September 2007

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


Feature Articles

Four Million Americans Find Help Through Partnership for Prescription Assistance

More Than 230,000 Helped in California

In just over two years, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) has connected four million individuals nationwide who are uninsured or lack adequate health care coverage to programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. In California, more than 230,000 patients have been helped. The PPA -- sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies -- is the largest private-sector patient assistance effort helping low-income, uninsured and underinsured people obtain their medicines through more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. More than 2,500 brand-name and generic prescription medicines are available through the participating programs. Read more about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance...


Rx Help for Californians, A Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Rx Help for Californians, A Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps uninsured and underinsured people learn if they are eligible for free or nearly free prescription medicines. Rx Help for Californians is the state chapter of the national Partnership for Prescription Assistance, which has matched more than 4 million people nationwide with public and private patient assistance programs. Learn more about this valuable, FREE service and how easy it is to use. Click here for more information.

Medicare Rx Access Network of California
The Medicare Rx Access Network of California is a network of locally based health care, social service and professional organizations that have come together to educate beneficiaries and their caregivers about the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. Find out more about Low Income Subsidy enrollment and Medicare's emphasis on preventive services. For more Medicare information contact: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or click here for more information.

For more information on health care resources, visit the CA Access Web site.

Member Spotlight

Latino Diabetes Association

To develop and disseminate culturally relevant information about diabetes, nutrition, exercise and obesity prevention in the Latino, African-American and other high-risk communities.

The Latino Diabetes Association (LDA) is devoted to helping those diagnosed with diabetes as well as those at risk for developing the disease. As the only diabetes organization that focuses on Latinos within the inner cities and housing projects, the LDA advocates for increased educational and medical resources for high-risk communities. In addition to disseminating information, the LDA establishes relationships in the communities they serve by collaborating with school districts, forming local peer support groups and providing care services to those in need.

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Save the Date!

The California Partnership for Access to Treatment
invites you to a complimentary luncheon seminar on

Health Care Disparities in California

Thursday, September 27
Noon – 2 p.m.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
2791 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Complimentary Parking Available

R.S.V.P. to: Andrea at (323) 466-3445 x 240
or e-mail:

Friday, September 28
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

California Endowment
101 Second St., 24th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

R.S.V.P. to Kristen at (916) 658-0144 x 196
or e-mail:

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

Eliminating Health Disparities
Progressive States Network, August 20, 2007

In 2000, the World Health Organization ranked the U.S. health care system 37th in the world despite spending more than any other country. This year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. is 42nd in life expectancy. If you are a person of color, a low-wage worker, non-English speaking, or live in a low-income community, the picture is much worse. Click here for the rest of the story.

Health Care Disparities Start at the Local Pharmacy
Science Daily, August 16, 2007

Despite years of effort in reaching out to their local communities, the role pharmacists play as health care providers still remains unclear to the people who need them the most -- elderly Americans with multiple medications for chronic diseases. Click here to read the rest of the story.

UC Davis granted $3.9M for Asian American mental health studies
Sacramento Business Journal, August 14, 2007

The University of California Davis has received a five-year, $3.9 million federal grant that will establish the Asian American Center on Disparities Research on the UC Davis campus to support and coordinate the efforts of researchers studying Asian American mental health. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Healthy San Francisco Program More Successful Than Anticipated
Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, August 16, 2007

San Francisco's new universal health care program has enrolled more than 1,000 people since the program started on July 2 at two public health centers in Chinatown. Enrollment in the program has been higher than anticipated. Click here to read the rest of the story.


Interesting Information

Health Care Disparities in California:

  • Percent of adults who feel that they would receive better health care if they were of a different race; ¹
    • 15 percent of African Americans
    • 13 percent of Latinos
    • 11 percent of Asian Americans
    • 1 percent of Whites
  • 82 percent of white children compared to as low as 72 percent of minority children, receive recommended childhood immunizations. Similar disparities exist between socioeconomic groups. ²
  • Many racial and ethnic minorities and persons of lower socioeconomic positions are less likely to receive screening and treatment for cardiac risk factors. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.
  • Only 17 percent of Asian Americans and 37 percent of African Americans with serious mental illness received treatment or counseling in 2003 compared to 50 percent of whites with similar conditions. ³

1. Health Care Disparities: Facts and Issues. 2004. Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., Available at
2. National Health Care Disparities Report: Summary. February 2004. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Available at
3. National Health Care Disparities Report, 2005: Appendix D, Data Tables. January 2006. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Available at


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