May 10, 2019
In this issue:
  • Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Citizenship Question
  • Title X Injunction Protects Low-Income Family Planning Services
  • Public Charge Town Hall a Success
  • California Primary Care Association Day at the Capitol
  • AltaMed Advocacy and Leadership Academy (ALA) Graduation
  • 26th Annual Lucille Roybal-Allard Student Art Competition
  • Monthly Citizenship Workshops
Government Affairs
Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Citizenship Question
On April 23, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a case about the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Critics state that this would lower response rates among immigrant communities and thus undermine the accuracy of the census count.
Experts estimate that as many as 6.5 million people might not be counted if the citizenship question is allowed. Moreover, an undercount could affect the distribution of federal funding for essential safety net programs like Medi-Cal, SNAP/CalFresh, and Section 8 housing assistance. Judges appear to be split among ideological lines, meaning that a conservative majority in the Supreme Court is likely to approve the inclusion of a citizenship question. A decision is expected in late June. The Government Relations team will continue to track this issue closely and provide updates. 
Judge Issues Title X Injunction to Protect Low-Income Family Planning Services
 
On April 26, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen i ssued a preliminary injunction to block the Trump administration’s harmful Title X regulations from taking effect in California. Title X funding supports the delivery of family planning services for low-income individuals including birth control, STD and pregnancy tests, and cancer screenings. AltaMed Health Services has been a Title X sub-recipient for over 10 years, providing Title X family planning services to more than 20,000 low-income patients in 2017 in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
 
Nationwide injunctions have been issued by federal judges in Washington and Oregon. The injunctions are in effect immediately, and prevent the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) from implementing or enforcing any aspect of the rule against anyone. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has not yet announced whether it plans to appeal the injunctions. AltaMed is covered under this preliminary injunction and will continue operating our Title X programs under current program statute, guidelines and regulations.
Community Events
Public Charge Town Hall a Success!
We are pleased to announce that our Public Charge and Immigration Status Community Town Hall held on Thursday, April 18 at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) was a great success! An estimated 280 total attendees participated in the event, which was hosted by AltaMed in partnership with the Children’s Partnership and ELAC, and in collaboration with more than 12 community organizations. Attendees included community members, families, students, elected officials, AltaMed staff, and representatives from partner organizations. We were honored to have Congresswoman Judy Chu as our Keynote speaker, who spoke about the bill she introduced (H.R. 7052) to prevent any federal funds from being used to implement the proposed public charge rule.
Congresswoman Judy Chu
Our panel of experts provided medical, policy, legal, and historical perspectives on the impact that the public charge proposed rule change is having on immigrant communities and how we can respond to ease their fears. The town hall was part of our ongoing efforts to educate immigrants about the public charge proposal and prevent people from disenrolling from safety net services.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the event, as well as our staff and volunteers whose hard work was crucial in making our town hall a great success. A special thank you goes to Dr. Ilan Shapiro for representing AltaMed at the panel and sharing his insight as a medical provider for immigrant families.
Left to right: Dr. Ilan Shapiro, Medical Director of Health Education and Wellness; Hector Plascencia-Juarez, Movement Consultant and Social Justice Advocate in California; Lily Choi, Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles; Miriam Mesa, Directory of Community Education and Outreach at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights; and Professor Carlos Ramirez, Associate Professor of History at ELAC.
California Primary Care Association Day at the Capitol

On April 24, AltaMed’s Advocacy and Leadership Academy (ALA) traveled to Sacramento for the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) Day at the Capitol. The annual event allows physicians, clinicians, board members, directors, and patients to engage in dialogue with legislators and their staff about fiscal and legislative priorities impacting FQHCs like AltaMed. It is critical as a forum in which the voice of community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) can unite and be heard. Our ALA members participated in a total of 18 legislative visits with both State Senators and Assemblymembers, advocating for both budget and policy priorities that would impact FQHC’s across the state. These included supporting immigrant health by expanding Medi-Cal eligibility to young adults, streamlining the expansion process for Primary Care Facilities, supporting same-day billing , and allowing FQHC’s to participate in California’s Value Based Payment program. Our Academy members did a fantastic job in sharing their policy knowledge and their personal experiences with elected officials. It was the first time that all 11 of our Academy members interacted with an elected official on such a personal level.
Assemblymember Mike Gipson (64 District) with community health center advocates.

In front, left to right: Isabel Becerra, President and CEO, Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers; Assemblymember Steven Choi (68 th District), Manuel Cabrera, Families Together of Orange County Community Health Center; ALA Member Erica Solis, and ALA Member Fiama Vasquez.
Advocacy and Leadership
Academy Graduation
On May 2, the Advocacy and Leadership Academy celebrated their completion of the program at a graduation ceremony hosted by our Government Relations team. We were graciously joined by Huntington Park Councilmember Marilyn Sanabria, who presented all members, as well as instructors, with Certificates of Recognition. For the past 18 weeks, our graduating cohort has devoted weeknights and weekends to learning about legislation, policy, advocacy, and leadership. After participating in voter registration training, phone banking sessions, legislative visits, and other civic engagement activities, we had the opportunity to congratulate our Advocacy cohort and celebrate their accomplishments
Advocacy and Leadership Academy Cohort, with Martin Perez, Health Fellow, and David Escobar, Policy Analyst
In center: Award winner Ashley Beach with Congresswoman Roybal-Allard (40th District). Second from right: Shauna Day, Director of Government Affairs at AltaMed.
26TH Annual Lucille Roybal-Allard Student Art Competition
On May 3, AltaMed joined Congresswoman Roybal-Allard in recognizing the artistic talents of high school students in the 40th congressional district at the 26th Annual Student Art Competition. This year, 150 student artwork entries were reviewed and six finalists were selected. AltaMed proudly sponsored the event, and Shauna Day, Director of Government Affairs, had the privilege of presenting the People’s Choice Award to Ashley Beach (pictured) who’s artwork received the highest number of likes on social media.
Monthly Citizen Workshops
AltaMed provides assistance to individuals who are legal permanent residents and need help with the citizenship process so they can obtain their citizenship and ultimately become more civically engaged in their communities.
 
Upcoming Session:
 
Informational Session – Saturday, May 11
  • Provides information on how to begin the naturalization process and walk attendees through the steps necessary to become a U.S. citizen.
  • This session must be attended before attending the Application Workshop.
 
Application Workshop – Saturday, May 18
  • Offers one-on-one support, including eligibility screenings and application assistance. Immigration specialists and attorneys are also available to answer any questions.
 
Location:        AltaMed Medical & Dental Group – South Gate
                       8627 Atlantic Ave., South Gate, CA 90280
 
Reserve your spot today! Please contact David Escobar at davescobar@altamed.org to register for these upcoming workshops. Volunteer opportunities are also available!



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