Southern California Health Centers Focus on ‘Linking Communities to Quality Care’

Posted: March 3, 2017

Amid Uncertainty, Nonprofit Providers Double Down on Care Transformation and Improving Quality

HUNGTINGTON BEACH, CALI. – March, 3, 2017 – As nonprofit community clinics and health centers face an uncertain future, Southern California providers gathered for a day of learning and best practice sharing at the 16th Annual Health Care Symposium. The event featured sessions on the pressing issues that clinics and their patients face, including health policy in the current political environment, impending payment reforms, social determinants of health, effective care teams, addressing the opioid epidemic and succession planning.

“As Congress debates the future of American health care, the future of community clinics and health centers and the communities they serve hangs in the balance,” said Louise McCarthy, President & CEO of the Community Clinic Association of LA County. “Whatever the future may hold, the critical work of community clinics and health centers must continue. In a context of fewer resources, we must ensure a viable safety net that continues to provide culturally competent, patient-centered, high quality, innovative care in our health care systems. Our work to transform care and more from volume to value becomes more important than ever.”

The event featured Susan Dentzer, one of the nation’s most respected health care journalists and thought leaders on health care policy and innovation. Ms. Dentzer is the President and CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a non-profit, non-partisan health policy institute focused on enabling innovations that improve health, boost health care quality and lower costs.

“Although much is in flux with respect to US health care policy at the moment, many challenges are enduring: improving the poor health of much of the population; improving the quality and efficiency of health care; and making care more affordable.”   Ms. Dentzer said.  “Community clinics must remain at the forefront of health system transformation, and in particular, must build critically important bridges to other entities in communities that have a key role in shaping population health.”

The Annual Health Care Symposium is hosted by the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers (The Coalition), and Health Center Partners of Southern California (HCP).

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 60 members that operate more than 300 clinic sites throughout the County. 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.

Alex Medina, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA  90017

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