Primary Care’s Essential Role in Advancing Health Equity for California
This report surveys the research linking primary care to improved health equity. It includes 14 example recommendations to strengthen primary care and to advance equity in California across five key areas.
April 6, 2023
CIN Webinar — Cultural Competency and Indigenous Communities
April 6, 2023
This discussion will provide historic and contemporary information about issues that impact the health of indigenous people in California with a focus on how federal and state policies continue to shape health outcomes.
A Game Changer for Street Medicine: Key Takeaways from New Medi-Cal Guidelines
In November 2022, California’s Department of Health Care Services shared an "All Plan Letter" that could make it easier for communities to establish, maintain, and fully leverage street medicine programs.This issue brief lays out the major implications of this new guidance, along with key issues that remain.
Advancing Behavioral Health Outcomes in Primary Care
The Advancing Behavioral Health Outcomes in Primary Care project is a learning collaborative of 14 CHCs with the goal of improving behavioral health outcomes, especially among Black, Latino/x, Indigenous, Asian Pacific Islander, LGBTQA, and non-English-speaking patients.
Investing in Primary Care: Why it Matters for Californians with Medi-Cal Coverage
Edrington Health Consulting
This first-of-its-kind study examines primary care spending by 13 Medi-Cal managed care plans and finds that greater investment in primary care is associated with better quality of care and a higher plan rating.
On the Wellness Curve, Focus on Primary Health Care Will Put California Ahead
May 2, 2022
Alice Hm Chen, Julia Logan
Health Care Costs
A first-of-its-kind study of primary care spending in California’s commercial health insurance market finds organizations that invest a higher proportion of spending in primary care deliver better care.
Investing in Primary Care: Why It Matters for Californians with Commercial Coverage
Dolores Yanagihara, Ann Hwang
This study measures primary care spending, as a proportion of overall spending, among commercial health plans and provider organizations (POs) in California. Among POs, more investment in primary care was associated with better quality, fewer ED visits, and lower total cost of care.
Access, Affordability, and Respect: California Poll Shows Benefits Associated with Having a Primary Care Provider
Rebecca Catterson, Lucy Rabinowitz Bailey
An analysis of poll findings reveals significant differences between insured Californians who have a primary care provider and those who do not across topics related to health care utilization, experience, affordability, and health behaviors.
More than 90% of Californians have health insurance, and yet millions still lack access to affordable, high-quality care. Strengthening primary care will help bridge this gap. Without a stronger and more robust primary care infrastructure, priorities related to California’s health care workforce, coverage expansion, and the California Department of Health Care Services’s ambitious transformation of the Medi-Cal program through CalAIM will fall short.