Our Networks

The right to have health care is perhaps the most fundamental right of all people. Health care should not only be equitable in its delivery, but also be a tool for ameliorating broader societal inequities and injustices.

We believe that we can achieve health equity through the radical reimagining of our health care system and an explicit pursuit of anti-racist policy and systems changes. Our networks bring together and mobilize our diverse community partners and communities of color to advocate for a health care system that treats everyone with respect and dignity. Together, we work to identify and challenge health inequities and propose policy solutions that encourage optimal health and well-being in all communities, regardless of their income, sex, race, ethnicity, primary language, LGBTQ+ status, disability or immigration status. We think of our networks as courageous activist spaces where our diverse community members are fully seen and their voices fully heard. On our own, our voices might not be strong enough to break through the noise. But, as a network, we are raising our collective voices and flexing our community power to ensure that our state and local decision-makers create and implement policies and budgets that see us and serve us.

Behavioral Health Equity Collaborative (BHEC)

The Behavioral Health Equity Collaborative’s mission is to advance mental health equity in California by bringing voices of diverse communities to state policymaking. The Collaborative brings together state and local organizations that represent people of color, immigrants, refugees, youth, and LGBTQ+ communities and it mobilizes them to collectively advocate for increased investments in equitable, quality mental health services.

CPEHN is the convener of BHEC. We coordinate the Collaborative’s efforts related to policy research and development, advocacy and capacity building.

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California Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (CA-OPEN)

California Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (CA-OPEN) is a network with a mission to transform our oral health care system and advance oral health equity in California. It brings together a diverse network of members—policymakers, providers, consumers, advocates and grassroots organizers—to influence oral health policy, raise community awareness and engagement, educate our elected officials, and align our messages about the importance of equity in oral health.

CPEHN is the backbone facilitator of the Network. We are responsible for operations, logistics and communication between the members.

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Having Our Say (HOS)

Having Our Say is a coalition of over 40 community-based nonprofit organizations in California that focuses on health equity. It advocates for policies and innovative practices that address health disparities and promote an intersectional and holistic approach to health in communities of color.

CPEHN is the Coalition’s network weaver. We lead the Coalition, facilitate meetings, coordinate joint efforts and oversee operations and communications.

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