About Health Equity
Disparate health outcomes for Californians are often the result of historic and systemic inequalities that persist today. Unequal access to health care and health resources, as well as unequal and damaging environmental conditions due to race, socioeconomic status, and other factors is untenable in a just and healthy society. That’s why California’s hospitals are committed to ensuring every Californian receives equitable, high-quality care through programs that address the social determinants of health — things like housing instability, access to healthy foods, and community violence. But hospitals alone cannot eliminate health disparities. It will take systemic reform, paired with broad partnerships across all segments of California’s communities, to improve the status quo.
Setting the table for hungry Californians
Over the course of a year, nearly 8 million Californians don’t have enough to eat. Food insecurity is now a major concern throughout the state. But in several cities, hospitals are stepping up, taking a stand against hunger, and helping to feed their communities.
CHA Submits Comments to Inform Future Public Charge Policies
CHA has submitted a comment letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to inform a future regulatory proposal on the public charge ground of inadmissibility. In the letter, CHA urges DHS to ensure future policies are clear, consistent, and do not cause undue fear among immigrant families accessing the public services available to them. […]
CMS Innovation Center Outlines Strategy for Next 10 Years
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation issued a white paper outlining its strategic direction for the next 10 years. According to the Center, the goal of the new strategy is to achieve equitable outcomes through high-quality, affordable, person-centered care, carried out through five strategic objectives: Drive accountable care Advance health equity Support innovation Address affordability Partner to achieve system transformation Additional information is available in an FAQ document and on the Innovation Center […]
Q&A with Dr. Carrie Byington of UC Health
OHC sat down with Dr. Carrie L. Byington, executive vice president of University of California Health (UCH), to find out what drew her to California, how preventable differences affect health outcomes, and what the university’s data, expertise, and innovations mean for the Golden State.
Cherished Futures: what lies ahead, part 3
Since 2019, Cherished Futures for Black Moms and Babies has focused on the audacious goal of eliminating maternal and infant health inequities in Los Angeles County. Now these bold plans are gaining momentum.
CHA Responds to Congressional Request for Information on Creating a Public Option
In May, the chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions formally requested information on how Congress should develop a public health insurance option. CHA submitted comments in response to the request for information.
UC Davis Health goes beyond hospital walls to vaccinate community
Without the help of university students, thousands of Sacramento’s most vulnerable residents might not have gotten COVID-19 vaccines. The University of California, Davis School of Medicine provided the workforce while UC Davis Health provided support.
CMS to Host Webinar on Structural Racism in Health Care
On April 27 and 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health will host a two-day virtual forum highlighting its renewed focus on health equity, addressing structural racism in health care, and establishing federal agencies’ roles as equity partners.
Webinars to Focus on Birth Trauma and Racial Bias in Maternity Care
As part of its Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) will host a free webinar from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) on April 15 on childbirth-related post traumatic stress disorder.
CDPH Releases Let’s Get to Immunity Campaign Toolkit
The California Department of Public Health has launched a Let’s Get to Immunity campaign. The campaign features a toolkit designed to help communicate about ongoing COVID-19 vaccine efforts in California with ready-to-use digital resources that can be shared in the community and on social media.