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Bay Area Health Funders Group Program: ACA and the Intersectionality of Health and Workforce

Friday, September 25, 2015 -
10:30am to 12:00pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA
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The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had substantial implications on the health workforce, impacting local community entities, specifically educational and health institutions. During the program, speakers will dive into what these implications are, their impact, and the various forms of response. The panel of experts will explore the unique intersectionality of health and social determinants such as re-entry, workforce, education, within a policy framework and also share information on local and regional programs and initiatives that are responding to these implications. 

During the program, participants will also receive never before released research by the Health Workforce Initiative, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, that is being conducted in partnership with UCSF, Kaiser and SEIU. The research analyzes the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the health care workforce and subsequently public education’s ability to meet the growing needs of the health workforce as well as how to maximize resources to accommodate multiple employers who are seeking employees with relevant skill sets. 

Networking and coffee begins at 10:00 am, followed by the program at 10:30 am. 

Come Join Us  

  • Learn about the implications of the ACA on the community, including health institutions, educational institutions, and the workforce
  • Hear about policy, regional programs, and local health workforce initiatives developed in response to ACA implementation
  • Learn more about the various career pathways for frontline workers
  • Gain insight on new research regarding the quantitative implications ACA is having on the workforce
  • Engage in meaningful dialogue with other health funders in the Bay Area, and learn how the philanthropic community is supporting these efforts


Targeted Audience

The audience will include funders in the Bay Area from the NCG and BAHFG networks. Funders include those whose primary focus is on health, workforce, education, community development and/ or diversity. 

About the Bay Area Health Funders Group (BAHFG)

This program is hosted by the Bay Area Health Funders Group, a network collaborative of Northern California Grantmakers that is comprised of health funders in the Bay who come together to learn, and share information around their work, and explore collaborative opportunities to achieve greater impact.  As part of their 2015 priorities, the network will be developing a series of programs that help inform their work they do and that highlight effective strategies the funding community can take to respond to the issue at hand.  

Speaker Bios

Debra: Barnes: A specialist in health and human services philanthropy, Debra was appointed to the position of President of the Alameda Health System Foundation in August, 2011. Most recently she served as the Director of Major Gifts and Campaigns at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, where she led the successful campaign for the new $13 million Breast Health Center and helped raise $10 Million in lead gifts for the  new Patient Care Pavilion now open in Oakland.

Prior to this, Debra served for eight years as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. (San Rafael, CA) a national charity serving the US and Canada.  There she raised an average of $18 million annually to support the free provision of guide dogs and training in their use to blind people throughout North America. 

Earlier in her career, Debra held leadership positions in marketing and public relations for several Bay Area community hospitals including Children's Hospital in Oakland, St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco and Seton Medical Center in Daly City.

Debra first became exposed to the world of urban public health hospitals in the 1990s when Mayor Frank Jordan appointed her to the San Francisco City and County Public Health Commission. She served a four-year term on its budget and appropriations committee and concurrently was a member of the inaugural board of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.

A resident of Berkeley, Debra served for several years as a member of the board of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and is currently active in the Oakland Rotary Club. She holds a credential as an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional and is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Kevin Barnett is a Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute.  For the past 20 years, he has been engaged in research and fieldwork in two areas; hospital community benefit and health workforce diversity. 

National partners include organizations such as the National Network of Public Health Institutes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the WK Kellogg Foundation, and The California Endowment.  Kevin has also worked with a broad array of hospitals and health systems across the country. 

Kevin recently completed a national study of community health assessments and implementation strategies for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that examines opportunities for alignment among diverse stakeholders.  He currently serves as the Principal Investigator of Alignment for Health Equity and Development (AHEAD), a national initiative funded by the Kresge Foundation to align and focus investments by hospitals, public health, and financial institutions in communities with health disparities.

Kevin served on the IOM committee that produced the 2004 report “In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce,” and co-authored a chapter in the report focusing on community benefit and diversity.  He has led numerous national and state studies in the workforce diversity arena that focus in areas such as the roles of academic health centers, accreditation and diversity in health professions education, and developing regional health career pathway systems.  He currently serves as the Co-Director of the California Health Workforce Alliance, as a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Culturally Competent Care at Kaiser Permanente, as a member of the Board of Directors of Communities Joined in Action, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Trinity Health System. 

Alex Briscoe: In January, 2010, Alex Briscoe was appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as Agency Director for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, where he leads the design and development of health services county-wide.  Current projects include clinical service design in foster care and juvenile justice settings, redesign of the Emergency Medical System, as well as the integration of behavioral health practices in primary and specialty care settings.  Alex manages an Agency budget of more than $670 million dollars and oversees the departments of Indigent Care, Behavioral Health Care, Social Justice, Environmental Health, and Public Health.

Alex is one of the Bay Area’s leading experts in the design and delivery of health care programs and services, youth development services, and community capacity building.  He is Nationally recognized for his work on the intersection of public health, and public education through the creation of school-based adolescent health and youth development centers in partnership with Alameda County, The City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District, Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland and Federally Qualified community health centers.  Alameda County will open the 30th Federally Qualified School-Based Health Center this year.

Alex’s clinical background has focused on the effects of trauma on healthy development and strategies to impact the social determinants of health.    His work has been featured on National Public Radio, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Sacramento Bee.  Alex has been awarded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) School Based Administrator of the Year Award and the Insure the Uninsured Projects’ Innovators Award (2011).

Alex’s past work includes leadership in school reform and the charter school development, including work with YouthBuild USA, The Corporation for National and Community Service, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Alex has also worked in the foundation community as a Program Officer for the Greater Philadelphia First Foundation and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.   Alex specializes in revenue producing social justice programming, youth voice, and crisis counseling.  Alex earned a BA from Vassar College in Sociology and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.    

Cynthia Burnett: Cynthia Burnett has over 25 years of experience working successfully in diverse business cultures concentrated in the industries of public health, social services, and education providing consultation in organization management, strategic planning, and fund development.  She specializes in organization development, and federal grant writing for programs targeting healthcare, education, and social justice.

Cynthia has worked extensively to create culturally focused community service programs and design organizational processes, and revenue generation strategies to sustain these efforts. She has been a strong advocate for programs serving women and children, HIV/AIDS education and prevention funding, minority education and employment, and affordable housing development.

Cynthia earned her B.A. in Sociology from Sacramento State University and her Masters in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.  

Linda L. Zorn is the statewide director/Sector Navigator of the Health Workforce Initiative – one of the ten sectors of the Workforce and Economic Development program, California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO).   In this role she coordinates the work of the ten regional Health Workforce Initiative Deputy Sector Navigators and serves as the lead nursing and allied health subject matter expert for the CCCCO.  She is also the Sector Coordinator for all ten Sector Navigators. 

Linda has served as Project Director for the many of the grant related projects including the Broadband Adoption Project in partnership with UC Davis, Western Region Community College Consortia to Educate Information Technology Professionals in Health Care, the ADN Curriculum Model project, the Statewide Accountability Dashboard, Research, Evaluation, and Data-Related Toolkits Technical Assistance project, and numerous professional development and curriculum development projects.  Linda is the Co-Lead of the California Action Coalition as well as a member of numerous statewide health related boards and committees.

Linda also served as the co-chair of the North Far North Regional Consortia for over ten years, with a service delivery area including 15 Community Colleges from Sacramento north to the Oregon border. Linda has worked as a registered dietitian and wellness specialist in a variety of health care settings including Mercy Medical Center-Redding, California Medical Foundation, and private physician offices. Linda has a Master of Arts degree in organizational development and communications from Marquette University, and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Service Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

In a previous position, Linda was the director of the Pacific Wellness Institute at CSU, Chico where she was the project director for a grant from the California Wellness Foundation.  While in Wisconsin, Linda served as executive director of the National Wellness Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; the Wisconsin Public Health Association; and the Dairy Council of Wisconsin.