CA Access News - Outreach and Education for a Healthier California

The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) is pleased to provide the February issue of CA Access News, a monthly e-news publication for CPAT partners, members and supporters, which highlights current health care issues at the state and national level. We welcome your comments, suggestions and contributions.

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February 2014

National Health CouncilThe National Health Council (NHC) has launched "Putting Patients First," an interactive online suite of resources to help people make informed decisions about purchasing health insurance within Covered California. This website includes new tools to help patients analyze their choices in the new health insurance marketplace, including a personalized cost calculator.

In the News

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Diabetes Innovation and Adherence Infographic
Advocate Advantage

Covering all of California's Communities

by Carolynn Martin, President NCNW Los Angeles View Park Section

The National Council of Negro Women is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African-American women, their families and communities.

With Covered California's open enrollment period drawing to a close at the end of March, health care coverage is becoming a reality for more and more uninsured Californians. While there's no official data for enrollment rates by race, experts believe that enrollment is lagging in minority communities.




CPAT hosts quarterly educational seminars throughout the state for its partners and serves as a resource for diverse communities. CPAT's first seminar of 2014 will be on the California Health Benefit Exchange. Follow the links below for additional information.

Putting Patients First: Getting Patients to the Right Health Plan

Marc Boutin
Executive Vice President and COO,
National Health Council

Northern California - Sacramento
Thursday, March 13
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Sacramento Convention Center
Room 202
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Southern California - Los Angeles
Friday, March 14
Noon - 2 p.m.

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Board Room
350 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

For more information and to RSVP, email

If you are interested in co-hosting a seminar, please send an email to


Slow Food San Francisco

The Annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area (COBA) Conference

Saturday, February 22, 2014
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
San Francisco, CA

Click here for more information.


The Senate Health Committee held an oversight hearing about obesity in California on February 12. The hearing came in part as a result of a CPAT seminar held last November in Fairfield where obesity expert Dr. Ken Fujioka gave an informative presentation outlining the obesity epidemic from onset to treatment. Dr. Fujioka presented at the hearing alongside four other obesity experts about prevention, implications for hospitals, and clinical approaches to address the epidemic. More information about obesity can be found in the speaker presentations here.

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Yadira Beas at to help promote your upcoming event.

Join the Network

Mission: To improve the health status of people of African American descent in California and eliminate health disparities through legislative, administrative and media advocacy.


  • To provide a structure for coordinated efforts to improve the health status of African Americans in California.
  • To establish partnerships with and mobilize support for the work of community and other statewide African American health organizations.
  • To increase African American participation in policy making at all levels within the health industry and the public sector.
  • To advocate for policy changes that increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in education and health care delivery.
  • To support research and educational efforts that document the underlying factors that determine the health status of African Americans and inform policy initiatives to reduce disparities.
  • To build strong and mutually supportive relationships with other ethnic advocacy organizations, community groups, public agencies, civic and community leaders and public officials committed to improving the health of all Californians.




Join the Network

Joining CPAT is free of charge. The benefits of becoming a CPAT partner include receiving a monthly e-newsletter, CA Access News, and you will be invited to participate in quarterly seminars and have the opportunity to promote health events on the CPAT website. For more information, please visit and to become a partner, simply complete the application online.

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Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT?
Please send your referrals to:
Northern California - Yadira Beas
Southern California - Lauren Lewow

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