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January 2015CPEHN's Quarterly NewsletterVolume 7 Issue 3

Voice for Change

"The conversation about sugar-sweetened beverages is only going to increase. Eventually, a tax or policy will effect positive change."
—Pauline Grant, San Francisco

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TOP STORIES

Medi-Cal Waiver Provides Great Opportunity to Promote Health Equity

This year is off to an exciting start with a new two-year legislative session, the release of the Governor’s 2015-16 budget proposal, and new opportunities for advancing health and equity for California’s communities of color. One critical and pressing opportunity facing the state is the renewal of California’s 1115 waiver. The waiver gives states like California additional flexibility to design and improve their Medicaid program (Medi-Cal in California) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)...

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Hundreds Convene on Sacramento to Celebrate CBHN’s 2014 Heroes in Health 

By B. Darcel Lee, Executive Director, California Black Health Network

On November 1, 2014, California Black Health Network (CBHN) hosted its annual Heroes in Health Awards Gala at the Sacramento Convention Center. The event was designed to honor those most responsible for the passing of the Affordable Care Act and the implementation of the state’s health benefits exchange, Covered California...

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Advocates Work to Maximize Benefit of My Health LA

By Sonya Vasquez, Policy Director, Community Health Councils, Inc.

While advocates urge California lawmakers to extend health coverage to the remaining uninsured not eligible under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) and Board of Supervisors have taken action with My Health LA (MHLA). Launched in late 2014, MHLA is a primary care program for low-income uninsured LA County residents...

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Finding Health Statistics by ZIP Code, City, and Legislative District

By Dr. Ninez Ponce, Principal Investigator, California Health Interview Survey; CPEHN Board Member

Californians can now easily access comprehensive health statistics by ZIP code, city, and legislative district thanks to a new web tool from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The free, easy-to-use AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition (AskCHIS NE), which launched in mid-November 2014 at askchisne.ucla.edu, lets you customize and compare information for small geographic areas, and map and chart your results...

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POLICY UPDATES

CPEHN Bills, Health4All, Highlight 2015 Legislative Session

CPEHN is gearing up for another busy legislative session. We are excited to support new efforts to “finish the job” to cover all Californians. Senator Ricardo Lara has introduced Senate Bill 4 Health4All, legislation that seeks to expand coverage to the remaining uninsured. 

In addition, CPEHN is looking forward to introducing two proposed bill ideas to modernize and update language assistance laws...

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Covered California Update

Covered California held its first Board meeting of the year on January 15, 2015. The Board re-elected Secretary Dooley to serve as chair for the next term.

Covered California announced new enrollment numbers for 2015: As of January 12th, Covered California had enrolled over 228,000 new enrollees with the majority (88%) eligible for subsidies in the Exchange. Covered California continued to focus on outreach to Latinos and African Americans with Latinos representing 28% and African-Americans 3% of the total number of enrollees, the same as enrolled during the first enrollment period last year...

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Governor Unveils Budget for 2015-16 Fiscal Year

On Friday, January 9th, Governor Jerry Brown released his state budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The $113 billion spending proposal includes a modest increase in funding for Medi-Cal, which provides health coverage to as many as 12.2 million enrollees. The budget affirms Medi-Cal eligibility for immigrants impacted by President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, but does not include additional funding. The proposal also includes significant funding increases for education ($4 billion) and climate change programs ($2 billion)...

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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

Action for Health Justice Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary
A resource from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, includes a glossary of health insurance enrollment terms in English and 11 Asian and Pacific Islander languages.
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The State of Health Insurance in California: Findings from the 2011/2012 California Health Interview Survey
A report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, paints a comprehensive picture of health insurance trends, access, and coverage status for California's 37.7 million residents.
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California Health Care Quality Report Cards – 2014-15 Edition
A report from the State of California Office of the Patient Advocate, displays clinical performance and member experience data on the care provided to Californians with commercial health insurance.
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MORE RESOURCES AND REPORTS — ACCESS TO CARE »
 

PREVENTION

2014 California Affordable Housing Cost Study
A report from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the California Housing Finance Agency, and the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, measures the factors that influence the cost of building affordable rental housing in California.
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Safe Routes to School State Network Project: Building a Culture of Health through Active Transportation
A report from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, examines stakeholder efforts to improve transportation options for children.
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Multi-Sector Partnerships for Preventing Violence
A report from Prevention Institute, shows that many sectors must be engaged to effectively prevent violence.
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OTHER

Budget Proposal Prioritizes Austerity, Lacks Plan for Helping Ensure Broadly Shared Economic Recovery
A report from the California Budget Project, analyzes Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
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A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California
A report from the Center for Youth Wellness, details the correlation between childhood exposure to adversity and trauma with poor health, behavioral and social outcomes later in life.
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A Portrait of California 2014–2015
A report from Measure of America, measures wellbeing across California on the basis of health, education, and income.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

California Reducing Disparities Project Town Hall Meetings

January 26, Fresno
January 28, Oakland

February 4, San Diego
February 5, Los Angeles
February 17, Eureka


CPEHN is hosting five town hall meetings to hear your input into the draft Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities. At these events, which coincide with the 35-day public comment period, you can hear more about the project and provide feedback on how the plan can better serve your community's needs.
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Memorial for Lark Galloway-Gilliam
January 31, Los Angeles

Recently we lost a tremendous advocate when Lark Galloway-Gilliam, Executive Director of Community Health Councils, Inc., (CHC) passed away. To remember her and her work, CHC is hosting a memorial on January 31, 2015 at 11:00AM at the Agape International Spiritual Center at 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, CA 90230. CHC is also collecting your stories about Lark. If you would like to share your memories, email larkgallowaygilliam.legacy@gmail.com.
Tools for Social Change: The National Equity Atlas
January 28, Webinar
Hosted by PolicyLink
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AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition Online Workshop
February 3, Webinar
Hosted by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
MORE INFO »
Community Research Lab Workshop
February 10-12, Santa Barbara
Hosted by Healthy City
MORE INFO »
AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition Workshop
February 12, Los Angeles
Hosted by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
MORE INFO »
ITUP's 19th Annual Conference & Reception
February 17, Sacramento
Hosted by Insure the Uninsured Project
MORE INFO »
Together Against Stigma International Conference
February 18-20, San Francisco
Hosted by the California Mental Health Services Authority, the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, and the World Psychiatric Association
MORE INFO »
Shared-Use Mobility Conference
February 23, Los Angeles
Hosted by Live * Ride * Share: SoCal's Emerging Mobility Marketplace
MORE INFO »
AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition Online Workshop
February 24, Webinar
Hosted by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
MORE INFO »
Policy Insights 2015
March 4, Sacramento
Hosted by California Budget Project
MORE INFO »
23rd Annual California WIC Association Conference and Trade Show
March 22-25, Burlingame
Hosted by California WIC Association
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 » 
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
Disparities Leadership Program
The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital
Deadline: February 13
MORE INFO »
Networks to Support Public Mental Health System Workforce with Lived Experience 
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Deadline: February 18
MORE INFO »
Creating Asthma Empowerment Collaborations to Reduce Childhood Asthma Disparities
National Institutes of Health
Deadline: February 20
MORE INFO »
Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: February 26
MORE INFO »
Smart from the Start Awards
Together Counts
Deadline: February 27
MORE INFO »
Song-Brown Program: Primary Care Residency
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Deadline: March 10
MORE INFO »
Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes
Together Counts
Deadline: March 19
MORE INFO »
Voices for Healthy Kids
The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: Open
MORE INFO »
Community Health Partnerships
The Kresge Foundation
Deadline: Open
MORE INFO »
THANK YOU
Thank you to everyone who helped make our A Forecast for Equity convenings a success:


SPEAKERS

Martha Dina Arguello

Nancy Bragado

Cesar Campos

Margaret Gordon

Solange Gould

Janaki Jagannath
Carey Knecht

Angelo Logan

Monique G. López

Kayla Race

Linda Rudolph

Phoebe Seaton
Emily Serafy Cox

Brooke Sommerfeldt

Sam Tepperman-Gelfant

Sissy Trinh

Ryan Wiggins
 

LOCAL CO-HOSTS

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance

Berkeley Youth Alternatives

Black Women for Wellness

California Black Health Network

California Convergence

California Partnership

California Rural Indian Health Board

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program

Circulate San Diego
Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative

Foundation for Change

Interfaith Center for Worker Justice of San Diego County

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Mid-City CAN

Occidental College Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Public Advocates

San Diego Foundation

Southeast Asian Community Alliance
 

Thank you to our donors who make our work possible:


CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Patrick & Martha Dexter

Viola Gonzales & Penn Hughes

Kathy Ko Chin
Poki Stewart Namkung

Ninez Ponce & Robert Nordyke 

Ed & Linda Wei
 

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Alameda Health Consortium

AltaMed Health Services Corporation
Castellano Family Foundation                              

Dignity Health
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (INDIVIDUALS)*

Jacquie Anderson

Alice Chen

Alicia Fernandez & Teresa Villela

George Flores

Calvin Freeman
Jennifer Hernandez

Iyanrick John

Earl W. Koteen

Steve Lew

Dexter Louie

Kelvin Quan
Dong Suh

Catherine Teare

William Walker

Hung & Chia Wu

Bobbie Wunsch
 

ADVOCATES CIRCLE (ORGANIZATIONS)*

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles

Asian Health Services

Avantpage, Inc.

California Black Health Network

California Rural Indian Health Board

California School-Based Health Alliance
Capell & Associates

Connecticut Health Foundation

Korean Community Center of the East Bay

Language World Services, Inc.

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Perry Communications Group, Inc.

St. John's Well Child & Family Center
 

CURRENT INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Elizabeth & Don Abbott

Peter Abbott

Patricia Aguilera

Adele Amodeo

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

Sarah de Guia

David Dexter

Teri Duarte

Paula Edwards

Lindsay Ehrhart

Cathy Ferron

Pam Flood & Yvonne Courtemanche

Lisa Folberg

Heng Lam Foong

Juan Francisco Lara

Judy Gong

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Byron Gross

Laura Hogan & Steve Cohen
David Holtzman

Edie Jessup

Viola Johnson

Rachael Kagan

Brandon Kitagawa

Ford & Frances Kuramoto

Donzella Lee

Jonathan Lepule

Gabrielle Lessard & John Yuasa

Virginia Leyva

Martha Lincoln

Julia Liou

Gloria Lopez

Mari Lopez

Mischa Lorraine

Rolland Lowe

Laurel Lucia

Dory Magasis Escobar

Nayamin Martinez

Jacquelyn Maruhashi

Robert & Anne Meagher

Carole Mercer

Raja Mitry

Xavier Morales

Sharen Muraoka

Sara Murrieta

Phil Nader

Barbara Napper

Bang Hai Nguyen

Linda Okahara & Balaram Puligandla

Elena Ong
Sandra Poole

Lourdes Quitugua

Jeffrey Ring & Beth Marcus

Robert Robinson

Linda Rudolph

Emily Rusch

Marbella Sala

Mojgan Sami

Caroline Sanders

Delight Satter

Mark & Lucia Savage

Don Schinske

Phoebe Seaton

Karen Shore

Julie Silas

Gabriel Stover

Maggie Ta

Sora Tanjasiri

Ruth Ann Terry

Shannon Tracey

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

Cal-Islanders Humanitarian Association

Capacity Builders, Inc.

Centro Binacional Para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueño

Chinese Community Health Care Association

Clinica Sierra Vista

Community Health Councils, Inc.

Crosby & Kaneda

Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

Employee Rights Center
Harder + Company Community Research

HR Dowden & Associates

Insure the Uninsured Project

Lutheran Office of Public Policy, CA

Mission City Community Network, Inc.

Multicultural Health Institute

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network

Shasta Community Health Center

South Central Health and Rehabilitation Programs
 

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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