Want a quick look at some of the issues that CHCF is working on? We’ve curated these collections of our research and analyses related to recent developments and topics of current interest.
Listening to Californians with Low Incomes
Between 2019 and 2021, CHCF funded a major research project to better understand the health care experiences, needs, and values of Californians with low incomes, including understanding changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are key findings and insights from the project.
Community Health Centers’ Journey Through the Pandemic
Health Care Costs
This collection highlights the financial challenges faced by California's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they adapted to keep serving patients. It also highlights policy changes that are needed to stabilize FQHCs so they can continue to play their vital role in providing care to Californians with low incomes.
Health Workforce Strategies for California
This collection of publications examines the evidence on the impact of key health workforce policy interventions, such as pipeline and loan repayment programs, to achieve goals like diversifying the workforce, increasing the number of health professionals who provide care in a language other than English, and increasing access to care in medically underserved areas.
The Importance of Health Care Phone Visits
Phone visits have quickly become a popular way to access care that is especially appealing to Californians with low incomes and Californians of color — populations whose access to care consistently lags. With Governor Gavin Newsom making health equity a priority, it would be a setback if the state took away this important care option for Medi-Cal enrollees.
Webinars — 2020 CHCF Regional Market Reports
For the fourth time since 2009, CHCF commissioned reports of seven health care markets in California. The markets in the 2020 release — Humboldt/Del Norte, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and the San Joaquin Valley — reflect a diverse range of conditions in California. Each report was accompanied by a webinar featuring the report's author and local health care experts.
Advancing Data Exchange in California
This series of reports sponsored by CHCF is aimed at helping inform California decisionmakers about statewide data exchange. These reports focus on how other states have approached statewide health information exchange; the existing electronic health record networks, regional health information organizations, and competing infrastructure that currently exist in California; and the challenges and policy options for the state going forward.
Top 10 Publications of 2020
As COVID-19 dominated our lives in 2020, it was also at the center of many of the top-read publications, including our many COVID-19 resource pages. Readers were also interested in reading about Medi-Cal coverage, health workforce issues, health care affordability, and the results of our statewide polls. These are our top 10 publications of 2020.
Top 10 Blogs of 2020
In a remarkable year dominated by COVID-19 news, The CHCF Blog covered the pandemic's impact on the health care system in California and the nation. Readers learned about such topics as how to talk to infected patients and their families, why nursing homes became hot spots, and how the pandemic does not respect human-made borders. Here are the 10 most popular blog posts of 2020.
2020 Edition — Health Care Almanac Regional Markets Study
The markets included in the 2020 release — Central Valley, Humboldt/Del Norte, Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area — reflect a range of economic, demographic, care delivery, and financing conditions in California.
2012 Edition — Health Care Almanac Regional Markets Study
This is the second round in CHCF’s Regional Market Series; CHCF published the first set of regional reports in 2009. Six markets are included in the 2012 release — Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area. These reports are part of the CHCF California Health Care Almanac.
2009 Edition — Health Care Almanac Regional Markets Study
This is the first round in CHCF’s Regional Market Series. Six markets are included in the 2009 release — Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland/San Francisco, Riverside/San Bernardino, Sacramento, and San Diego. These reports are part of the CHCF California Health Care Almanac.
2016 Edition — Health Care Almanac Regional Markets Study
This is the third round in CHCF’s Regional Market Series; CHCF published the first set of regional reports in 2009. Seven markets are included in the 2016 release — Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside/San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area. These reports are part of the CHCF California Health Care Almanac.
Honoring Leah Zallman (1979–2020)
Health Equity, Medi-Cal
We were very saddened to hear about the passing of Leah Zallman on November 5, 2020. Leah was a valued partner, conducting research at the intersection of immigration and health care that powerfully countered anti-immigrant policy and rhetoric. We will endeavor to carry forth Leah's humility, passion, and vision for creating a more just society.
Recontracting Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans
In 2021 the California Department of Health Care Services will begin the process of recontracting with Medi-Cal managed care plans (often referred to as procurement). It's a critical opportunity to use new financial incentives and oversight measures to improve quality and access to care for Medi-Cal members.