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Achieving Health Equity in California: 2019 Policy Opportunities

Monday, April 29, 2019 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm PDT
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California is poised to see a potentially historic investment from the state in health equity and health care quality, providing millions in funding to tackle disparities in pre-natal and post-partum care, chronic conditions, mental health, and new funding to expand access to health care for undocumented young adults. Governor Newsom’s budget lays out a bold vision for the state rooted in a commitment to a “California for all." 

Realizing this vision will require community participation and voice in shaping the decisions that impact their health and well-being. The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, along with partners across the state, have laid out a set of recommendations for local, regional, and state leaders to advance health equity and reduce the persistent health disparities that exist for communities of color in our diverse state. What role can philanthropy play to ensure that the health of our communities of color is prioritized in the state’s budget negotiations and policy decisions? 

Join the Bay Area Health Funders Group for a webinar with the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network where we’ll explore key health policy opportunities for 2019, and recommendations on how philanthropy can get involved to support health equity in California. 


Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Sarah de Guia is the Executive Director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), a multicultural advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of communities of color in California. Sarah has over a decade of experience advocating for access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health care, advancing women’s reproductive justice, and promoting immigrants’ rights. Sarah currently serves as an advisory board member of the California Health Interview Survey and the Department of Health Care Services’ Stakeholder Committee. Previously Sarah worked with Latino Issues Forum and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Sarah earned her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and Public Policy.

Kiran Savage-Sangwan, MPA, Deputy Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Kiran Savage-Sangwan graduated from New York University with a B.A. and a Master of Public Administration. Prior to joining CPEHN, she worked as the Director of Legislation and Advocacy for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California. At NAMI CA, Kiran led policy initiatives to improve access to behavioral health care, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Kiran has also worked at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California and the New York Civil Liberties Union as an Organizer, primarily focused on immigrants’ rights. 

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This event is open to members and non-member funders only. 

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