2019 has been a year of progress in the pursuit of health equity for Californians. We started off with Governor Newsom’s bold vision for the state rooted in a commitment to a “California for All,” and the final state budget included major wins for health equity including community-based enrollment assistance in Medi-Cal, asthma preventive services, cultural competency in county mental health, and expanded access to full scope Medi-Cal for young adults aged 19-25 regardless of immigration status. Governor Newsom also created the Healthy California for All Commission to take a deeper look at ways to expand affordability and access.
While we’ve seen promising wins at the state level, challenges lie ahead with the October 15th, implementation of the final public charge rule and the chilling effect it will have on immigrant families’ use of public benefits to support their health and wellbeing. How can we ensure the success of our state level wins, prepare for the chilling effect of public charge, and maintain momentum in 2020 on the path to health equity for California?
Join the Bay Area Health Funders Group, the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, and the California HealthCare Foundation for an in-depth discussion of the progress we’ve made on health equity policy priorities in 2019, what’s on the horizon for 2020, and how to help communities prepare for the many changes taking place. We’ll explore how philanthropy can respond, and what role it can play in supporting positive policy change.
Kara Carter, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Programs, California Health Care Foundation
Kara Carter is senior vice president of strategy and programs at the California Health Care Foundation, where she leads strategic and operational activities. In this role, she develops strategies, provides overall guidance, and leads the program teams in the development, execution, and assessment of specific plans to achieve CHCF’s goals.
Prior to joining CHCF, Kara was a partner at McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, where she helped public sector health and social service systems in the UK, the US, and globally to improve quality of care while ensuring affordability and broad access. She has worked with payers, providers, government agencies, and physician organizations to design value-based payment programs, new care-delivery models, and a broad range of innovative interventions aimed at improving health and care for low-income individuals and families. Before joining McKinsey, Kara worked for UK-based philanthropic institutions on a broad range of topics related to poverty and community action. Kara received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a master’s in business administration from the London Business School.
Kiran Savage-Sangwan, Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
For the last three years, she has served CPEHN as Health Integration Policy Director and, most recently, as Deputy Director. In that role, she was the chief architect of many recent CPEHN bills, in particular the groundbreaking bill on patient dumping that became California law in 2018. California hospitals can no longer callously dump poor and homeless people onto city streets after treatment. Hospitals now must verify that shelters have beds for homeless patients before sending them to the facilities and they must offer homeless patients a meal, appropriate clothing, medications and transportation upon discharge.
Immediately prior to joining CPEHN, Kiran worked as the Director of Legislation and Advocacy for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California. There, she led policy initiatives to improve access to behavioral health care and to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Before NAMI California, Kiran worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California as an Organizer, primarily focused on immigrants’ rights.
Kiran graduated from New York University with a B.A. and a Master of Public Administration. She currently serves as the Chair of the Sacramento Community Police Review Commission. She’s been published numerous times, including in the California Health Report.
This event is open to NCG members, BAHFG members, and non-member funders only.