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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.

Waiting in Pain: Getting to the Root of LA’s Dental Crisis

Featuring:
Dr. Maritza Cabezas, DDS, MPH
Dental Director, Los Angeles Department of Public Health
Oral Health Program

Each year, thousands of Angelenos wait for hours to see a dentist at Care Harbor, an annual free clinic. Like many throughout California, they have nowhere to go for dental care.

Why, despite major expansions in health coverage, do many Californians rely on free clinics for dental services? What policies at the state and local levels can improve access to preventive dental care, and decrease reliance on episodic emergency care? How can we improve our current delivery system to increase awareness and utilization of available oral health benefits?

Join us for a timely discussion with Dr. Maritza Cabezas, Dental Director of the Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s Oral Health Program. Dr. Cabezas will unveil the findings of her study of dental patients at Care Harbor.

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2017 Policy Café Speakers

Rep Judy Chu (CA-27)
Beth H. Parker, Chief Legal Counsel of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
Sue Dunlap, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Ninez Ponce, PhD, MPP, Associate Center Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (AD-51)
Ana Grande, MAH, Associate Executive Director, Clínica Msr. Oscar A. Romero
Betzabel Estudillo, MSW, Senior Policy Manager, Health and Public Benefits, California Immigrant Policy Center

2016 Policy Café Speakers

Ricardo Lara, California State Senator
Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center.
Reshma Shamasunder
Deputy Director, Programs, National Immigration Law Center
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

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