August 2007

In this Issue: Healthcare Feature | Healthcare Reform Update | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information


Feature Articles

Community Health Centers - Promoting Equity in Health Care

A new report by the Commonwealth Fund states that achieving equity in health care involves both the availability of affordable, comprehensive insurance coverage and the presence of a committed, regular source of care. For more than forty years, the nationwide network of Community Health Centers has provided high-quality, affordable primary care and preventive services to medically un-served and under-served communities.

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Feature Articles

As part of CPAT’s ongoing commitment to keep our partners abreast of California’s health care reform debate, we will be providing “Year of Health Care” updates with information about the latest proposals from state leadership.

On July 11, the state Senate Health Committee voted 7-4 to approve Assembly Bill 8 (Núñez/Perata), a piece of legislation intended to extend health insurance to more than 3 million Californians who are not currently covered. The bill divides new funding responsibility between employers, individuals, reinvested state dollars and new federal funds. The bill will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

To view additional information on the latest health care reform proposals, please visit the CPAT Web site:

San Jose Mercury News
July 12, 2007

Member Spotlight

The Children’s Clinic

The Children's Clinic, Serving Children and Their Families' mission is "to partner with parents and the community to provide quality health care services and health education and promotion to needy children and families."

The Children’s Clinic has been serving the Long Beach and South Bay communities for over 67 years. Ever expanding, the Clinic serves uninsured and underinsured adults and children, accepting anyone regardless of their ability to pay. Among the services offered by the Clinic are primary and preventative care, immunizations, psychological and counseling services, teen and child health services and lab and pharmaceutical services. In 2004-2005, the Children’s Clinic conducted over 47,000 visits including over 1,000 eye clinic visits, filled 23,000 medications and prescriptions and administered 11,000 immunizations.

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Save the Date!

Be sure to check out the CPAT Calendar of Events to find out about upcoming partner conferences, seminars, fundraisers, and other activities in your area. If you would like your event listed, please contact Janet at


Welcome New Members!

In the News

Health Care Improves For Minority Patients When They Have Insurance and a 'Medical Home'
Medical News Today
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Providing minority patients a 'medical home' in which they have a regular doctor or health professional who oversees and coordinates their care would help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and promote more health care equity, says a new report from The Commonwealth Fund. The report, based on a 2006 survey of more than 2,830 adults, shows that linking minority patients with a health care setting that offers timely, well-organized care where they can routinely seek physicians and medical advice can help them better manage chronic conditions and obtain critical preventive care services. Click here for more on how health centers are providing care to uninsured minority groups.

Community Health Clinics Flourish, but Doctors Are Few
Government Needs to Entice Physicians, Health Officials Say

Washington Post
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Bush administration has increased spending on community health centers by hundreds of millions of dollars since 2001, helping to open or expand more than 500 of the facilities and extending basic medical services to 4.5 million people. But the promise of better health care for millions of Americans in underserved communities is being undermined by a chronic shortage of doctors -- one that some officials of the health centers say the administration has done too little to address. Click here to see more information about the crisis facing our nation’s health clinics.

State Legislators Endorse Patient-Centered Medical Home
American Academy of Family Physicians
Monday, July 2, 2007

State lawmakers embraced the patient-centered medical home as an effective means of reducing costs and improving health care quality during a June 20-22 round-table meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures', or NCSL's, Health Chairs Project. The patient-centered medical home is "organized around the needs and wishes of the patient," said Steven Crawford, M.D., of Oklahoma City, during a recent meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures… During the event, legislators and guest speakers focused on a variety of topics addressing health system transformation, including state and federal health care reform, Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and the expansion of health care access through public and private partnerships. Click here for the full article.


Interesting Information
  • Health Centers serve more than 15 million people in the US each year.
  • Uninsured health center patients are twice as likely to get the care they need than other uninsured.
  • Health centers handled nearly 60 million visits (encounters) in 2005.
  • Health centers reduce health disparities like access to dental, gynecological, prenatal, psychological and pharmacy services.
  • In 2006, Californians spent $1,829,345,794 on avoidable emergency room visits.
  • Health centers receive, on average, 26% of their funding from federal grants, 36% from Medicaid and 13% from non-federal grants and contracts.
  • Demographics of Health Center patients:
    • 92% of patients are low income
    • 71% live at or below the poverty line
    • 40% are uninsured
    • 36% depend on Medicaid
    • 66% are racial and ethnic minorities
    • 50% reside in rural areas


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