Monthly Archives: June 2014

Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA): Insurance Navigators

Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA): Navigator FOA pre-application conference calls

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of funding, totaling $60 million, to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015.  The funding opportunity announcement is open to eligible individuals, as well as private and public entities, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. It is open to new and returning Navigator applicants.

  • NAVIGATOR APPLICATION CLOSES: July 10, 2014 by 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 

You can access the funding opportunity announcement  and FAQs  or  here or you can visit and search for CFDA # 93.332 

 Navigator FOA Pre-application conference call: FINAL call: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Audience URL:
Title: Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcement Pre-Application Webinar 7-1-14

Connie Sultana Childbirth Educator and Doula Training

If you have ever considered being a Childbirth Educator or want to get training to support moms during the birth of their babies as a doula, workshops are offered locally. (707) 588-8026
July 11-13, 2014
Oct 3-5, 2014
Lamaze Educator Training
October 24-26, 2014

CalSIM Update: OSHPD HWDD Newsletter June 24,2014

OSHPD HWDD Newsletter June 24,2014 Note From The Deputy Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

We have had plenty of exciting news to celebrate lately. Congratulations to all of the award recipients. State Loan Repayment Program awarded $922,527 to 45 grantees, and Song Brown Training Program presented 36 Family Practice Residency Programs with $7,796,748 in funding. Equally eventful, other programs continue to play a role in supporting and developing the states’ healthcare workforce. Shortage Designation Program has renovated the Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA ) renewal process and new application process. Our California State Innovation Model (CalSIM) Workforce Workgroup continues to meet to explore roles, functions, competencies, and reimbursement for community health workers and Promotores. Details follow in the below announcements. 

Whether it’s our work in career awareness, training and placement, financial incentives, systems redesign or research, we remain committed to supporting a diverse and culturally competent healthcare workforce and partnering with organizations like yours to advance access to quality health. 


Lupe   Lupe Alonzo-Diaz Deputy Director, Healthcare Workforce Development Division

HWDD Conducted its Third Community Health Workers (CHW) Work Group Session 

HWDD conducted its third Community Health Workers (CHW) Work Group session June 13, 2014 for the CalSIMS Community Health Worker‘s initiative. Subject: The Incorporation of Community Health Workers within California’s State Innovation Model. Discussions included the following topics: An update on the release of the federal opportunity announcement for states under the State Innovation Models initiative, presentations by the CHW Workgroup members on settings and mechanisms of employing and deploying CHWs, planning of community forums inviting CHWs to discuss their roles in the healthcare system, and a report by an advisory group member on the National Community Health Worker Conference–UNITY 2014held May 20-23, 2014, Baltimore, Maryland. Information relating to the conference can be obtained at

Web Forum—Moving Community Prevention Forward: New Funding Opportunities to Advance Community Health and Equity

Web Forum—Moving Community Prevention Forward: New Funding Opportunities to Advance Community Health and Equity

Monday June 23

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern


Six new funding opportunities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a variety of stakeholders — including public health departments, national and community based organizations, community coalitions, school districts, local housing and transportation authorities and American Indian tribes — the opportunity to continue building healthier, more equitable communities with federal support.

Please join us for a Web Forum on June 23rd from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern, co-hosted by Prevention Institute, the American Public Health Association, Convergence Partnership, PolicyLink, Public Health Institute and Trust for America’s Health, to learn about the following opportunities:

  • Partnerships to Improve Community Health: “Supports implementation of evidenced and practice-based strategies that address previously identified community gaps and needs within a defined jurisdiction to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease and related risk factors.”
  • National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention: “Supports national organizations and their chapters/affiliates in building and strengthening communities’ abilities to implement community health improvement strategies.”
  • Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH): “Seeks to strengthen existing capacity to implement locally tailored evidence and practice-based population-wide improvements in priority populations experiencing chronic disease disparities and associated risk factors and support implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of strategies.”
  • PPHF 2014: State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease and Stroke: “Supports implementation of population-wide and priority population approaches to prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease and stroke and reduce health disparities in these areas among adults.”
  • A Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country: “Offers support to prevent heart disease and prevent and manage type 2 diabetes and associated risk factors, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet in American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages through a holistic approach to population health and wellness.”
  • Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas: “Funds up to 6 Land Grant Colleges and Universities located in states with counties with an adult obesity prevalence of over 40%.”

During the Web Forum, attendees will be provided with an overview of the new funding opportunities, discussion of strategies and efforts to build a system of prevention and clinical integration, and ways to advance equity through community engagement. Participants will also learn strategies to ensure robust communications are provided to key audiences including policymakers.

Community Health Workers in a Reformed Healthcare System

Community Health Workers in a Reformed Healthcare System

It may be no coincidence that interest in community health workers (CHWs) has beengrowing alongside momentum for reforming the health delivery system. Research evidence, while limited, indicates that CHWs can facilitate improvement in important areas of healthcare reform like health care access, quality, prevention and self-care. CHWs accomplish these improvements by mobilizing communities for health advocacy and tapping into community knowledge and wisdom about health issues and priorities. CHWs can also be a vehicle for integrating public health and primary care efforts to improve population health by focusing on the social determinants of health. Yet, states seeking to integrate CHWs into healthcare system reforms face a number of challenges, including unreliable funding, fee-for-service reimbursement that separates benefits from costs, and providers unfamiliar with the potential benefits of using CHWs.

Providers are starting to realize CHWs’ potential, but progress on the other fronts is still needed if these community-based workers are to contribute to achieving reform goals, especially because we don’t have many ways to pay for CHWs. Clinicians can benefit from improved productivity if CHWs can help cut the time needed for complex patients, but current fee-for-service payment models do not support the inclusion of new members of care teams. The shift towards global or bundled payments will allow providers to incorporate CHWs into their teams more easily in the future, although it’s not clear just yet where CHWs will best fit into evolving delivery models. To address this, we need promising models for coordinating CHW workforce development, models with a demonstrated return on investment that can be used to make the case for a sustainable funding stream.

The versatility of the CHW workforce can also be a source of confusion. The wide range of roles CHWs play and settings where we find them mean that evaluating their contribution is challenging and costly.  Even defining the CHW has been a subject for disagreement, though the American Public Health Association definition and the Department of Labor occupational classification have been instrumental in recent progress towards a greater consensus on definition.

States that want to expand their CHW workforce as part of their healthcare reform efforts can use their leverage as purchasers, regulators, and conveners to support and promote the CHW role.  The potential for CHWs to be an effective workforce for tackling health disparitiesand improving the quality of care can enable states to make progress towards public health goals for population health improvement and healthcare reform goals for delivering healthcare that satisfies the Triple Aim.

There is no one right way for states to expand the use of CHWs, and four case studies from the Urban Institute illustrate different approaches.  Various states and local health departments are:

  • putting resources and effort into statewide training infrastructure;
  • partnering with training institutes (e.g. LA);
  • incorporating CHWs into apprenticeship programs or developing career pathways (e.g. San Francisco);
  • looking at changing their payment infrastructure (e.g. NM) and delivery mechanisms (e.g.OH); and
  • supporting CHWs through the formation of alliances (e.g. MIMN), advisory groups (e.g.TXMANY), and through legislation (e.g. MANM).

There may also be opportunities for greater federal-state alignment and several federal agencies have introduced measures to support states in developing CHWs. These include:

  • CMS has introduced a rule change authorized by the ACA that permits Medicaid reimbursement for preventive services delivered by non-licensed practitioners, such as CHWs on the recommendation of a licensed practitioner;
  • CDC has produced training materials for CHWs and posted summary information on state CHW laws;
  • HRSA has issued a toolkit for states evaluating opportunities for developing a CHW program, and, jointly with SAMSHA, is seeking grantees to train and certify behavioral health workers including CHWs.

What is your state doing to promote wider use of CHWs? What opportunities are there for leveraging CHWs to improve the healthcare system? Let us know in a comment below.

CPEHN Conference June 17, 2017 “Voices for Change: Shaping the Future of Health equity”


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  • Ignatius Bau, Interim Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • Robert K. Ross, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, The California Endowment

As California continues to implement the Affordable Care Act, how do we broaden the definition of health for California’s communities of color?

  • Sandra Hernandez, MD, President and CEO, California HealthCare Foundation (confirmed)
  • Peter Long, PhD, President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation (confirmed)
  • Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President, The California Endowment (confirmed)

WORKSHOPS  (Sessions 1 and 2)
All workshops are offered during both sessions. During Session 1, attend a workshop on a topic that is NEW to you. During Session 2, attend a workshop on a topic that you are ALREADY working on.

Ensuring Coverage and Quality Care for All
Hear updates and become mobilized on efforts to expand coverage and improve quality care for all our communities.

  • Moderated by Cary Sanders, Director of Policy Analysis and the Having Our Say Coalition, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • Gabrielle Lessard, JD, Health Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
  • Thu Quach, PhD, Research Director, Asian Health Services
  • Celia Valdez, Director of Outreach and Education, Maternal and Child Health Access

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
Learn how communities of color are leading efforts to reduce disparities in mental health through community-defined practices and culturally competent services.

  • Moderated by B. Darcel Harris-Lee, President/CEO, California Black Health Network
  • C. Rocco Cheng, PhD, Corporate Director of Prevention and Early Intervention Services, Pacific Clinics
  • Jim Gilmer, MA, Co-Chair, California MHSA Multicultural Coalition, and Co-Coordinator, California Reducing Disparities Project African American/People of African Descent Strategic Planning Work Group
  • Alejandra Gutierrez, Youth Program Coordinator, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin
  • Janet King, MSW, Community Relations Coordinator, Native American Health Center

Keeping the Peace: Community-Based Efforts to Reduce Violence
Hear about innovative strategies to reduce community violence and maintain safer neighborhoods.

  • Moderated by Poki Stewart Namkung, MD, MPH, Board Member, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • Linnea Ashley, MPH, National Training & Advocacy Manager, Youth ALIVE!
  • Jesse Esparza, Youth Organizer, Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
  • Adam Kruggel, Director of Organizing, PICO California
  • Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES, Urban Peace Manager, Advancement Project

Employing Economic Opportunity as a Tool for Equity
Learn about promising programs that are improving individual, family, and community wellbeing through employment and other economic opportunities.

  • Moderated By Michelle Doty Cabrera, Director of Research, SEIU State Council
  • Ruben Lizardo, Associate Director, PolicyLink
  • Laura Lopez, Executive Director, Street Level Health Project
  • Jack Mills, Director, National Network of Sector Partners, Insight Center for Community Economic Development
  • Carla Saporta, MPH, Health Policy Director, The Greenlining Institute

Housing for Wellness
Participate in a discussion on the ways that housing – from affordability and displacement to indoor pollutants – impacts the health of our communities.

  • Moderated by Brandon Kitagawa, Policy Associate, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Initiative
  • Carlos Aguilar, Director of Organizing, Coalition for Economic Survival
  • Tyrone Buckley, JD, Legislative Advocate, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Devilla Ervin, Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative
  • Shashi Hanuman, Directing Attorney, Community Development, Public Counsel
  • Sissy Trinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Community Alliance

Healthy Communities, Healthy Design 
Participate in a discussion about innovative land use policies that address economic and community development, climate change, and other environmental issues.

  • Moderated by Angelo Logan, Co-Executive Director, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
  • Amparo Cid, Director of Sustainable Rural Communities Project, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Richard A. Marcantonio, Managing Attorney, Public Advocates Inc.
  • Robert Ogilvie, PhD, Vice President for Strategic Engagement, ChangeLab Solutions



Westin Bonaventure
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Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-1000

A small number of rooms offered at a special CPEHN rate ($169/night) are available. Make your reservation by May 17, 2014. More information about the hotel can be found at


We would like to thank our conference sponsors for their generous support.

The California HealthCare Foundation
Kaiser Permanente

The California Endowment

California Primary Care Association
Care1st Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan
Sutter Health


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