CA Access News

November 2012


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


Meet one of the most popular doctors on TV -- Dr. Travis Stork -- and enjoy a complimentary lunch while learning how to be your best you. More in the calendar section below.



'Last distraction' removed as California moves ahead on health reform

By Emily Bazar and Lauren M. Whaley
Pasadena Star-News, November 8, 2012

First, there was uncertainty over a U.S. Supreme Court challenge. Then came the race for the presidency.

Now, California lawmakers say the uncertainty is over and nothing can stop them from bringing health coverage to millions of uninsured Californians under President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

"This removes the last distraction and question from anyone's mind that we won't be launching a dramatic expansion in coverage in California," said Peter Lee, executive director of California's health insurance exchange, a key piece of the expansion.

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After National and State Elections, California Health Care Stakeholders Look to the Future

By Rachel Dornhelm
California Healthline, November 14, 2012

In a California Healthline Special Report by Rachel Dornhelm, experts discussed how the re-election of President Obama and the passage of California's Proposition 30 will affect the state's health care system.

Many officials and advocates said that 2013 will be a crucial year for health care policy as the nation moves toward full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • Alex Briscoe, director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency;
  • Vanessa Cajina, a legislative advocate at the Western Center on Law and Poverty;
  • State Controller John Chiang (D);
  • Joe Lee, Community HealthCorps program coordinator at LifeLong Medical Care; and
  • William Walker, director and health officer for Contra Costa Health Services (Dornhelm, California Healthline, 10/10).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.

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Partner Spotlight

High Desert Resource Network Nonprofit Award Winners

At its sixth annual Leadership Circle Celebration, High Desert Resource Network (HDRN) honored the amazing people that serve our community. Presented each year to individuals that are nominated by HDRN members for exemplary service to their organizations.

At the same event, High Desert Resource Network announced its expansion of services and territory and name change to Academy for Grassroots Organizations. Information may be found at

Pictured are Matthew Briggs, Youth Volunteer, Apple Valley Christian Care Center, Dana Hernandez, Adult Volunteer, Rose of Sharon Life Center, Matthew Coughlin, Nonprofit Employee, Moses House Ministries, Linda Triska representing Feed My Sheep in the High Desert, Nonprofit of the Year, and C.J. Page, Executive Director of the Year, Community Health Action Network. Photo by Trina Siverts.



Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Presents Chronic Disease: A Common Sense Approach to Solving Complex Health Issues

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. PST
Hotel Sainte Claire
302 South Market Street
San Jose, CA

Register Here!

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and rising health care costs: chronic disease. The forum on November 27 will include discussion of the Chronic Disease Challenge in California and the Nation, The Feedback Loop: Improving Human Behavior, a moderated discussion reacting to the presentations from the perspective of public programs/employers and a motivational health talk, Your Best Life.


Dr. Travis Stork, Healthy Lifestyle Author; Emergency Room Physician and Host, "The Doctors"
Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired Magazine
Dr. Kent Bradley, Chief Medical Officer, Safeway
Steve Skurnac, President, Sims Recycling Solutions
Dr. Julie Andersen, Professor and Researcher, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Dr. John Farquhar, MD, Professor of Medicine and Health Research and Policy, Founder and Senior Faculty Member, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Sandra Perez, Director, California Office of the Patient Advocate
Micah Weinberg, Senior Policy Advisor, Bay Area Council


Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Robert W. Woodruff Professor Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University


Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs

To register, please visit Please visit for more information on the PFCD and this event. If you have questions, please contact Jason Dumont at (916) 658-0144 or

2nd Annual PALS Health Care Summit

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PST
at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits

The summit will provide a broad view of Health Care Reform from national, state, and local experts. Participants will have a clear understanding of how Santa Clara County will provide access to prevention and health services. We will have a morning filled with expert speakers and an afternoon of various breakout sessions pertaining to various aspects of Health Care Reform.

Please register at or contact Andrea at or (408) 260-3915 if you have any questions. Seating is limited, so please no more than two individuals per agency. This is an R-PALS event in conjunction with SVCN. R-PALS are events sponsored all around the country. The goal is to bring together trained advocates to build a national network whose mission is to improve the health of America.

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Were you unable to attend a CPAT event? All program materials are housed on our website.

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Jason Dumont at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners


Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

Clinton says his foundation to tackle health gaps

By Sharon Begley
Reuters, November 13, 2012

The effort to reduce health disparities will start in California's Coachella Valley - where health disparities between wealthy communities like Palm Springs and neighboring rural towns are among the highest in the country - and Little Rock, Arkansas, in Clinton's home state.

Verizon is rolling out a number of technologies to help cut the health gap between often-poor rural areas and more affluent suburbs and cities.

Among them, said Dr. Peter Tippett, chief medical officer of Verizon's health information technology practice, are networks that will allow rural doctors to send X-ray images and EKG readings to hospitals for analysis, wireless networks so patients can take their own blood pressure and other readings and have them sent to their doctor, and technology that automatically alerts a physician when a patient with a chronic disease takes a turn for the worse.

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California has highest poverty rate in the U.S., new Census Bureau report reveals

KPCC/Associated Press, November 15, 2012

The US Census Bureau is testing a new way to measure poverty, and the new measurement indicates that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.

Under the new measure, California's poverty rate increases from 16.3 percent to 23.5 percent of the population. Not only is that the highest in the nation, but it represents the largest jump from the official rate.

The increase is driven in part by California's high cost of living. The numbers released by the Census Bureau are part of the newly developed measure, which was devised a year ago. It provides a fuller picture of poverty that the government believes can be used to assess safety-net programs by factoring in living expenses and taxpayer-provided benefits that the official formula leaves out. It looks at broader data, including housing costs, child care and medical expenses. It also adjusts for income earned from federal assistance, such as school lunch subsidies and the earned income tax credit.

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Santa Monica applies for funds to measure residents' well-being

By Matt Stevens
Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2012

Santa Monica city officials and researchers at Rand Corp. have proposed tracking such measures as residents' physical health, social connectedness and community resilience. They say the resulting index could be a first step toward changing the way city governments serve their residents.

"It's not just some squishy idea," said Julie Rusk, a city staffer leading the project.

The organizers of Bloomberg Philanthropies' first-ever Mayors Challenge agreed. Last week the panel included Santa Monica among 20 finalists distilled from a field of more than 300 entries. Next spring Bloomberg will name one winner and four runners-up. A $5-million first prize and four $1-million runner-up prizes are at stake.

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Interesting Information

Students Rate Mental Health Services

By Allie Grasgreen
Inside Higher Ed, October 30, 2012

More than 62 percent of students who withdrew from college with mental health problems did so for that reason, a new national survey shows.

The survey, released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), aims to gauge, based on student perceptions, whether colleges are meeting students' mental health needs and how they can better support those students' academic experience. The results are mixed.

From August to November 2011, the NAMI surveyed 765 people diagnosed with a mental health condition who are currently enrolled in college (68 percent were) or were enrolled within the past five years. The vast majority -- 71 percent -- attended public or private four-year colleges, while 19 percent attended community colleges (the others were online, trade or technical and specialty colleges). Eighty-two percent of respondents were white and the same percentage were female (women are much more likely than men to seek counseling on campus), and more than 60 percent were between the ages of 18 and 27 (with 37 percent in the traditional college ages of 18-22).

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