Health advocacy and policy organizations have various resources such as research reports, some of which are not necessarily L.A. County-specific but do contain resources that may be relevant.
1115 Waiver Implementation Resource Page
Provides resources on the implementation of State DHCS' $10 billion, 5 year Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver approved by CMS in November 2010 that serves as a bridge to health reform. The page includes information on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, technical workgroups on Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, California Children's Services, Behavioral Health Integration, Health Care Coverage Initiative and dual Medicaid/Medicare eligibles, and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Plan focused on public hospitals.
Serves as the governance entity for the establishment of electronic Health Information Exchange across California. Cal eConnect’s mission is to collaboratively establish policies, services, and innovations that make possible the appropriate, secure, and efficient exchange of health information for the purpose of improving health and health care safety, quality, access, and efficiency for all Californians.
California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO)
A non-profit, collaborative, statewide initiative to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care through the use of information technology and the secure exchange of health information. The goal is to enable physicians, hospitals, and patients to securely access vital health information electronically when and where it is needed. RHIOs are a major component of President Bush's plan to implement a national health information network and electronic medical records for all Americans within 10 years.
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
CSPI seeks to educate the public, advocate government policies that are consistent with scientific evidence on health and environmental issues, and counter industry’s powerful influence on public opinion and public policies. Information on nutrition and health, food safety, eating green, and alcohol policy are amongst the areas of interest featured on this site.
Children's Health Initiative of Greater Los Angeles
A three-year expansion of health coverage for eligible children who are now without health insurance with the goal of attaining permanent, long-term solutions to 100 percent coverage of all children. A group of providers, private employers, business leaders, advocacy groups, foundations, public health officials, labor unions and educators have come together to create and support the Initiative, co-convened by L.A. Care Health Plan, The California Endowment and L.A. County Department of Health Services.
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC)
An advocacy and support organization serving and representing the interest of community clinics and health centers in the greater L.A. area. As a membership driven association, CCALAC's clinics are non-profit health care providers committed to providing quality care and dedicated to serving the uninsured/underinsured, working poor, high-risk and vulnerable populations; as well as serving the linguistic and cultural needs of L.A.'s diverse populations.
Community Health Councils
Provides a newsletter, policy briefs and reports about L.A. County and California on access to health care, preservation of the safety net, and racial and ethnic parity in health and health care.
County Health Rankings: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health
Developed by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this site ranks more than 3,000 counties nationwide by comparing various health outcomes and health factors, such as mortality, morbidity clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment. The data is available at the county level, including Los Angeles, with a ranking compared to other counties in the state.
Disability Rights California
Provides information related to disabilities, including its publications, and provides updates on selected legislation.
Environmental Health and Land Use Resources
List of internet resources that provide background on the built environment's impact on health and ways to get involved in advocacy efforts around this issue. The list was developed by community activists at a TCE event on Sept. 17, 2008.
Health Consumer Alliance
The Health Consumer Alliance, in which many legal services organizations are partners, has a site with an extensive library of issue briefs and reports.
A coalition of organzaitions based in L.A. County aimed to foster the development of an infrastructure for multi-organizational electronic exchange of clinical healthcare information throughout the greater Los Angeles region, with the vision of the electronic exchange of patient-controlled health records for residents of the Los Angeles region being seamless, easy and secure, no matter where the person accesses health care.
Website combining health policy reporting with community stories that show how decisions made in the Sacramento Capitol affect the everyday health of Californians.
Hospital Association of California (HASC)
A membership association of over 170 hospitals in six counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura) with the mission of serving the political, economic, informational and educational needs of hospitals and integrated delivery systems and improving the quality and accessibility of health care services, thereby improving the health status of communities.
Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP)
ITUP aims to identify, assist and promote new approaches to expand health care and coverage for California's uninsured, focusing on developing common ground and establishing connections interested and influential parties to bring about public and private health care reform.
Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Source
Provides up-to-date information on federal health reform, including in-depth data and analysis on the latest research and topics.
Los Angeles Best Babies Network (LABBN)
Provides demographic, health, and perinatal data at the county and SPA level.
National Health Foundation
Provides reports and publications on community health issues such as hospitals, health information, maternal and child health and public health insurance programs at the county, regional and SPA level.
National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
This site includes much of the organization’s work, updates on health law and NHeLP activities, news headlines, Federal Register highlights, a Court Watch, legal research resources and extensive links to other health-related web sites organized by issue area.
National Mental Health Association of Greater Los Angeles
Works to ensure that people with mental illness reach their rightful place as participating, productive members through service, information, advocacy and training. The organization serves adults, including those who have been homeless, and young adults, concentrating on those who are leaving foster care, through an information and assistance team, self-help network and toll-free peer support telephone line with service sites in Los Angeles, Long Beach and the Antelope Valley.
Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC Program
The Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC Program has aggregated data from all seven WIC programs in L.A. County to allow for examination of countywide and SPA trends.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing News Digest
The foundation features a weekly news digest which provides periodic alerts regarding nursing developments in various states, which may be subscribed to or may be viewed at the link.
Launched by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Academy for State Health Policy, State Refor(u)m is an online resource to assist states as they tackle the implementation challenges and opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The California Endowment: The New Health Law and You
The California Endowment has created a one-stop resource for federal health reform information. English and Spanish language resources and information are provided for advocacy groups, businesses and consumers on the local, state and national levels.
The Children’s Council
The Children’s Council (formerly the L.A. County Children's Planning Council) has produced the Children’s ScoreCard, a tool to track progress toward improving the lives of children and families in five outcome areas, including good health, at the SPA level.
The City Project
Works with diverse coalitions to shape public policy and law, and to serve the needs of the community as defined by the community. They seek to achieve equal justice, democracy, and livability by influencing the investment of public resources to achieve results that are equitable, enhance human health and the environment, and promote economic vitality for all communities. Their web site provides access to maps on the distribution of the parks/access to green space and obese children in LA County broken down by supervisorial, city council, and legislative districts.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Community Research & Solutions (CCRS)
CCRS is an information resource and contains data and information on important national, state and local social issues. Specifically, it has a research catalog with publications and documents on issues ranging from health care to homelessness, a section providing links to web sites with searchable and downloadable data, a section on social reports providing research publications on various local topics produced in-house, and a weekly e-Newsletter featuring reports on important social issues facing L.A. County.
Valley Care Community Consortium
Provides reports and research studies about L.A. County’s SPA 2, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.
Western Center on Law and Poverty
Features a health section that includes its publications and provides updates on selected legislation.