Proceedings

Advancing Digital Health Equity in California

On March 9th, 2021, the California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) convened a panel of experts to discuss key policies to move the needle on digital health interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal was to identify ways in which policies concerning telehealth parity and other non-traditional forms of digital health interventions (ie. text-based interventions) can support Californian families that are struggling during the pandemic, and most importantly, how they can continue to access these technologies post-pandemic.

The webinar was co-sponsored by Health Tech 4 Medicaid and the Office of Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, with financial support provided by The Blue Shield of California Foundation. Panelists include Dr. Adrian Aguilera (UC Berkeley), Dr. Mary Reed (Kaiser Permanente), and Dr. Katherine Kim (UC Davis). The panel was moderated by the Executive Director of HealthTech for Medicaid, Adimika Arthur, with opening remarks from Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry. Watch the webinar recording here.

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Increasing Economic Support for Low-Income Californian Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

On December 10th, 2020 the California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) convened a panel of experts to discuss key policies to move the needle on economic and labor supports for Californian families during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our goal was to identify ways in which policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit and paid family leave can support Californian families that are struggling during the Pandemic. The webinar was co-sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action Research Hub at The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), The Office of Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, and Blue Shield of California Foundation.

 

This briefing proceeding provides key takeaways from our speakers: Dr. Michael Reich (UC Berkeley), Dr. Rita Hamad (UCSF), Jenna Gerry (Legal Aid At Work), and Bridget Shea (Paid Leave U.S.). Their presentations focusing on paid leave, the impact of labor market policies on mental health, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks provided opening remarks, and the panel was moderated by Professor Will Dow from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

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Expanding California’s Behavioral Health Workforce in Response to COVID-19

On November 19, 2020, the California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) convened an expert panel of behavioral health care leaders to discuss and highlight opportunities and policy solutions to support and expand the state's behavioral health workforce in response to COVID-19. Our goal was to identify behavioral health workforce needs, demands, and promising policy/practice solutions. This webinar was sponsored by the Blue Shield of California Foundation and co-hosted by the Office of California State Senator, Jim Beall (15th Senate District). View the full webinar here.

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Disrupting Upstream Determinants of Family & Community Violence in the Era of COVID-19

On September 16, 2020, the California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) convened an expert panel to discuss policies and practices that can disrupt upstream determinants of family and community violence. Our goal was to identify strategies to overcome barriers to re-framing domestic and intimate partner violence in terms of its structural determinants. This webinar was sponsored by The Blue Shield of California Foundation and co-sponsored by the Office of California State Senator, Melissa Hurtado (14th Senate District). 


COVID-19 has highlighted the need for economic support, affordable housing, and other equity-focused investments in low-income and minoritized communities throughout California. For 
Cal-IHEA, this includes the need to re-frame domestic and intimate partner violence in terms of its social and structural determinants. This briefing highlighted how primary prevention investments can protect and support families and neighborhoods impacted by violence, especially communities of color. View the full webinar here.

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Tackling the Digital Divide by Improving Internet and Telehealth Access for Low-Income Californians

On July 28th 2020, the California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) convened an expert panel to discuss research, policy, and practice aimed at exploring and closing the digital divide between low-income individuals and the rest of the California population. While telehealth has been around for decades, COVID-19 has made it imperative that patients are able to access high-quality remote care to ensure their health and safety. This has increased the urgency to ensure that low-income patients are not left behind as we shift to care that relies even more heavily on the ability to afford high-speed internet services as well as smartphones, tablets, and computers. The briefing highlighted efforts that are already underway to improve and ensure access to internet and digital devices in California and beyond. 

View the Webinar HERE.

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Addressing the Latino Physician Shortage

The California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) and The Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) jointly convened an expert panel on May 28, 2020 to showcase research focused on addressing the Latino physician shortage in California and supporting Latino physicians in practice. California has a growing shortage of primary care physicians, which presents significant access barriers for monolingual Spanish-speaking Latinos. There is an urgent need to improve the representation of Latinos in medicine and to ensure that Latino physicians are professionally supported. The briefing highlighted how workforce policies aimed at increasing the Latino physician pipeline can advance health equity for Latinos across the state.

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Priority Actions for California to Reduce the Impact of Housing Instability and Homelessness on Health

Housing instability and homelessness in California have been exacerbated by COVID-19. On March 11, 2020, Cal-IHEA co-sponsored a briefing with Assemblymember David Chiu, the Chair of Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, focused on “housing as a health intervention”. The briefing highlighted gaps in addressing homelessness and highlighted existing innovative solutions that promote housing as a way to improve health outcomes of people experiencing homelessness and unstable housing.

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