Highlights from the 17th Annual Health Care Symposium

Posted: March 14, 2018

Living the Mission, Achieving the Vision


Southern California Health Leaders and Experts Gathered to Discuss Solutions

& Best Practices to Improve Patient Care

***High resolution images, videos from the event can be found here***

Los Angeles, CA – The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), held its annual one-day event at the Long Beach Convention Center earlier this month bringing together hundreds of health professionals from across Southern California to discuss health care practice transformation, behavioral health integration, operational reform, policy and advocacy, finance advancement, and workforce cultivation.

According to Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of CCALAC, “Everyday, our Southern California area community health centers and their employees are supporting a wide range of innovations to improve patient health. Our aim has always been to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to improve how patients experience health care, with a direct focus on their unique needs.”

According to Henry Tuttle, Chief Executive Officer of Health Center Partners of Southern California (HCPSA), “It is critically important that we continue to renew and refresh our determinations as health care advocates and practitioners, to ensure our collective efforts are moving the needle as it relates to patient-centered care. This month’s gathering of Southern California’s best and brightest in the industry, all working at the forefront to improve people’s lives at the most fundamental level, was especially encouraging, in spite of these challenging political times.”

According to Isabel Becerra, Chief Executive Officer of the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers (COCCHC), “Our role as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), offering primary and preventative care to communities in need of reliable and affordable care is more relevant now than ever. We were honored to partner with our colleagues to bring forth this dynamic convening, to share wisdom and best practices in a unified way. The conversations and presentations truly left participants with a refreshed sense of purpose and vision for the year ahead.  We were especially encouraged by our keynote speaker’s presentation and positive feedback during the question and answer period.”

According to Janet Marchibroda, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Innovation Initiative and Symposium Keynote Speaker, “It was an honor to partner with CCALAC, HCPSA, and COCCHC, and present to this group of passionate community health leaders who are making a big difference in the lives of those most vulnerable among us. It is encouraging to see so many individuals come together to lend their thoughts and resources to advance new and innovative policies and strategies to improve patient access to care and reduce health disparities.”



The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 63 members that operate over 350 clinic sites, serving 1.6 million County residents. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services.

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