December 2007

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


Feature Article

CPAT Looks Back - A Successful Second Year

Looking back at 2007, it has been a time of milestones and accomplishments for CPAT. We have welcomed more than 200 new partners to our network, bringing our total to almost 400 organizations and individuals who share a common interest in access to health care in California. We brought our educational programs to new locations such as San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana and Riverside. We also collaborated with our partners to co-host luncheon seminars and to compose features for the CA Access News monthly newsletter. In short, CPAT has not only grown in size, but in our abilities to provide benefits to our partners.

CPAT continues to be a valuable resource of education and information on pressing health care issues. Increasingly, CPAT has also become a way to network with other groups to achieve common goals.

Through CA Access News, CPAT’s online newsletter, we bring our partners the latest information on health care topics such as diabetes, breast cancer, mental health and aging. Our Web site,, is now home to an even larger variety of health care resources, which are constantly updated with materials from our educational seminars, current health-related news, new partners listings and a calendar of upcoming events.

As 2007 comes to an end, we would like to thank you all for your involvement in CPAT. Your participation, partnership and contributions are the driving force behind our partner-driven organization. You are the reason that CPAT’s network is a success and we look forward to working with you to achieve new heights in 2008.

Happy holidays,
The CPAT Team

Renee Paper
In memoriam - Health Community Loses a Valuable Advocate

CPAT would like to recognize the recent loss of Renee Paper, R.N., CCRN, a valuable member of the health community. Renee, a founding member of Citizens for the Right to Know and the Executive Director of the Hemophilia Foundation of Nevada, passed away on November 7, 2007. A longtime advocate for patient rights and affordable health care, Renee received the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts to increase awareness and understanding about blood disorders. Her work has helped improve the lives and care of people living with blood disorders and their families nationwide. Please join us in honoring her years of dedication.


Member Spotlight

Cancer FederationCancer Federation, Inc.

The Cancer Federation, Inc. is one of the nation's foremost nonprofit foundations in the field of cancer immunology. The federation provides information, donations, education and support groups for cancer patients, their families and friends. Their goal is to promote hope, not fear.

The Cancer Federation is primarily a resource for those who are living with cancer and their families.  By providing information about treatments, support resources and other information, the Cancer Federation hopes to alleviate some of the uncertainty and fear that so often accompanies cancer diagnosis.  A majority of Cancer Federation services are free to those who need them.  The Cancer Federation provides support groups, classes, literature, public meetings and conferences designed to help people deal with the emotional trauma and pain that cancer brings. Through their network of support services, the Cancer Federation has helped thousands deal with their illness and lead productive lives.

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You're Invited to Join Us for a Holiday Event

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Bali Hai Restaurant
2230 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106

RSVP: Andrea Svoboda at (323) 466-3445 or

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

CPAT Partner in the News!

Please tune into ABC’s Good Morning America program at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18 to see CPAT partner Martina Fuchs, CEO of the Real Medicine Foundation, interviewed as part of a segment on giving back to the global community. Fuchs will discuss why she created the Real Medicine Foundation and how the organization is dedicated to caring for the people in living in disaster, post-war, and poverty stricken areas. Visit Real Medicine Foundation’s Web site at and watch Good Morning America to learn more about this innovative CPAT Partner.


Interesting Information

The holiday season can be filled with joy and excitement, but it can also add stress to an already hectic life. Extra demands on time, finances and patience can heighten our stress levels. Also, some individuals experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression associated with the low light conditions experienced during long, dark winter months. To help prevent holiday stresses before they begin, medical professionals recommend that people:

  • Eat healthy foods whenever possible
  • Keep up with their normal level of exercise
  • Rest
  • Spend some time outdoors
  • Look to the future, not the past
  • Do not expect to achieve overnight physical transformation
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol
  • Make sure that you have your prescriptions filled – some pharmacies have limited hours and supplies during the holidays

ABC News: Holiday Stress Brings Anxiety and Abuse

Top 10 Tips for Holidays with Less Head Pain


CA Access News welcomes contributions from our partners. Please contact us if you have suggestions for future events and stories by calling CPAT at (916) 658-0144, Attn: Janet or e-mail Janet at


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