About LA Health Action - Accomplishments

Highlights of LA Health Action's achievements since its inception include:

  • Serving on a County Workgroup that researched funding levels for clinics across LA County and successfully advocated for the use of $44.8 million in additional funding from tobacco settlement funds to increase capacity in chronically underfunded areas such as South LA. 
  • Leading and coordinating the LA Health Collaborative, a network of more than 70 public and private organizations dedicated to preserving LA County's safety net system. 
  • Leading meetings of the LA Health Collaborative on topics including health care reform, the hospital financing waiver that will provide funding for crucial services, alternative models for county governance that will streamline health care management, and workforce development.  Meetings have featured presentations from California DHCS Chief Deputy Director Stan Rosenstein, CMS Region IX Director Jeff Flick, California CHHS Sec. Kim Belshé, California DCHS Dir. Sandra Shewry, L.A. County DHS Director Dr. John Schunhoff, Harbage Consulting CEO Peter Harbage, and L.A. County DPH Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding. Other organizations that have made presentations have included the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, Herndon Alliance, California Budget Project, and the Public Policy Institute of California. 
  • Developing countywide outreach, enrollment and retention strategies along with other coalitions, funders and agencies to overcome barriers and maximize high yield enrollment opportunities for children and their families.  These strategies have contributed to over 86,000 children and families receiving health insurance.
  • Convening a diverse health care coalition with the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, Hospital Association of Southern California and Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles to oppose the harmful health budget cuts proposed by the governor.  LA Health Action prepared a detailed Budget Brief and specific legislative district briefs that outlined the real impact these cuts would have on working families and children in LA County.  Most of these cuts were averted for this year but LA Health Action will continue its advocacy as the state confronts ongoing deficits and demand for vital health care services increases. 
  • The LA Health Collaborative Leadership Team was active in supporting SB 1420, introduced by Senator Padilla (D-Pacoima) and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger, which requires all franchise restaurants to provide calorie information on their menu boards.  The Leadership Team also has been a leading voice in calling for state and federal health reform as well as advocating for policy changes that strengthen our local health safety net. 
  • Funding research and advocacy efforts such as a report on L.A. County safety net financing and a study on the service implications of downgrading of King-Harbor to a multi-ambulatory care center.  LA Health Action has consistently advocated for increased funding to South Los Angeles and the reopening of King-Harbor hospital so that hard working residents of South LA will be able receive quality, affordable care in their neighborhood. 
  • Working with L.A. City's Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to join and support the Children's Health Initiative of Greater Los Angeles; LA Health Action continues to serve on the Children's Health Initiative Steering Committee and the Program Integration Committee.
  • Providing testimony to key legislative bodies such as the Assembly Select Committee on the L.A. County Health Care Crisis hearings, Assembly Health and Select Committee hearings regarding the Pricewaterhouse Coopers audit of the L.A. Section 1115 Waiver, and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on issues related to county governance.
  • Developing policy papers and briefs to provide information on pressing safety net issues such as a review of economic and health indicators during the 10-year L.A. County Section 1115 waiver and the implications of the separation of Public Health from L.A. County DHS.
  • Identifying and recommending priority projects to The California Endowment for funding, such as a community mobilization effort in South L.A. and an adult chronic disease initiative focusing on heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
  • Creating and supporting regional technology solutions, such as a county-level web-based health data resource, an LA Health Collaborative listserv and Health-e-LA.
  • Provided leadership and support to the Los Angeles Access to Health Coverage Initiative.