CA Access News

December 2008

In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


As we look ahead into 2009, the CPAT team extends our best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy New Year. We would also like to express our appreciation to the many partner organizations and people that continue to work with us and contribute to our success over the past few years.

CPAT achieved many milestones and accomplishments for 2008. We have welcomed more than 300 new partners to the CPAT family, bringing our total network to more than 700 organizations and individuals who share a common goal of providing access to health care in California. We held close to 30 educational events on a variety of health related topics that were attended by more than 1,000 individuals. Together we learned about topics such as outreach and advocacy, counterfeit medicines, trends in senior health care, diseases that affect ethnic populations, and how to control health costs.

In 2008, CPAT held our first Webinar. The inaugural Webinar, viewed by more than 90 participants, focused on maximizing technology for non-profits. Following the success of the first Webinar, CPAT's second Webinar reached more than 70 participants and focused on what's new for Medicare Part D in 2009. As we continue to conduct these educational seminars, we hope to reach our partners and other organizations through new, innovative mediums.

We would like to thank you for your partnership and continued support of the CPAT network. It is because of wonderful partners like you that we continue to make significant impacts in communities throughout California. We look forward to working with you in 2009.


Partner Spotlight

CPAT wishes to spotlight all 740 of our Partners!

We are only as successful as our members and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work. Your continuous efforts with co-hosting and attending events, writing guest columns, reading our Web site and e-newsletter, and spreading the word about CPAT is greatly appreciated. We are proud to be associated with all of you and look forward to strengthening our partnership in 2009.



IBI/NBCH Health & Productivity Forum

February 9-11, 2009 - Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles

If there is only one health and productivity conference for you in 2009, you can't miss this one. IBI & NBCH -- two nationally-recognized non-profit organizations -- focus on workforce health interventions and offer lost time/lost productivity results from those initiatives. The agenda provides public and private employers of all sizes merit-based sessions offering results from successful health and productivity interventions, research insights, measurement tips and tools, case studies and networking opportunities.

Register online or contact Carly McKeon at (202) 775-9300 x 25.
Call the hotel (310-228-1234) and mention IBI/NBCH to receive the $239/night preferred room rate. Hotel room cut-off is Monday, January 12th, 2009, and early-bird Forum registration rates end January 16.


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In the News

Holiday eating and exercising
Contra Costa Times, November 17, 2008
When it comes to healthful eating, holidays seem to have a monopoly on post-celebratory condemnation. What we all need is a "get-out-of-jail-free card" for all of the guilt we pile on ourselves! It is possible to reconnect with the fun of food and holiday fetes without feeling as if we should beach ourselves at the shores of the closest reservoir.

Your diet can survive the holidays
Modesto Bee, November 10, 2008
With the holidays right around the corner, we're anticipating pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and lots of gravy. Christmas cookies and fudge and fancy cocktails and big gift tins of popcorn in three flavors. New Year's champagne toasts and midnight suppers. But not, on Jan. 1, the scales. In the interest of limiting the January pain, here's a quick refresher course on limiting the damage.

Guide to stress-free holiday travel
MSNBC, November 19, 2008
With the economy in a tizzy, everyone is cutting back on just about everything, including travel. But don't let that lull you into thinking everyone but you will be staying home this holiday season.

Keep Yourself Sane For Holiday Drive
KQCA-TV (MyTV-58, Sacramento), November 17, 2008
It's that time of year again, and the long drive to see family and friends is just another part of the annual ritual. Unfortunately, the holiday cheer doesn't always extend beyond the rear-view mirror. So before you gear up to get a move on, consider these holiday tips to help ease the in-car cabin fever.

Are the holidays giving you wrinkles?
KABC-TV (ABC-7, Los Angeles), November 20, 2008
Are the holidays giving you wrinkles? If pricey cosmetic procedures are out of your budget, here are some tips to help smooth out your stress.


Interesting Information

Holiday Health and Safety Tips

The holiday season is the time of year for family gatherings and celebrating with loved ones. Throughout the season, the best gift you can give is the gift of health. The following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can help you stay healthy and safe this season.

  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay warm
  • Manage stress
  • Travel safely
  • Be smoke-free
  • Get check-ups and vaccinations
  • Prevent injuries
  • Handle and prepare food safely
  • Eat healthy and be active

For more information, please visit Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


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