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March 2015CPEHN's Quarterly NewsletterVolume 7 Issue 4

Voice for Change

"Climate change is more than just an environmental issue, it affects health, housing, food, and our lives. We need action now."
—Mary Richardson, Los Angeles

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TOP STORIES

The Affordable Care Act: 5 Years Later

Today we pause to celebrate five years since President Barack Obama signed the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). We pause to acknowledge the millions whose lives have been drastically improved through access to affordable health coverage, to give thanks to the hundreds of advocates and government allies that have worked tirelessly to get the ACA up and running, and to honor our President and our elected representatives who stood up and dared to approve the nation’s first major health reform legislation in a generation...

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CPEHN's Ethnic Partner Organizations Reflect on the ACA's 5th Anniversary 

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) celebrated the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by filing a supportive amicus brief in the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case to defend the law just as its success is becoming more evident. READ MORE »
     - Kathy Ko Chin, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

In 2013, a woman in San Francisco came up to me, her eyes glistening with fresh tears. She hugged me around my waist because she was so small in stature, and she kept saying, “Thank you! Thank you!” She went on to tell me that she was so grateful for a presentation I had just given on the ACA because she now understood that she was eligible for coverage and so was her mother. READ MORE »
     - B. Darcel Lee, California Black Health Network

Five years ago today, the California Rural Indian Health Board’s (CRIHB) then-Executive Director, James Allen Crouch, called the passage of the ACA “a momentous occasion” that would help “modernize Indian health services.” The American Indian provisions of the ACA have made it possible for us to provide culturally appropriate services to our communities today. READ MORE »
     - Amanda Wilbur, California Rural Indian Health Board

Today’s five-year anniversary of the ACA, or what we at the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) like to call Obamacare, has us excited about how we have finally started down the road towards health for all. We are especially excited that Genoveva Islas, LCHC’s Board Chair, has been appointed to the Covered California Board of Directors. READ MORE »
     - Xavier Morales, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
 

Something Amazing Is Happening in California: UpLiftCA

By Anthony Galace, Health Policy Fellow, and Bruce Mirken, Media Relations Director, Greenlining Inistitute

(This post originally appeared on our Voices for Health Equity blog)

Every year, dirty air kills over 9,000 Californians. Shockingly, more of us die from traffic-related pollution than from traffic-related accidents. Smog increases rates of asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes, and the five most polluted cities in America are all in California...

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Active Transportation Program Accepting Funding Applications this Week

By Jeanie Ward-Waller, Senior California Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

The Active Transportation Program (ATP) is a statewide competitive grant program that promotes bicycling and walking conditions with infrastructure improvements and encouragement programs. The ATP prioritizes projects that target safety for children traveling to school (Safe Routes to School grants) and improve streets and sidewalks for residents of disadvantaged communities as defined on page 8 of the ATP guidelines...

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POLICY UPDATES

CPEHN Sponsors Bills to Promote Language Access in Health Care

The 2015-16 California state legislative session is now in full swing. There are many new legislators and a lot of great bills this year. We will have additional information on our Policy Center soon about newly introduced bills related to health. This year CPEHN is proud to sponsor the following bills that will help improve access to health care for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals in California...

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Covered California Update

Covered California concluded its second open enrollment period in February, with close to 500,000 new enrollees. An additional 780,000 individuals enrolled in Medi-Cal pushed the total number of people newly enrolled to 1,274,073. Enrollment for young adults rose from 12% to 13% for enrollees aged 18-25 and 17% to 21% for enrollees aged 26 to 34. Latinos represented 37% of new enrollees, up from 31% at the end of the last open enrollment period. African-American enrollment represented 4%, up from 3% last year. Enrollment for Asian and Pacific Islander communities declined from 23% to 18%, which is slightly below the projected 21%...

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NEW REPORTS

CPEHN Has a New Blog!

With so much great work being done to improve the health of California’s communities of color, we launched Voices for Health Equity, an online community that will focus on efforts here at CPEHN and by others around the state to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. Throughout the year we will be looking for guest authors so keep Voices for Health Equity in mind if you have an important call to action, a new report, or an event that can’t be missed. We’d love to help spread the word. If you’re interested in contributing, please contact David Dexter.
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ACCESS TO CARE

Five Years into the Affordable Care Act: California Leads the Way
A report from Health Access, highlights California's achievements in implementing and improving on the ACA and highlights communities that have the most to gain.
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Which Californians will Lack Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act?

A report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, uses the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) to estimate the number of remaining uninsured in 2019.
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Young Adults More Likely to Qualify for Special Enrollment
A report from Young Invincibles, identifies the events that trigger special enrollment periods and demonstrates how young people are systematically more likely to qualify.
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Taking Control of Your Health: A Guide to Medi-Cal for Recipients of DACA
A report from the California Immigrant Policy Center, Educators for Fair Consideration, and the Dream Resource Center, clarifies questions about immigrants and Medi-Cal eligibility and addresses challenges to health care access.
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MORE RESOURCES AND REPORTS — ACCESS TO CARE »
 

PREVENTION

Conservation Horizons: Keeping Conservation and Land Trusts Vital for the Next Age
A report from the California Council of Land Trusts, examines the importance of land conservation and how land trusts benefit California's residents.
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Community Safety: A Building Block for Community Health
A report from Prevention Institute, the Advancement Project, and The California Endowment, showcases strategies recommended by Building Healthy Communities sites to make communities safer, such as economic opportunity and community cohesion.
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Why We Need Climate, Health, and Equity in All Policies
An article from Public Health Institute, examines how climate change and health measures should be considered in all policy decisions.
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OTHER

Exploring Low-Income Californians' Needs and Preferences for Behavioral Health Care
A report from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, reinforces the need to connect and simplify the systems that serve the behavioral health needs of our state’s most vulnerable patients.
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My Brother's Keeper Task Force: One-Year Progress Report to the President
A report from the My Brother's Keeper Task Force, addresses opportunity gaps that often prevent boys and young men of color and other young people from realizing their potential.
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The Racial Wealth Gap: Why Policy Matters
A report from Demos and the Institute for Assets & Social Policy at Brandeis University, evaluate the impact of housing, education, and labor markets on the wealth gap between White, Black, and Latino households and assesses how policies that equalize outcomes in these areas could reduce the gap.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Focus on Equity: Communities of Color in a Post-ACA California

April 21, Oakland
April 23, Fresno
April 27, Los Angeles
April 28, San Diego


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 CPEHN and our partners for Focus on Equity: Communities of Color in a Post-ACA California, as we highlight opportunities to advance equity in 2015 and beyond. 

In addition to these four events, we will also be holding an additional convening in San Bernardino. More information to come soon!

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ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day 2015

May 6, 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.

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California Transportation Plan 2040 Public Workshops
March 24, Fresno
March 26, Oakland

Hosted by Caltrans
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Community Researcher Development & Training Program Orientation
March 26, Los Angeles
Hosted by Community Health Councils, Inc.
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Improving OUTcomes Conference 2015
March 26-27, Sacramento
Hosted by UC Davis Health System
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LCHC Regional Network Meetings
March 30, Imperial Valley
March 31, San Diego

April 1, Los Angeles
April 3, Inland Empire
April 6, Central Valley
April 8, Bay Area

April 9, Sonoma/Napa
April 10, Far North
April 14, Central Coast

Hosted by Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
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Incorporating Health into Housing Decisions - Health Impact Assessment as a Tool
March 31, Webinar
Hosted by Health Impact Project, National Housing Conference, and the National Center for Healthy Housing
MORE INFO »
Undocumented Immigrants Eligible for DACA/DAPA: Who Are They?
March 31, Los Angeles/Webinar
Hosted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
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Health for All Conference and Lobby Day 
April 12-13, Sacramento
Hosted by AllCare Alliance and the Health4All Coalition 
MORE INFO »
GIS for Community Impact: From Technology to Translation
April 14, Oakland
Hosted by Zero Breast Cancer
MORE INFO »
Twitter 101 & Twitter for California Advocacy 
April 15, Webinar
Hosted by PolicyLink
MORE INFO »
Living Water: An Earth Day Celebration 
April 18, Santa Ana
Hosted by Cypher
MORE INFO »
Transportation Choices Summit
April 27, Sacramento
Hosted by TransForm
MORE INFO » 
Advancing Equity in Education & Health Care
April 30, San Diego
Hosted by California School-Based Health Alliance
MORE INFO » 
Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum: Fostering Communities Through Healthy Living
May 7, Santa Rosa
Hosted by Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program
MORE INFO » 
Diversity Trending: Building an Inclusive Economy
May 8, Los Angeles
Hosted by The Greenlining Institute
MORE INFO » 
Immigrant Day 2015
May 18, Sacramento
Hosted by California Immigrant Policy Center
MORE INFO » 
8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference
June 29-July 2, San Diego
Hosted by the California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health, The California Endowment, and Kaiser Permanente
MORE INFO » 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Reaching California’s Diverse Communities to Achieve Mental Health and Wellness
California Mental Health Services Authority
Deadline: March 27
MORE INFO »
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Deadline: April 2
MORE INFO »
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Security Challenge Area
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Deadline: April 2
MORE INFO »
East Bay Mini-Grants Program
Kaiser Permanente
Deadline: April 3
MORE INFO »
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Deadline: April 23
MORE INFO »
Voices for Healthy Kids
The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: Open
MORE INFO »
THANK YOU
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Cultivating Health Equity legislative briefing a success:


SPEAKERS

Martha Arguello

Michelle Cabrera

Iyanrick John

Wm. Jahmal Miller
Xavier Morales

Samuel Nunez

Sandra Poole

Linda Rudolph
Dong Suh

Sonya Vasquez

Amanda Wilbur
 
Thank you to our donors who make our work possible:


CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Kathy Ko Chin

Poki Stewart Namkung
Ninez Ponce & Robert Nordyke 
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Alameda Health Consortium

AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Avantpage, Inc.
Capell & Associates

Castellano Family Foundation                              


Dignity Health
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Jacquie Anderson 

Alice Chen

Sarah de Guia

Patrick & Martha Dexter
Jennifer Hernandez

Iyanrick John

Earl Koteen
Dexter Louie

Dong Suh

William Walker
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian Health Services

California School-Based Health Alliance

Cal-Islanders Humanitarian Association
Connecticut Health Foundation

Korean Community Center of the East Bay

Language World Services, Inc.

Perry Communications Group, Inc.
 

CURRENT INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Elizabeth & Don Abbott

Peter Abbott

Maricarmen Arjona

Marice Ashe

Jenny Bard

Ruben Cantu

Vicente & Catalina Cantu

Julia Caplan

Ana Carricchi Lopez

David Carroll & Stan Yogi

Sophia Chang & Anson Lowe

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

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Laura Hogan & Steve Cohen

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

Carole Mercer

Raja Mitry

Daniel Morales

Xavier Morales

Sharen Muraoka

Sara Murrieta

Phil Nader

Barbara Napper

Bang Hai Nguyen

Elena Ong

Sandra Poole
Maria Puig-Llano

Lourdes Quitugua

Jeffrey Ring & Beth Marcus

Robert Robinson

Linda Rudolph

Emily Rusch

Marbella Sala

Mojgan Sami

Caroline Sanders

Mark & Lucia Savage

Don Schinske

Phoebe Seaton

Karen Shore

Julie Silas

Gabriel Stover

Maggie Ta

Sora Tanjasiri

Catherine Teare

Nina Vassilian

Steven Wallace

Emily Warming

Steve Wirtz & Rhonda Rios Kravitz

Heidi Wong

Dianne Yamashiro-Omi

Silvia Yee

Sharon Young & Mike Delgado

Albert & Jeanette Yuen

Irene Zbiczak

Jane Zones
 

CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL DONORS

California Black Health Network

California Rural Indian Health Board

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

Insure the Uninsured Project

Lutheran Office of Public Policy

Multicultural Health Institute

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network

Shasta Community Health Center

South Central Health and Rehabilitation Programs
 

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* 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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