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#LGBTcovered - enrollment assistance now available
Health Access and CPEHN Holiday Party - 12/11
OHE Advisory Committee Meeting - 12/12
Funding Opportunity - proposals due 12/19
Funding Opportunity - proposals accepted 1/2 - 1/21
Draft Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities
Upcoming Network Calls
#LGBTcovered: LGBT-Friendly Enrollment Assistance
  
Open Enrollment is happening now; it's you're chance to sign up for health coverage! Our communities have been denied health care for too long, it's time to make sure we get the care we deserve. California residents can now enroll in affordable, quality health coverage plans through the state's new insurance marketplace - Covered California.
  
Covered California selected five LGBT organizations to specialize in providing free enrollment assistance to LGBT communities throughout California. These organizations can answer all your questions about enrolling in Medi-Cal or a Covered California health plan, and have enrollment events, drop-in hours, and appointments available. They can even enroll people over the phone! See a calendar of events providing LGBT-knowledgeable enrollment assistance here.
Please include this information in your e-blasts, and share information about #LGBTcovered on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media platforms your organization uses.
  
Health Access and CPEHN Holiday Party
  
Health Access California and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network invite you to their annual holiday reception! We invite our broad coalition of partners to enjoy good food and tasty drinks while catching up with friends and colleagues.
 
Thursday, December 11, 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Waterfront Hotel, Regatta Room, 10 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
 
Please RSVP to Aviva Prager at
aprager@cpehn.org or (510) 832-1160.
Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee Meeting
  
The Office of Health Equity provides a key leadership role to reduce health and mental health disparities in vulnerable communities. A priority of the office is to build cross-sectoral partnerships and inform its work through advisory committee and stakeholder meetings. The office consults with community-based organizations and local governmental agencies to ensure that community perspectives and input are included in policies, strategic plans, recommendations, and implementation activities.

 

Friday, December 12

9 am - 5 pm

2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95833

 

Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and stakeholder engagement is encouraged. The meeting agenda and accompanying materials are available here.
Funding Opportunity for Local Health Departments

 

Natl. Assn. of County and City Health Offices has released a competitive funding opportunity for Health in All Policies (HiAP) led by local health departments. The aim of this project is to encourage sustainable strategies for embedding health considerations into governmental structures and processes that will result in improved community health.

 

NACCHO will award 2 to 3 local health departments up to $10,000 each to engage in activities that will lead to the implementation of a HiAP approach or significant progress in implementing a HiAP approach. The projects should be focused on an environmental health-related topic during the project period of January 2015 to August 2015.

 

Deadline to apply: December 19th, 2 PM

Find more information here

  
Funding Opportunity for Community Health Workers

 

The San Francisco Foundation is inviting funding proposals to support community health worker programs that empower underserved community residents to be more engaged in their healthcare, be more educated about their health conditions, and address the social determinants of health in their neighborhoods.

Proposals accepted January 2, 2015 - January 21, 2015
Program Goals and Objectives here
Grantee Instructions here

Contact Kate Burch if you're interested in this opportunity and would like to be put in touch with the program officer at SFF for more information.
Public Comment Period: Draft Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities

  

The Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities was drafted seven organizations as a part of the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP), and funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63). The CRDP is a groundbreaking prevention and early intervention effort to reduce mental health disparities in underserved populations. This Strategic Plan represents the voice of African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities in California, as captured by five Strategic Planning Workgroups.

 

The strategic plan aims to provide community-driven strategies to reduce disparities in racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ communities by:

  • Identifying culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies to improve access, services, and outcomes for racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ populations, and
  • Providing recommendations to the state for funding and evaluating culturally-rooted, community-defined promising practices over a four-year pilot program.
There will be a 30 day public comment period in early 2015, including 3 community forums and the opportunity to provide feedback on the plan via email, phone, and mail. This early release is an opportunity for you to review the strategic plan and develop comments and suggestions. We also encourage you to share the draft plan with your community partners and others who might be interested in providing comments.
 In-Person Meeting Survey
  
We are planning an in-person meeting for the LGBT HHS Network! We would love your input so we can put together a fantastic meeting. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P3QP2JD 
  

Upcoming Network Calls! 

We will skip our regular call in January and February, and resume our monthly call schedule in March. Our monthly calls are usually the first Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 11 am. We welcome participation in the calls from all of our community partners.

  • March 5, 10 am
  • April 2, 10 am
  • May 7, 10 am
Contact Us: 
Kate Burch, Network Director
kburch@health-access.org     
510-873-8787 x106
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