Cal-IHEA Progress Report, Health Equity Scholars Program | December 2021

Our 2019-2021 Progress Report is now available!

We are so excited to share our 2019-2021 progress report with you. This report highlights our activities over the past two years, including in-person and virtual evidence briefings, policy briefs, partnerships with community-based and advocacy organizations, and student engagement initiatives.In the report, you will find quotes from our trainees, briefing statistics, and more.

We look forward to expanding this work in the new year, and appreciate your continued support.

Environmental Health and Health Equity Research | September 2021

New Policy report on State Innovations to prevent the recurrence of intimate partner violence is out now!  

In this report, we examine these practices and policies that California could learn from to re-imagine how to prevent IPV across the state.

Environmental Health Equity: Moving from Evidence to Action | May 2021

On June 2nd, environmental health researchers and community-based advocates will discuss policy implications of their research surrounding climate change, air quality, prenatal exposures, and environmental justice. Our speakers include Dr. Amy Padula, UCSF, Dr. Michael Mendez, UC Irvine, Dr. Camila Alvarez, UC Merced, and community advocates Omar Paz and Maria.

Health Information Exchange, Medi-Cal Telehealth Policy | July 2021

Tanie Chantara, a Master of Public Health student in Health Policy & Management at UC Berkeley recently provided a report highlighting forms of Health Information exchange (HIEs) allowing for healthcare providers to access patient information outside of their practice. These efforts are usually conducted under the intention to use this information to facilitate the real-time and secure exchange of physical health data to enhance care coordination, reduce health care cost from duplicated services, and effectively respond to public health emergencies. The policy report expanded on three main policy recommendations-- one) designating agencies within state leadership to expand HIEs; two) providing financial incentives to reduce onboarding costs; and three) collect, locate, and aggregate data to prioritize health equity.

Remembering Steve Wallace | April 2021

The passing of UCLA Professor Steven P. Wallace is a profound loss for his students, colleagues, and friends across the UC system and beyond. As we mourn the passing of Steve, statements and tributes to him demonstrate respect, admiration, and gratitude. He was an avid advocate of health equity and human rights and made extraordinary contributions to immigrant and elderly health. Yet, Steve did so much more than that -- he greatly impacted the lives of his mentees. I was lucky to be one of them. 

COVID-19 and the Political Determinants of Health | October 2020

A November briefing will convene a panel of behavioral health care leaders to discuss and highlight opportunities and policy solutions to support the state's behavioral health workforce during COVID-19. Panelists will focus on behavioral health workforce needs, demands, and promising policy/practice solutions. This and UC Faculty highlights are featured in our October 2020 Newsletter

Protecting California’s Essential Workforce During the COVID-19 Emergency | September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted California's essential workers, particularly Latino and Black workers, employed in low-wage industries. The objective of our analysis is to disentangle the social and economic risk factors that place communities of color at a greater risk of financial and health vulnerability due to COVID-19 because of their status as an essential frontline worker. Our policy brief draws on the original analyses of a statewide poll of California registered voters to examine racial/ethnic, economic, geographic, and safety differences between essential and non-essential workers in California. The objective of this analysis is to disentangle the social and economic risk factors that place communities of color at a greater risk of financial and health vulnerability due to COVID-19 because of their status as an essential frontline worker. 

Addressing Social Risks to Improve Health through Medi-Cal Innovation | August 2020

While research has established that homelessness and housing instability are social risk factors that have strong impacts in shaping health outcomes, Medicaid has historically faced regulatory barriers to funding housing services for its low-income beneficiaries. In this policy report, Cal-IHEA Health Policy Fellow Michelle Carrera(link is external) analyzes a new proposal from the CA Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to pay for housing services in Medi-Cal ranging from medical respite to housing deposits as ‘In Lieu of Services’ - services that are medically appropriate and cost-effective substitutes to traditional medical benefits (e.g. ED/inpatient admissions).

Webinar: Tackling the Digital Divide & Improving Telehealth Access for Low Income Californians | July 2020

This upcoming briefing will convene a panel of health care and technology industry leaders to discuss recent policy and practice efforts aimed at improving internet and telehealth access for socioeconomically and clinically vulnerable populations in California.

Message of Solidarity | June 2020

We are struggling during a time of two major crises in the U.S.: COVID-19 and institutional racism. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are a symptom of the interpersonal and structural racism that exists in public policy and impacts the everyday experiences of Black and Brown communities. Cal-IHEA stands in solidarity with the Black community’s demand for racial justice, and calls for an end to policies and practices that normalize police brutality and other pillars of structural racism.

COVER/AGE Virtual Screening on April 7th: “Expanding Medi-Cal to Undocumented Older Californians" | March 2020

In co-sponsorship with the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), we cordially invite you to attend a virtual screening of the short documentary COVER/AGE, followed by an expert panel on “Expanding Medi-Cal to Undocumented Older Californians.”

New Cal-IHEA Videos and Toolkits Move Evidence into Action | February 2020

Cal-IHEA grantee, Dr. Altaf Saadi, has developed the first toolkit to analyze the new policies and actions healthcare facilities like hospitals and clinics have applied to both welcome and protect immigrant patients from immigration enforcement in the healthcare setting.

Moving Evidence into Action to Address Structural Determinants of Youth Development

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."

Upcoming Evidence Briefing “Achieving Whole Person Care through Workforce Innovation”

In light of the California Future Health Workforce Commission's recent report release, Cal-IHEA is excited to sponsor a briefing titled “Achieving Whole Person Care through Workforce Innovation” on Tuesday, November 12th from 11:30am-1:30pm at UC Center Sacramento.

Launching the California Initiative for Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA) | September 2019

On August 1, 2019 , Cal-IHEA was launched to more effectively support the translation of research evidence generated by University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) faculty into state health policy to improve health equity.