CPEHN’s Executive Director, Sarah de Guia, opens the newsletter by discussing Covered California’s disparities reduction and quality improvement strategies, which show promise in reducing disparities for California’s communities of color.
Our Ethnic Partner Spotlight features an article from the California Black Health Network (CBHN) and their advocacy efforts to improve the health of people with Sickle Cell Disease.
California Black Health Network (CBHN) launched Heroes in Health in 2012 in Los Angeles. The CBHN staff and Board of Directors wanted to recognize the many advocates, policymakers, community-based organizational leaders, and everyday citizens who work diligently to eliminate health disparities and to provide easier access to health services in the many African American communities around the state.
Heroes in Health tells the stories of those who are committed to the mission and vision of CBHN. The annual awards program has become an institution in this state. Whether it is someone who is our Lifetime Achievement Awardee and has given more than 25 years to this work, or an Advocate of the Year awardee who regularly challenges policy and lawmakers to “do the right thing,” this event recognizes people from a diverse universe of organizations, small companies, and large corporations. Heroes in Health is a key event that brings together leaders and citizens from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultural experiences. Together, we all say thank you to those unsung heroes who are making a difference to the health of millions of California citizens every day!
This year’s event will be on October 29th at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. There will be a reception at 5:30 pm with the awards dinner beginning at 7:00 pm. Early-bird registration ends on September 30th, so register today!
On Wednesday March 11th, the Senate and Assembly Health Committees held a Joint Hearing on Health Disparities in California. Co-chaired by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the hearing featured panel presentations by advocates and researchers discussing the status of California’s communities of color and recommendations for addressing persistent health disparities. In addition, staff from the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Office of Health Equity, Covered California, Safety Net Institute, and Partnership Health Plan discussed initiatives to improve data collection and analysis to better align health care services to address health disparities.
Defining Disparities in California
CPEHN’s Executive Director Sarah de Guia framed the discussion by emphasizing the need to incorporate an equity lens into our post-ACA health care delivery system. She noted that the key to reducing health disparities is to ensure standardized data collection and analysis of demographic data for disparities reduction initiatives and incorporating primary prevention into our delivery system to address the root causes of disparities.
The latest edition of our Health Equity Forum newsletter hit the virtual shelves today, and it features a lot of information on the most pressing health issues impacting California’s communities of color in 2015.
To start it off, our Executive Director, Sarah de Guia, summarizes the ongoing efforts to renew California’s 1115 Medi-Cal waiver, which has been instrumental in expanding the program in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. Renewing the waiver will help the state focus not just on expanding access to coverage, but implementing strategies to reduce health disparities as well.
We also have an article from B. Darcel Lee, President and CEO of the California Black Health Network (CBHN), one of CPEHN’s founding ethnic partner organizations. She gives a recap of CBHN’s Heroes in Health Gala.