CA Access News

December 2009

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


2009 - A Year in Review

As we look ahead to 2010, the CPAT team extends our best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year. We would also like to express our appreciation to the many partner organizations and people that continue to work with us and contributed to our success over the past few years.

CPAT achieved many milestones and accomplishments in 2009. We welcomed our 1,000th partner to the CPAT memebership. We held more than 25 educational events and roundtable discussions on a variety of health-related topics that were attended by more than 1,000 individuals. Together, we learned about outreach and advocacy, biotechnology and follow-on biologics, clinical trials, obesity, mental health, health care reform and making the most of your medicines, to name just a few.

We would like to thank you for your partnership and continued support of the CPAT network. It is because of partners like you that we continue to make significant impacts in communities throughout California. We look forward to working with you in 2010!

Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment
is from Nov. 15 - Dec. 31

Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant). Medicare has the following parts:

  • Part A (Hospital Insurance)
  • Part B (Medical Insurance)
  • Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans, like an HMO or PPO)
  • Part D (Prescription drug coverage)

Each year plans change what they cost and what they cover. The general open enrollment period for these programs started on November 15, 2009. Until December 31, 2009, people with Medicare can add, drop or change their prescription drug coverage. They can also select a health plan for their 2010 coverage.

For more information about Medicare Part D or for helpful Medicare tools, information and resources, please visit

Partner Spotlight

Wise and Healthy AgingWISE & Health Aging

WISE & Healthy Aging enhances the independence, dignity and quality of life of older adults through leadership, advocacy and innovative services.

With more than 40 years of serving seniors and their families, this nonprofit, social services organization had been recognized for its wide range of innovative support services designed to meet the needs of a diverse clientele within the greater Los Angeles area. WISE & Healthy Aging provides programs, services, information and support for seniors, caregivers, and professionals in the aging field.

Web site


CPAT Seminars:

Roundtable Forum on Mental Health
Thursday, December 17, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 pm
Wilshire Presbyterian Church
300 S. Western Ave. (Corner of 3rd St. and Western Ave.)
Los Angeles, CA 90020

For more information, please contact Lorena Sanchez at (323) 349-0661, ext. 15 or




Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Welcome New Partners

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In the News

CPAT Partners in the News

Meet Each Need with Dignity
More Americans Go Hungry
CNN, November 18, 2009
More Americans than ever say having enough food is a concern.

Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
Local Barbershop Helps Men Stay Health
KABC-TV CBS 7, Los Angeles, November 7, 2009
Local barbershops are helping African American men stay healthy.

Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
Health Screenings Given At Local Barbershops
KCBS-TV CBS 2, Los Angeles, November 7, 2009
The host of the TV Show "The Doctors" took part in the event that happened at 100 shops.

Would you like to share your news story? Contact Charlotte Phillips at and your organization's news story can be featured in our next edition of CA Access News.

Interesting Information

Health and Safety Tips for the Holidays

As we approach the holiday season, listed below are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to keep you happy and healthy into the New Year.

1. Wash hands often to keep yourself from spreading germs and getting sick.

2. Bundle up and stay dry to keep warm.

3. Manage stress. Keep a check on over-commitment and over-spending.

4. Don't drink and drive. Don't let anyone else drink and drive.

5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and breathing other people's smoke.

6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to the child's height, weight, and age.

7. Get health exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams and tests you need and when to get them.

8. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives.

9. Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of kids' reach. Make sure toys are used properly.

10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months. Never leave fireplaces, stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan.

11. Prepare food safely. Remember four simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate promptly.

12. Eat healthy, and get moving. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat and sugar. Be active for at least 2 1/2 hours a week. Help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

For more information, please visit the CDC Web site.



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