latino at 36%, American Indian or Alaskan Native at > 1%, and multiple races/other at 7%...

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State Dental Program Update

On January 28th, CPEHN attended the California Oral Health Program Advisory Committee/Partnership meeting convened by the California Department of Public Health and the State Dental Director, Dr. Jay Kumar. CPEHN was invited to join this stakeholder group after meeting with Dr. Kumar earlier last year...

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DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Kevin Williams, Former CPEHN Staff and Longtime Donor

In 1997, Kevin Williams, a graduate of law and public health, was hoping to fuse his dual degree into a career advocating for communities of color and universal health care. At the urging of Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO of the California Primary Care Association -- and CPEHN founder in her former role with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California -- Kevin applied for a job at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, a project that was initially housed at the Public Health Institute...

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NEW REPORTS

Taking a Bite out of Oral Health Inequities: Promoting Equitable Oral Health Policies for Communities of Color

Developed by CPEHN with the support of the DentaQuest Foundation, this report highlights oral health disparities within communities of color, identifies some of the causes of these inequities, and provides policy recommendations to advance equity for our communities.

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ACCESS TO CARE

ITUP Analysis and Summary of the §1115 Waiver Renewal
A report by the Insure the Uninsured Project, summarizes California’s Medi-Cal 2020 §1115 waiver, which went into effect at the beginning of 2016. The new waiver aims to build off of the successes of the Bridge to Reform waiver, which expired at the end of 2015.
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Digitizing the Safety Net: Health Tech Opportunities for the Underserved
A report by the California HealthCare Foundation, explores how a surge in digital technology innovations is helping low-income consumers monitor their health, manage their care, and connect with clinicians. 
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The Accountable Community for Health: An Emerging Model for Health System Transformation
A brief by Prevention Institute, introduces the key concepts and features of ACHs, and explains why and how healthcare groups are getting on board with this collaborative model that can save lives and money.
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MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — ACCESS TO CARE »


PREVENTION

Walking & Bicycling in Indian Country: Safe Routes to School in Tribal Communities
A report by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and Safe Routes to School National Partnership, provides an overview of successful strategies to implementing Safe Routes to School in tribal communities.
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Community Safety by Design: Preventing Violence through Land Use
A paper by the Prevention Institute explains how a violence prevention lens and a crime prevention lens are similar, and how they are different. 
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2016 California Children's Report Card
A report card by Children Now, shines a spotlight on areas where California is not doing enough for kids, including addressing the needs of the more than one million children experiencing traumatic events like abuse and neglect.
READ THE REPORT »
 
MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — PREVENTION »


OTHER

Going it Alone: Can California's K-12 School Districts Adequately and Equitabily Fund School Facilities? 
A report by the Center for Cities + Schools, suggests that many districts—particularly those serving high-need students—risk underfunded facilities budgets, deteriorating schools, and declining educational outcomes without state support for capital needs. The report includes policy reforms for school finance that promotes adequacy, equity, public accountability, and affordability. 
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Healthy Development without Displacement: A Summit of the Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use Network
A brief by Prevention Institute, shares key learnings from a recent summit in Los Angeles (LA) to discuss tools and strategies for supporting healthy community development without displacing current residents.  
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Sentencing in California: Moving Toward a Smarter, More Cost-Effective Approach
A report from the California Budget & Policy Center, looks at sentencing in California and explores how laws could be reformed to improve public safety and community well-being.
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MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — OTHER »
UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the Date: CPEHN's Voices for Change Conference

June 23, Los Angeles

Voices for Change: Seizing the Momentum for Health Equity, CPEHN’s biennial conference, will be held June 23rd at The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities in Los Angeles. The 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 April!
 


ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day 2016

March 30, Sacramento

The annual ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day brings community members and advocates from all over California together in Sacramento to learn about and support state policies promoting nutrition and physical activity. ENACT Day is free to attend but you must register by March 16th. Scholarships are available.

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2016 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health
February 24-26, Portland, Oregon
Hosted by the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
MORE INFO »

Implementing Systems-Level Change for Health Equity: A Partnership Summit
February 25-26, New York
Hosted by the Health Equity Initiative 
MORE INFO »

Food Summit 2016
February 27, Arcata
Hosted by the Humboldt Food Policy Council
MORE INFO »

Health and Well-Being of the Hidden Poor: How the Federal Poverty Level Overlooks Economically Insecure Older Californians
February 29, Los Angeles or Webinar 
Hosted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research 
MORE INFO »

Indigenous Knowledge Conference: International Women's Day
March 8, Fresno
Hosted by Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño
MORE INFO »

Policy Insights 2016
March 9, Sacramento
Hosted by the California Budget & Policy Center
MORE INFO »

Harmful Gender Norms: How Can Alliances Be Built Between Queer (LGBTQI2S) Movements to Help Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence More Effectively
March 9 and March 23, Webinar
Hosted by the Prevention Institute
MORE INFO »

The 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for Public Health Education - Investing in the Future of Health Education 
March 30-April 1, Charlotte
Hosted by the Society for Public Health Education
MORE INFO »

Safe Routes to School National Conference
April 5-7, Columbus
Hosted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
MORE INFO »

College for Behavioral Health Leadership Summit 2016 
April 6-8, San Diego
Hosted by the Prevention Institute
MORE INFO »

2016 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities & CBC Spring Health Braintrust
April 11-12, Washington D.C.
Hosted by the National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Heath Braintrust
MORE INFO »

2016 CWA's Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show
April 17-20, San Diego
Hosted by the California WIC Association 
MORE INFO »

Housing California 2016 Annual Conference
April 12-14, Sacramento
Hosted by Housing California 
MORE INFO »

Shared Roots: Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategies in Support of Social Justice
May 4, Webinar
Hosted by the Prevention Institute
MORE INFO »

Advocating for Equity in Education and Health Care
May 5-6, Sacramento
Hosted by the California School-Based Health Alliance 
MORE INFO »

California Immigrant Day 2016
May 10, Sacramento
Hosted by the California Immigrant Policy Center
MORE INFO »

Transportation Equity Summit
May 16, Sacramento
Hosted by the California Bicycle Coalition
MORE INFO »

Greenlining Economic Summit
May 26, Oakland
Hosted by the Greenlining Institute 
MORE INFO »

PedsCount 2016 Summit 
June 6-7, Long Beach
Hosted by California Walks, UC Berkeley SafeTREC, and Walk Long Beach
MORE INFO »

Reproductive Health & the Environment Conference
June 21, Los Angeles
Hosted by the UCLA Women's Center
MORE INFO »

2016 NAMI California Annual Conference
August 26-27, Burlingame 
Hosted by NAMI California
MORE INFO »
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program
The Department of Housing and Community Development
Deadline: March 16
MORE INFO »

Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Deadline: April 18
MORE INFO »

Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Deadline: April 21
MORE INFO »

California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative 
Community Partners
Deadline: Open
MORE INFO »
THANK YOU
Thank you to those who helped make our "Blueprint for Health" convenings a success:
 
 

SPEAKERS

Allison Allbee

Dr. Elizabeth Baca 

Tamika Butler 

Joe Donlin

Ruben Farias 
Gwendolyn Flynn 

Veronica Garibay 

Esther Goolsby 

Anna Lee 

N. Diane Moss
Daniel O'Connell

Brian Pollard

Sahar Shirazi

Heather Wooten
 
 

CO-HOSTS

Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance

CA4Health

California Bicycle Coalition

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño 

Centro La Familia

ChangeLab Solutions

Community Health Councils

Community Health Improvement Partners

Cultiva La Salud

Hope Collaborative
Housing California 

Interfaith Center for Worker Justice of San Diego County

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability 

Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition

Mid-City CAN

Occidental College Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

Raimi + Associates

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

San Diego Black Heath Associates

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy

Urban Habitat
 
 


Thank you to our donors who make our work possible:
 
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Michelle Cabrera and Alice Kessler
 
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Consumers Union

Tsai Family
 
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Jacquie Anderson

Sarah de Guia

Jennifer Hernandez

Judi Hilman

Kathy Ko Chin
Earl Koteen

Dexter Louie

Nayamin Martinez-Cossio

Poki Namkung

William Walker
 
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Asain & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Avantpage, Inc. 

California Black Health Network

California Rural Indian Health Board

California School-Based Health Alliance 
Capell & Associates

St. John's Well Child & Family Center

 
 
 

CURRENT INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Elizabeth and Don Abbott

Peter Abbott

Adele Amodeo

Sandy Anderson

Martha Arrona

Marice Ashe

Jenny Bard

Andrew and Rebecca Bindman

Kate Burch

Ruben Cantu and Ivan Ferko

Vincente and Catalina Cantu

David Carroll and Stan Yogi

Sophia Chang and Anson Lowe

Lynn Chung

James Allen and Lyn Crouch

Tony Dang

Gem Daus

Charlotte Dickson

Diane Dooley

Teri Duarte

Eileen Espejo

Pam Flood and Yvonne Courtemanche

George Flores

Lisa Folberg

Heng L. Foong

JR Fujita

Jean Gilbert

Harold Goldstein

Judy Gong

Viola Gonzales and Penn Hughes
Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Solange Gould

Marla Hall

Kevin Hamilton

Lisa Hershey

Laura Hogan and Steve Cohen

Miya Iwataki

Edie Jessup

Viola Johnson

Brandon Kitagawa

Beatrice Lee

Donzella Lee

Jonathan Lepule

Gabrielle Lessard and John Yuasa

Mari Lopez

Laurel Lucia

Dory Magasis Escobar

Robert and Anne Meagher

Ying Ying Meng

Carole Mercer

Lisa Merritt

Raja Mitry

Daniel Morales

Sharen Muraoka

Avtar Nijjer-Sidhu

Michael Odeh

Linda Okahara

Marj Plumb

Sandra Poole
Maria Puig-Llano

Jenny Rejeske

Rhonda Rios Kravitz and Steve Wirtz

Robert Robinson

Shaun Rosenstein

Linda Rudolph

Camille Russel

Mo Sami

Delight Satter

Mark and Lucia Savage

Dean Schillinger

Don Schinske

Phoebe Seaton

Karen Shore

Julie Silas

Maggie Ta

Robert Taylor, Jr. 

Shannon Tracey

Jacqueline Tran

Nina Vassilian 

Steven Wallace

Jeanie Ward-Waller

Kevin Williams and Janelle Green

Anthony Wright

Ellen Wu

Dianne Yamashiro-Omi

Irene Zbiczak

Jane Zones
 
 

CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL DONORS

California HealthCare Foundation (Employee Matching Gift)

Cal-Islanders Humanitarian Association
 
Capacity Builders, Inc.

Clinica Sierra Vista

Crosby & Kaneda

Disparities Solutions Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital 

Earth Mama Healing
Fresno Metro Ministry

HR Dowden & Associates

Insure the Uninsured Project

Lutheran Office of Public Policy, CA

Sierra Health Foundation (Employee Matching Gift)

South LA Health Projects 

The California Endowment (Employee Matching Gift)
 
 


To join this distinguished list, please donate to CPEHN now.

* You can join CPEHN's Champions Circle with a donation of $500 or more or the Advocates Circle with a donation of $250 or more.
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