Cal-IHEA Newsletter

News, Information, and Updates | December 2019

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Keegan Houser

Moving Evidence into Action to Address Structural Determinants of Youth Development

The California Initiative for Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA), in co-sponsorship with PolicyLink, the California Legislative Black Caucus, and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, is excited to host a policy briefing entitled, “Addressing Structural Determinants of Youth Development for Safe and Healthy Communities."

The Evidence Briefing will be on January 22nd from 11am- 12:30pm at the State Capitol Building Basement, Eureka Room. Register for the Event here! 

The purpose of the briefing is to convene an expert panel of University of California faculty to present research evidence that can inform future State policy and practice that promotes safety and wellbeing in all California communities. The California Initiative for a Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA) aims to facilitate productive discussion of innovative strategies/policies to address the systematic racism and structural violence that impede health, safety, and social justice for Black, Latinx, Native American and Indigenous youth in California.

Marc Philpart, Managing Director at PolicyLink and principal coordinator for the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, will facilitate a discussion about the ways in which the State can advance policies that support systems of healing and well-being for young people and communities of color in California. The interactive panel presentation and discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges related to promoting health, community safety and law enforcement accountability, while expanding the health equity advances that California has made through the California Act to Save Lives, The Racial Identity and Profiling Act of 2015, and similar legislation.

• Danielle Dupuy, MPH (UC Los Angeles)
• Erin Kerrison, PhD (UC Berkeley)
• Victor Rios, PhD (UC Santa Barbara)
• Marc Philpart, MPA, MPH (Managing Director)

This event is co-sponsored by The California Initiative for Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA), PolicyLink, and the California Legislative Black Caucus, with the support of co-sponsorship from the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color and the California Legislative Latino Caucus

Protecting and Promoting Immigrant Health in California

In Sacramento on September 25, 2019, Cal IHEA sponsored an evidence briefing, "Policy and Practice Innovations to Protect and Improve Immigrant Health in California,” to stimulate discussion between UC faculty, policymakers, and advocates to advance policy and practice solutions  to protect the health and welfare of our state's immigrant communities. 

Click here to see a video of the event which features clips from the briefing as well as interviews from attendees!

November Evidence Briefing Showcases Workforce Innovation to Achieve Whole Person Care

In light of the California Future Health Workforce Commission's recent report release, Cal-IHEA sponsored an evidence briefing focused on “Achieving Whole Person Care through Workforce Innovation” at UC Center Sacramento on November 12th. The briefing presented current research on promising policies and strategies to strengthen and diversify the healthcare workforce by expanding training and opportunities for home health/personal care aides, behavioral health workers, and community health workers.

We wish to thank our expert panelists, Joanne Spetz, PhD (UCSF, home health and personal care aides), Miya Barnett, PhD (UC Santa Barbara, community mental health workers), Janet Frank, DrPH (UCLA, behavioral health services for older adults), and Janette Dill, PhD (University of Minnesota, credentialing and career ladders in health care settings) as well as our discussants, Jeffrey Oxendine, MPH, MBA (Co-Director of the California Future Health Workforce Commission, Founder and CEO of Health Career Connection) and Elizabeth Oseguera (Associate Director of Policy for the California Primary Care Association) for their respective contributions to the event.  

Cal-IHEA Supports Analyses to Expand Access to Organ and Tissue Transplantation for Uninsured Californians

Cal-IHEA Fellow, Alein Haro, MPH and Marlene Martin, MD, UCSF facultymember and  hospitalist provided technical assistance to Assemblymember Mike Gipson’s office to identify equitable policy solutions to expand access to organ transplantation for all Californians regardless of insurance coverage or legal status.

During the 2019 legislative session, Asm. Gipson authored AB-810 Organ and tissue transplantation: uninsured or undocumented individuals. The bill did not pass, but Ms. Haro worked with Dr. Martin and Matthew Waldron, Legislative Aid to Asm. Gipson, to evaluate and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of organ transplantation for everyone in the State, including undocumented and uninsured communities. The group is working to find policy solutions that are inclusive of all Californians.  With help from this collaborative effort, Asm. Gipson plans to introduce a new bill instead of previous plans to convene a working of experts. This will enable a more direct path policy solutions to allow all Californians to access organ and tissue transplants regardless of legal status and health insurance coverage. 

ETA grantee Prof. Cecilia Ayon and her community partner, California Immigrant Policy Center, host community forum

Professor Cecilia Ayon presented findings at a community forum in the Inland Empire from her report titled “The Health Needs of Undocumented Older Adults: A View on Health Status, Access to Care, and Barriers”.  Alongside Cecilia, Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, provided context on Health for All. Community advisory members Javier Hernadez from the Inland Empire Coalition for Immigrant Justice,  Najayra Valdovinos Soto from IE Immigrant Youth Collective, and Dianey Murillo from California Immigrant Youth, shared their experiences in the research process. Click here to read more about Professor Ayon’s Cal-IHEA Evidence to Action Awaard on health needs of a segment of the undocumented older adults in California!