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Network Call on Thursday!


August 6, 2015
10:00 - 11:00 am


Call in Number: 866-906-7447
Access Code: 9570282

Join us for a discussion about cultural humility, the important process of utilizing  self-reflection and self-critique when interacting with peoples' cultural identities. Maya Scott-Chung will lead the discussion, bringing in what she has learned working with Dr. Melanie Tervalon (one of the original proponents of cultural humility).

Updates and Opportunities
CA Health Interview Survey: 2013-2014 Data Release Seminar


New comprehensive data on the health and well being of Californians will be released by the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) on August 5. The data, collected in 2013 and 2014, covers hundreds of health topics ranging from asthma and diabetes to health insurance status and coverage.  CHIS has collected data on sexual orientation since 2001. They included questions about gender identity for the first time in their 2013-2014 survey, so there should be data on gender identity available as well.

The Center will host a seminar about the new CHIS 2013 and 2014 data release that will describe the new and innovative features of the new surveys. Researchers, policymakers, journalists and others who depend upon CHIS data will not want to miss this important presentation!

August 5, 12 pm - 1 pm
Join the webinar here: 



You can also attend in person:

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550
Los Angeles, Calif. 90024 

Stakeholders in Equity - 4 Forums Statewide


The California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity invites you to participate in an upcoming "Stakeholders in Equity" forum in one of the following three locations. At each forum, stakeholders will receive an overview of Portrait of Promise: The California Statewide Plan to Promote Health and Mental Health Equity (in press). In a highly interactive setting, they will then be invited to contribute their ideas to the implementation of the plan.

August 5, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Los Angeles  

August 18, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in San Francisco

September 1, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Merced

September 8, from 10am to 12pm in Sacramento


Space is limited at each site; participants will be selected in order of registration requests. Please send your request to participate to ohe@cdph.ca.gov and write "Stakeholders in Equity" with the location you would like to attend in the subject line.

Presentation on California's Aging Population


California is facing a period of rapid growth in its senior population, and the need for at-home assistance or nursing home care will rise significantly. The policy implications of these changes will be wide-reaching-from increased demands on the health and human services budget to new pressures on workforce training, particularly in California's community colleges.
Public Policy Institute of California research fellow Laurel Beck will provide an overview of these changes and challenges, and a panel of experts will discuss the future of aging in the Golden State.

Friday, August 7
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Register to watch online: http://www.ppic.org/main/stream.asp?i=1815

More event information, and register to attend in person in Sacramento:


SOGI Data Collection Success!


Thanks to the hard work of Poshi Mikalson and so many of you, the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission has adopted regulations that require data collection about sexual orientation and gender identity. The full text of the Innovative Project Regulations are here. These are the categories counties will need to report on for every Innovative Project they implement:

Sexual Orientation:
  • Gay or Lesbian
  • Heterosexual or Straight
  • Bisexual
  • Questioning or Unsure of Sexual Orientation
  • Queer
  • Another sexual orientation
  • Number of respondents who declined to answer
Assigned Sex at Birth:
  • Male
  • Female
  • Number of respondents who declined to answer
Current Gender Identity:
  • Male
  • Female
  • Transgender
  • Genderqueer
  • Questioning or unsure of gender identity
  • Another gender identity
  • Number of respondents who declined to answer
In the explanation for including sexual orientation and gender identity categories, the Commission cited published research, the 2013 report First Do No Harm: Reducing Disparities for LGBTQQ Populations in California, and public comment.

THANK YOU to Poshi Mikalson for all her hard work on the report and her regular public comment at MHSOAC meetings, and to all of you who signed on to our comment letter and sent in your own public comment.


Partial Success for #Health4All


California took a momentous step in advancing health care coverage for all when Governor Jerry Brown signed a budget that allocates state funds to cover low-income undocumented children under Medi-Cal. The estimated cost this budget year is $40 million, with an an eventual cost of $132 million when fully implemented and 170,000 undocumented low-income children are covered.

This expansion of coverage to all children regardless of immigration status would make California's children healthier, our health system stronger, and our families and communities more financially secure.

The #Health4All fight continues legislatively with Senator Lara's bills SB4 and SB10. SB 4 requests a waiver to allow undocumented people to buy coverage through Covered California, and makes technical changes to simplify enrollment of undocumented kids in Medi-Cal. SB 10, now on hold until 2016, would expand Medi-Cal to low-income undocumented adults.


Upcoming Network Meetings:
Network calls are scheduled for the first Thursday of every month, from 10:00 -  11:00 am
September 3
October 1
November 5
Contact Us: 
Kate Burch, Network Director
510-873-8787 x106
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