ROLE: To handle unanticipated, time-sensitive issues that warrant short-term management and resolution. Once resolved, the workgroup(s) would discontinue.

Behavioral Health Workgroup (reports to Government Programs)

Chair: Sara Gavin, Chief Behavioral Health Officer, COmmuniCare Health Centers
Staff: Liz Oseguera, Associate Director of Policy
Support Staff: Marisa Melendez, Senior Administrative Assistant

  • Monitor implementation of the behavioral health Medi-Cal managed care carve in and address outstanding issues with the system transition as they arise
  • Keep members informed of the moving parts in the behavioral health expansion and identify ways to improve the system of care
  • Monitor the development and implementation of the 1115 Waiver Drug Medi-Cal amendment and report to 1115 Waiver work group
  • Inform policy recommendations and priorities related to behavioral health integration

Health Professions Education & Training (HPET) Workgroup (reports to Workforce Committee)

Chair: Dr. Benjamin Morrison, CMO Community Medical Centers
Staff: Madeline Anderson, Program Coordinator, Health Professions Education
Support Staff: Nicole Key, Sr. Administrative Assistant

  • Identify overarching patterns and structural or system-level barriers to training primary care, behavioral health, and oral health professionals in community health centers
  • Provide direction and guidance to staff regarding the development of comprehensive trainings, resources, and strategic workforce plans for CHCs desiring to implement or sustain health professions education programs or partnerships
  • Strategize the development of partnerships with community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities to recruit and retain students from rural and underserved communities who have a strong desire to pursue a career in a community health center

Licensing/OSHPD 3 Workgroup (reports to Government Programs)

Chair: David Lavine, Policy/Comms. Director, Health Alliance of Northern California (HANC)
Staff: Trong Le, Assistant Director of Policy
Support Staff: Marisa Melendez, Senior Administrative Assistant

  • Identify health center challenges related to licensure, including the application process and requirements, and solutions to mitigate such challenges
  • Mitigation efforts may include seeking clarification and/or negotiating with CDPH and OSHPD, challenging existing requirements through the state’s regulation process, and when necessary, supporting legislation to change the law

Pharmacy Workgroup (reports to Legislative Committee)

Chair: Tim Fraser, VP of Government Affairs, Health Center Partners of Southern California
Staff: Andie Patterson & Beth Malinowski
Support Staff: Marisa Melendez

  • Discuss the transition of pharmacy benefit from Medi-Cal managed care
  • Strategize how to preserve 340B resources
  • Vet and develop solutions to preserve 340B resourcs
  • As needed, explore and provide direction to staff regarding other physician licensing and billing challenges involving the California Medical Board and/or Department of Health Care Services.

Supporting Black Communities Workgroup (reports to SPARC)

Chair: Dr. Hakeem Adeniyi, CMO, SNAHC
Staff: Liz Oseguera, Associate Director, Policy
Support Staff: Mara Melendez, Sr. Administrative Assistant

  • Keep members informed of CPCA’s activities to address the health inequities and social disparities black communities are facing, including activities with state and federal partners.
  • Monitor policy developments relating to addressing the health and social inequities facing black communities and policies that uplift the health and well-being of black communities
  • Inform CPCA policy recommendations and priorities to meet the needs of, and support, black communities

Unity Workgroup

Chair: Sherry Hirota, CEO, Asian Health Services
Staff: Ginger Smith, VP of Member Relations
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • Build unity among members while respecting differences/diversity of perspectives.
  • Reflect on what works and what processes can be improved through collaboration and communication. 
  • Improve processes that facilitate overall effectiveness of Association mission, advocacy, and achievement of strategic goals.