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December 2016 CPEHN's Quarterly Newsletter Volume 8 Issue 6

Voice for Change

“We, as communities, are the drivers of change. So let’s press the ‘gas’ and move forward together towards a better tomorrow.”
—Aurora Garcia, Norwalk, CA

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TOP STORIES

CPEHN Will Remain a Steadfast Voice for Health Care in These Trying Times

By Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, CPEHN

I don’t know about you but since the election I have felt like I’m on a never-ending roller coaster with lots of ups and downs and a sense of steady unease. In October, just weeks before the election, CPEHN held our Voices for Change conference with an inspiring panel of young leaders, an overview of our Landscape of Opportunity brief from Dr. Ponce from UCLA, and an informative and riveting keynote by Steve Phillips on the potential of the new majority. We were inspired to build upon the strong foundation for health equity we have all contributed to these past several years...

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APIAHF: Thirty Years of Progress in Health Care Will Not Be Undone By the Election

By Kelsey Crow, Communications Consultant for APIAHF

In light of the presidential election, health advocates are preparing to once again defend the Affordable Care Act from attacks and repeal. Kathy Ko Chin, president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), and policy analyst Ben D’Avanzo, published a piece in the Huffington Post detailing the potential affects of repeal on the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities...

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Having Our Say at 10 Years, United for Health Equity

By Cary Sanders, Director of Policy Analysis, CPEHN

In 2007, almost a decade ago, California launched a monumental effort to reform our health care system. CPEHN formed the Having Our Say coalition (HOS) with the California Immigrant Policy Center and the California Partnership, to ensure that communities of color had a voice in the debate over access to quality health care. The coalition fought on behalf of California’s culturally and linguistically diverse residents, pushing our state policymakers to not lose sight of the ultimate goal, health care for all... 

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Securing Immigrant Voices Beyond the Election

By Priya Murthy, Policy and Advocacy Director, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)

As an organization committed to empowering low-income immigrants and refugees in Silicon Valley, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) has long believed that it is vital for the immigrant community’s voices to be heard in the political and electoral process. This year made this imperative more clear than ever. Which is why immigrant rights organizations, such as SIREN, drove the most comprehensive civic and electoral engagement campaigns possible. With such crucial issues, such as the future of immigration policy, health care, and economic opportunity in the balance, new American voters in Silicon Valley – and indeed across the state – stepped forward to become naturalized citizens, registered voters, and active participants in this year’s election...

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The Fight for Health Care Justice Must Continue

By Michael Miller, Strategic Policy Director, Community Catalyst and Ashley Blackburn, Policy Analyst, Community Catalyst

The election is over and Donald Trump, to the surprise of many, will be the next president of the United States. While the election results will have a profound impact on a range of public policies, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) faces a threat like never before. The urgent question that confronts us now is how to preserve the coverage gains and financial protections that millions of people now enjoy. Twenty-two million people could lose their coverage outright if the ACA is repealed, but that is just the tip of the iceberg...

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Our Health Care at Risk

By Rachel Linn-Gish, Director of Communications, Health Access California

With the election of Donald Trump, along with Republican control of both houses of Congress, the health coverage for millions of Americans is under threat—not just Obamacare, but Medicare and Medicaid as well. The next few weeks, and few years, will determine if we roll back the progress made not just in the last 5 or 10 years, but the last 50...

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With Trump’s Victory, Millions of Californians Are At Risk of Losing Access to Affordable Health Care Coverage

By Scott Graves, Director of Research, California Budget & Policy Center

The election of Donald Trump as the next US president gives Republicans the last piece of the puzzle they need to achieve two of their longstanding goals: dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cutting federal funding for Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California). As a result, affordable health care coverage for millions of low- and middle-income Californians is now in jeopardy.

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POLICY UPDATES

Legislative Update

At the end of September, we concluded the 2015-2016 Legislative Session with key wins for health equity and social justice. Governor Brown signed CPEHN co-sponsored bills AB 1726 (Bonta), which required the Department of Public Health to disaggregate essential health data for the API community, and SB 1139 (Lara), which ensures all people, regardless of their immigration status, may compete for state health professions scholarships and pursue medical degrees and other health training programs...

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DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Gem Daus: Committed to Health Equity Both Nationally and Locally

While working in Washington D.C as the Policy Analyst at Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), one of CPEHN’s founding ethnic partner organizations Gem Daus first became connected to CPEHN. He often travelled to the bay area to work on language access issues, which remain very important to him.

“Gem has been a longtime supporter of CPHEN both from a policy level and financially, we look to him for up to date information from the national level on health disparities, especially for the API community” shared Sarah de Guia, Executive Director of CPEHN...

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NEW REPORTS

The Landscape of Opportunity (3rd Edition)

CPEHN's latest report uses current data and research to examine health disparities across a broad spectrum of factors and social conditions. Throughout the report, the complex relationship between structural factors and health outcomes is discussed. The report also includes case studies, policy wins and policy recommendations.

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Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Will Hurt Low-Income and Communities of Color 

Communities of color, the majority of the newly insured under Affordable Care Act (ACA), will be most negatively impacted from national efforts to repeal the law. Prior to the ACA communities of color, who made up just over half of all residents, were three-quarters (74%) of California’s uninsured. The ACA significantly helped to close the coverage gap, cutting uninsurance rates by more than half for Asian Americans and African Americans between 2013 and 2015 and reducing rates for Latinos at slightly lower rates.

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Protect Health Care for Californians! Send Us Your Story

We need your help to be explicit with the new Congress and Administration about the true impact of their decisions—to fight to preserve the benefits we rely on today. Please share your story about how the ACA has helped your community member. Your voice matters, and it will be what helps preserve this progress.

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ACCESS TO CARE

Impacts of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion on Insurance Coverage and Access to Care
A brief by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provides a literature review of the effects of Medicaid expansion, with a focus on the impacts of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion in 2014 and 2015. Specifically, the brief focuses on the effects of expansion on health coverage and access, affordability and quality of care.
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Our Healthcare At Risk:  Medicare, Medicaid , and the Affordable Care  Act
A fact sheet from Health Access, explores the effects of the election of Donald Trump, along with Republican control of both houses of Congress on health coverage for millions of Americans and the progress we’ve made in the last half-century with the enactment of Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Medi-Cal Reaches Millions of People Across California, but Faces an Uncertain Future
A fact sheet by the California Budget & Policy Center, highlights Medi-Cal's importance across our state by providing figures on Medi-Cal enrollment for every California county. This analysis shows that Medi-Cal serves more than 13 million people across all 58 counties and that in 49 of these counties over one-quarter of residents are enrolled.
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PREVENTION

Safe Routes to Healthy Food
A fact sheet by Safe Routes to School National Partnership, explores the benefits of making healthy food accessible by foot, bike, or transit, and highlights examples of how businesses, agencies, and nonprofits are taking action to improve transportation options for healthy food.
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Strategic Opportunities to Create a Healthy, Equitable Land Use System in Los Angeles
A report by Prevention Institute, outlines strategies to move Los Angeles to a healthier, more equitable land use system, and highlight a selection of policy examples and key opportunities.
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Safe Routes to School in Small Rural Communities
A report by Safe Routes to School National Partnership, describes state outreach, technical assistance, and partnership approaches that support rural communities and highlights two communities that have successfully used federal funds to improve safety and accessibility for walking and bicycling.
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MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — PREVENTION »


OTHER

Dental Therapists Can Improve Access to Dental Care for Underserved Communities
A brief by Families USA, explores adding dental therapists to the dental workforce to improve access to timely dental care and to diversify the dental workforce to better meet their communities’ needs. 
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California State and County Governments Spend More Than $20 Billion Annually on Incarceration and Responding to Crime
A fact sheet from the California Budget & Policy Center, highlights that public spending on incarceration and responding to crime remains high despite the important criminal justice reforms adopted by the voters and state policymakers in recent years. 
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Proposition 55: Should California Maintain Higher Taxes on the Wealthiest to Fund Education, Health Care, and Other Services?
A fact sheet by the California Budget & Policy Center, shows that Prop. 55 is projected to raise $4 billion to $9 billion per year, with these dollars going to K-12 public schools, community colleges, the state’s rainy day fund, and state debt payments, as well as to Medi-Cal and other state services. 
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MORE RESOURCE AND REPORTS — OTHER »
UPCOMING EVENTS

Health Equity & the Future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Post-Election Analysis (Webinar)

Join CPEHN and other advocates on December 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM, as we provide an overview of the 2017 landscape and what federal proposals to repeal the ACA might mean for the health of communities of color in California (see CPEHN's New Fact Sheet). This webinar is free and open to all.

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Health Action 2017 Conference
February 16-18, Washington D.C.
Hosted by Families USA
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The State Budget Process and Key Issues to Watch for in 2017
December 13, Sacramento
Hosted by the California Budget & Policy Center
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California Climate Change Symposium 2017: Science to Safeguard California
January 25-26, Sacramento
Hosted by Climate Resolve
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Childhood Obesity Conference
May 30-June 2, San Diego
Hosted by The California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, Nutrition Policy Institute UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, The California Endowment, and Kaiser Permanente
MORE INFO »
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
NJHI Next Generation Community Leaders
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Deadline: January 12
MORE INFO »

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

Innovative Population Health Programs and Policies
Kresge Foundation
Deadline: Open
MORE INFO »
THANK YOU
Thank you to those who helped make our "Voices for Change" conference a success:
 
 

SPEAKERS

Eddie Ahn

Mayra Alvarez

Linnea Ashley

Veenu Aulakh

Ignatius Bau

Gloria Bruce

Tyrone Buckley

Cynthia Buiza

Tamika L. Butler

Michelle Doty Cabrera

Carmela Castellano-Garcia
John Connolly

Tony Dang

Gilberto Espinoza

Chanell Fletcher

Anthony Galace

Veronica Garibay-Gonzalez

Jim Gilmer

Paulina Gonzalez

Berny Gould

Brandon Harrison

Genoveva Islas
Dr. Lance Lang

Huong N. Le

Abraham Medina

Samuel Nunez

Maria Patiño

Steve Phillips

Dr. Ninez Ponce

Leslie Renteria

Robert K. Ross

Jennifer L. Torres

Manisha Vaze
 
 

SPONSORS

Corporate Sponsors

GOLD

Kaiser Permanente

SILVER
The California HealthCare Foundation

BRONZE
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
California Primary Care Association
Care 1st Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan
Sierra Health Foundation
Sutter Health

Core Funders

Blue Shield of California Foundation
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
San Francisco Foundation

Community Partner Sponsors

CHAMPION
Consumers Union
Health Access
Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
Vision Y Compromiso

ADVOCATE
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA
California Bicycle Coalition
California Immigrant Policy Center
California Walks
ChangeLab Solutions
Fresno Center for New Americans
Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries
National Immigration Law Center
Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)
Urban Habitat

PARTNER
ACCESS Women's Health Justice
Clinica Sierra Vista
Cultiva La Salud
Prevention Institute
Public Advocates
Public Health Institute
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention
TransForm

 
 


Thank you to our donors who make our work possible:
 
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Michelle Cabrera and Alice Kessler

Tony Dang

Sarah de Guia

Tsai Family
 
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Alameda Health Consortium

AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Castellano Family Foundation

Language World Services, Inc.
 
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Jacquie Anderson Wilson

Ana Carricchi

Judi Hilman

Miya Iwataki

Iyanrick John
Kathy Ko Chin

Earl Koteen

Nayamin Martinez

Poki Namkung
Kelvin Quan

Jacqueline Tran

William Walker

Ellen Wu
 
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Advancement Project

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Avantpage, Inc.

California Black Health Network

California Rural Indian Health Board
California School-Based Health Alliance

Capell & Associates

Korean Community Center of the East Bay

St. John's Well Child & Family Center
 
 

CURRENT INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Elizabeth and Don Abbott

Peter Abbott

Jei Africa

Adele Amodeo

Sandy Anderson

Martha Arrona

Marice Ashe

Jenny Bard

Vicente and Catalina Cantu

Ruben Cantu and Ivan Ferko

David Carroll and Stan Yogi

Sophia Chang and Anson Lowe

Arthur Chen

Lynn Chung

James Allen and Lyn Crouch

Gem Daus

Rebecca DeLaRosa

Kathy Dervin

Teri Duarte

Paula Edwards

Eileen Espejo

Pam Flood and Yvonne Courtemanche

Lisa Folberg

Heng Foong

JR Fujita

Jean Gilbert
Judy Gong

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Solange Gould

Marla Hall

Lisa Hershey

Edie Jessup

Jenny Kattlove

Brandon Kitagawa

Huong Le

Beatrice Lee

Jonathan Lepule

Steve Lew

Virginia Leyva

Laurel Lucia

Dory Magasis-Escobar

Robert and Anne Meagher

Isaac Menahse

Carole Mercer

Lisa Merritt

April Moreno

Baldwin Moy

Sharen Muraoka

Barbara Napper

Avtar Nijjer-Sidhu

Michael Odeh

Karen Pitts

Marj Plumb
Sandra Poole

Jeffrey Ring and Beth Marcus

Rhonda Rios Kravitz and Steve Wirtz

Robert Robinson

Shaun Rosenstein

Linda Rudolph

Emily Rusch

Delight Satter

Mark and Lucia Savage

Dean Schilinger

Don Schinske

Phoebe Seaton

Erin Shigekawa

Karen Shore

Julie Silas

Sora Tanjasiri

Nina Vassilian

Steven Wallace

Jeanie Ward-Waller

Kevin Williams and Janelle Green

Anthony Wright

Diane Yamashiro-Omi

Irene Zbiczak

Jane Zones
 
 

CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL DONORS

California HealthCare Foundation

California Physicians Alliance

Capacity Builders, Inc.

Clinica Sierra Vista

Crosby & Kaneda
Fresno Metro Ministry

G.R.E.E.N Foundation 

Greenlining Institute

Insure the Uninsured Project

Sierra Health Foundation
 
 


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