CPEHN Accomplishments & History
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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Scorecards
CPEHN publishes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Scorecards that analyze how five California counties spent their federal ARPA dollars. In the spring, CPEHN conducted research and analyses of publicly available information from 11 California counties to see how they have been spending their critical public relief dollars. A 51-question equity metric was developed to examine in-depth counties’ efforts in the use of funds, promoting racial equity, and engaging constituents, ensuring transparency, accessibility, and accountability between March 2021 and February 2022.
California Needs Standards for Demographic and Social Needs Data to Reduce Disparities and Advance Health Equity
In April, CPEHN releases California Needs Standards for Demographic and Social Needs Data to Reduce Disparities and Advance Health Equity. This brief provides recommendations for state policymakers to improve the collection and reporting of demographic and social needs data which are critical to reducing health disparities and addressing the social drivers and determinants of health.
Building Culture and Gender Responsive Emergency Services
CPEHN releases Building Culture and Gender Responsive Emergency Services in March. This fact sheet focuses on communities of color and their experiences with emergency medical services and mental health crises.
Nothing About Us Without Us
CPEHN releases Nothing About Us Without Us. To better understand the strengths and limitations of area-based social indices, CPEHN conducted an analysis of California’s recent COVID-19 response strategies which relied on these tools to address COVID-19 inequities. CPEHN also analyzed quantitative data publicly available through the California Department of Public Health, and collected additional qualitative information through interviews with a number of CPEHN’s community partners, who helped racially and ethnically diverse Californians receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
CPEHN’s Sponsored Bill AB 326 is Signed into Law!
CPEHN’s sponsored bill, AB 326 was signed into law. The bill removes the sunset date for the Consumer Participation Program (CPP), which allows the Director of the Department of Managed Health Care to award advocacy and witness compensation to organizations that represent the interests of health care consumers in California in exchange for providing substantial contributions on proceedings. This bill will effectively be extending the operation of CPP indefinitely.
The Right to Heal: Centering Mental Health Multi-Racial Equity in California
CPEHN, in conjunction with MHSOAC statewide and local partners, hosted the Right to Heal event, an opportunity for community partners to share findings from their first year of local listening sessions with policymakers and stakeholders. Over 300 people attended and the overwhelming majority of attendees were from community-based organizations.
Medi-Cal Managed Care Mental Health Services: An Unfulfilled Promise for Communities of Color
CPEHN released Medi-Cal Managed Care Mental Health Services: An Unfulfilled Promise for Communities of Color. This report draws on quantitative data analysis, key informant interviews, and community field testing to better understand the access barriers communities of color face to access mental health services.
How California’s Community-Based Organizations Filled the Gaps for Underserved Communities
CPEHN releases How California’s Community-Based Organizations Filled the Gaps for Underserved Communities. This report — created by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, ChangeLab Solutions, and Prevention Institute, with contributions from 21 California CBOs — shows policymakers and community leaders how they can improve California’s efforts toward an equitable recovery from the social, economic, and health effects of the pandemic.
Policy Options for Community-Defined Evidence Practices (CDEPS)
CPEHN releases Policy Options for Community-Defined Evidence Practices (CDEPS). This concept paper is an initial attempt to outline policy opportunities and approaches for greater valuation and acceptance of the behavioral health practices BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities have used for many years, and in some cases millennia, to support their behavioral health and wellbeing.