Convening — Understanding and Improving Health Care in the Central Valley

Past Event
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
10:00am-2:00pm PST
The Grand 1401: 1401 Fulton Street, 10th Floor, Fresno, CA 93721

About This Event

From high medical debt to long wait times, Central Valley families report major challenges when it comes to getting the health care they need. The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) recently conducted a poll of residents in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, and Tulare Counties. The region’s top priorities? Reducing how much people pay for care. Making it easier to get mental health treatment. And better access to health care providers.

How do high costs and workforce shortages affect the health decisions that Central Valley residents are making every day? How are regional health system leaders working together to address the issues that are most important to residents? What can we learn from local organizations who are helping community members overcome barriers to health care?

Join CHCF in Fresno on Tuesday, May 14 for a short presentation on survey results, two discussion panels, and hosted lunch with stakeholders to explore local perspectives on health care challenges and opportunities in Central Valley communities

Panel 1: System Perspectives: How are health plans, hospitals, and clinics dealing with access and affordability?

  • Moderator: Diana Camacho, MPH, Senior Program Officer, California Health Care Foundation
  • Panelists:
    • Ryan Gates, PharmD, Chief Population Health Officer, Kaweah Health Care District
    • Jeffrey Nkansah, MPA, Chief Executive Officer, CalViva Health
    • Joel Ramirez, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Camarena Health

Panel 2: Community Perspectives: How are local organizations helping patients overcome barriers?

  • Moderator: Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado, News Director, KVPR
  • Panelists:
    • Sara Bosse, MBA, Public Health Director, Madera County
    • Kimberly Clark, Director of Programs, California Farmworkers Foundation
    • Genoveva Islas, MPH, Founder and Executive Director, Cultiva La Salud

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