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Policy Café

Policy Cafe LogoThe Policy Café breakfast series brings together clinics, policymakers, community leaders, researchers and other stakeholders for quarterly discussions on the issues impacting Los Angeles County’s health care landscape. From sessions on state issues to debates at the federal level, and discussions on life after health care reform, the series drives dialogue on today’s hot topics. No podium. No PowerPoint. Just frank conversation.

Policy Cafe, April 28th

The Intersection of Immigration and Health, April 28th

CCALAC is happy to announce our next Policy Café with Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). With the aggressive actions of the Trump Administration targeting our health care and our immigrant communities, California is moving to take steps to ensure the safety of our families. We will take this opportunity to have a conversation with Senator Lara about the state’s plan to protect immigrants’ access to health care service within the new political landscape. We will also be joined by Cynthia Buzia, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, and Gabrielle Lessard Senior Policy Attorney at National Immigration Law Center, to share their expertise on this growingly important subject.

The Policy Café will be 8:30am – 10:30am, Friday April 28, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA).

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Senator Ricardo Lara (California Senate District 33) 
Senator Lara (D-Bell Gardens) was elected with overwhelming support in November 2012 to represent the Southeast Los Angeles County cities of the 33rd Senate District. Raised in a blue collar immigrant household, Ricardo knows first-hand the challenges facing working families and is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians. A champion for educational equity, civil rights and immigrant rights, Ricardo champions legislation that improves the quality of life for vulnerable communities. He has authored several first-in-the nation laws that recognize and invest in immigrant communities such as the California DREAM Loan Program, which helps undocumented students apply for loans to complete their higher education goals. Supporting California’s entrepreneurial spirit, Ricardo’s bill to update and expand access to professional licensing rules, regardless of immigration status, will stimulate local economies and create jobs.

Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center.

Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center
Ms. Buiza has over two decades of experience in nonprofit management and human rights advocacy. She worked on international refugee, migration, human rights and civil rights issues in Southeast Asia before working with ACLU as Policy Director for its San Diego regional affiliate. She was also Policy and Advocacy Director at CHIRLA in Los Angeles from 2007-2010. For the past three years, she worked as a consultant with various immigrant rights and civil rights institutions and social justice organizations in California and the U.S., helping shape their strategic direction and plans for sustainability. Most recently, she managed a statewide capacity building project involving nine regional coalitions in California, which aims to strengthen these coalitions’ viability through a combination of highly customized training, grantmaking and leadership coaching.

 

 

Reshma Shamasunder
Deputy Director, Programs, National Immigration Law Center

Reshma Shamasunder, Deputy Director, Programs, National Immigration Law Center
Ms. Shamasunder oversees the NILC’s legal, policy and advocacy, and communications strategies and serves as a key member of NILC’s Senior Leadership Team. Before joining NILC in 2017, Reshma served as executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center from 2003 to 2015.  Reshma also served on the boards of Health Access California and the South Asian Network in Los Angeles.

 

2016 Policy Café Speakers

Clemens Hong, MD, MPH Medical Director, Community Health Improvement, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Clemens Hong, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Community Health Improvement, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
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Dr. Ed Hernandez, California State Senator
Dr. David Hayes-Bautista
David E. Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D. Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Rusty Selix Executive Director for Public Policy and Legislative Advocate for Mental Health America of California
Rusty Selix, J.D.
Executive Director for Public Policy and Legislative Advocate for Mental Health America of California
Karen Baylor Deputy Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders for the Department of Health Care Services
Karen Baylor, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders for the Department of Health Care Services

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2015 Policy Café Speakers

Supervisor Hilda Solis (District 1)
LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis (District 1)
Gabrielle Lessard Health Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Gabrielle Lessard Health Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Reshma Shamasunder Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center
Reshma Shamasunder Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center
Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH California State Dental Director
Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH California State Dental Director
Jennifer Kent, MPA Director of California Department of Health Care Services
Jennifer Kent, MPA Director of California Department of Health Care Services

2014 Policy Café Speakers

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U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (CA 34th District)
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Dan Castillo, Chief Executive Officer, LAC+USC Medical Center
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Senator Holly Mitchell (30th District)
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LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (District 3)
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LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (District 3) (ret.)

Previous Speakers

Bob Baxter, Chief of the LIHP Implementation Section, CADHCS
Erica Murray, Senior Vice President, California Association of Public Hospitals
John Wallace, Chief Operating Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan
David Panush, Director of Government Affairs, Covered California
Lucy Quacinella, Founder and Principal, Multiforum Advocacy Solutions
Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California
Assembly Member Matthew Dababneh
Howard Kahn, CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan
Kim Belshé, Senior Policy Advisor the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
Sandra Shewry, California Healthcare Foundation’s Director of State Health Policy
Dr. Peter Long, Blue Shield of California Foundation
Dr. Paul Song, Visiting Fellow with the Office of the California Insurance Commissioner
Dr. Mitchell Katz, Director, LA County Department of Health Services
Burt Margolin, President of the Margolin Group
Dr. Shana Lavarreda, Director of Health Insurance Studies, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Judith Solomon, Vice President for Health Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Gerald F. Kominski, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D.
Dr. Beatriz Solis, The California Endowment
Toby Douglas, California Department of Health Care Services
Andy Schneider JD, Medicaid Policy, LLC
Senator Carol Liu
Assembly Member Mike Eng JD
Sarah Varney, Health Reporter for KQED Radio
Richard Kipling, Managing Editor at the Center for Health Reporting
Herb K. Schultz, Regional Director, US Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. E. Richard Brown, Director UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Robert Hertzberg, California Forward
Jean Ross, California Budget Project
David Holtzman, President, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles
Brendan Huffman, Huffman Public Affairs
Mike Russo, Health Care Advocate, CalPIRG

 

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