California takes pride in testing new ideas that even the odds for people who have it the hardest. While the fight over the Affordable Care Act rages in Washington, California is testing new ways to care for the most vulnerable. The results may profoundly improve the underlying health systems for everyone.
Counties across California have been experimenting with this systems-change approach to providing care for some of their most challenging, and most expensive to care for populations. Through Whole Person Care Pilots, counties are breaking down silos to provide better care for people without homes, people with mental health or substance use disorder conditions, and those who have recently been released from incarceration all while improving the underlying health system. To truly make a difference in people’s health, we need to consider all of their needs: medical, behavioral and socioeconomic.
Considering all of these needs requires collaboration across the system and between the public sector and philanthropy. What is required to make this complex collaboration work? What is the role that philanthropy can play to support systems-change in their local communities?
Join us for an interactive session to learn how foundations can engage in systems-change work, how we can build successful public-private partnerships, what we’re learning from the Whole Person Care pilots in the Bay Area, and what role foundations can play in advancing a healthier future for all Californians.
About the Bay Area Health Funders Group (BAHFG)
Bay Area Health Funders Group gathers in common cause toward the well-being of our communities. Funders from a spectrum of interest areas identify shared concerns and areas where they can support each other’s priorities.
Network members fund critical health issues such as access and equity and also welcome partners making investments to help build healthy communities more broadly, including nutritious foods, early childhood education, family services and environmental health.
Preston Burnes is the Program Manager for Whole Person Care at the Health Plan of San Mateo where he has worked on special projects and pilot programs for the past five years. Particular areas of focus while at the Plan have been the de-institutionalization of vulnerable populations, housing programs and provider initiatives. Previously he worked for San Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon, working on healthcare, social programs and environmental matters. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Colgate University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Jeremy Cantor, MPH is a Senior Consultant at JSI California. He has over 15 years of experience providing strategic and technical support to a range of health projects including extensive work on integrating clinical and public health strategies; developing and funding health equity and social determinants of health initiatives; and the intersection of land use, housing, and health. Along with the JSI California team, Jeremy has been supporting Whole Person Care in California from research and concept development to initiative design and implementation and is currently providing sustainability technical assistance to the six inaugural California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI) sites. Mr. Cantor recently completed a term as a member of the Advisory Committee for the California Office of Health Equity and currently serves as an Advisory Board member of the Regional Asthma Management & Prevention Program and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the California Health in All Policies Task Force. He received his Master of Public Health degree from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Kathleen Clanon, MD is the Medical Director of the Health Care Services Agency of Alameda County. She is a clinician, educator, program director, and medical administrator specializing in improving health care of low-income people. She is the primary doctor for 100 people with HIV, practicing at Highland Hospital in Oakland. She helped start and grow multidisciplinary HIV prevention and care programs in Alameda County, CA that have served thousands of people.
She was the Clinical Director of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center based at UCSF from 2001 to 2012, where she provided the clinical leadership for a 5 state program for teaching and coaching clinicians on HIV care and on Quality Management. She teaches and consults on QM for the Federally-funded National Quality Center, including working with many small and large clinical sites, the States of California, Texas, and Michigan and more recently the Health Ministries in Thailand, Haiti, and Guyana.
Dr. Clanon is currently working on implementing health reform in the safety net, serving as the Medical Director of the Health Care Services Agency of Alameda County and is Director of Alameda County Care Connect, the County’s Whole Person Care pilot program. She is also desperately clinging on to her membership in the UC Berkeley Alumni Chorus, where she is a second string alto.
Catherine Teare is Associate Director of California HealthCare Foundation's High-Value Care team, which supports policies and care models that align with patient preferences, are proven effective, and are affordable.
She leads the foundation's work on behavioral health care, including behavioral health integration in primary care and behavioral health interventions for high-cost populations. She also manages projects related to the county role in health care delivery and oral health care.
Catherine has worked at CHCF since 2011 and previously led the organization’s efforts on enrollment in public programs, with a particular focus on consumer experience. Before joining the foundation, she worked as a consultant for safety-net health care providers, foundations, and local government, providing research and policy analysis in the areas of health care financing and delivery, public and private health insurance programs for children, adolescent health, reproductive health, HIV, and youth development. She also worked as director of policy for Children Now and as a health policy analyst for the National Center for Youth Law.
She received a bachelor's degree in English from Yale College and a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
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