For our 25th Anniversary, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our staff and our members in making health care accessible for California’s diverse population. We hope you will join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary throughout the year by sharing your story on social media with the hashtag #CPCA25, or by submitting your video to our 25th Anniversary video contest (see below).
IMPACT. ACCESS. INNOVATION. VALUE.
Community health centers have been innovating within the health care space since they began in the 1960s. The creation of the California Primary Care Association was an innovation of its own here in the golden state, when the community health centers here came together to form the organization in 1994. Since the beginning of the health center movement in California, there had never been a single group or organization that represented the interests of the state’s community clinics and health centers.
The early health centers that came together also made sure that membership into the organization was not limited to just FQHCs – regional consortia, as well as community and free clinics were able to join – truly innovative at the time, as most PCAs only included FQHC members. By 1995, CPCA membership included 57 clinic organization, including 34 FQHCs, representing an even larger number of clinic sites. An additional four CPCA members were regional clinic associations.
Since its inception, CPCA has acted as an advocacy vehicle for community health centers, representing the interests of California CHCs and their patients at the state and Federal level. Some of the most innovative legislation has come out of California as a direct result of the advocacy CPCA and our members have done including the Community Clinic Investment Act of 2000, expanding patient choice of culturally and linguistically competent providers, requiring the state to fully and fairly implement PPS for California FQHCs and RHCs, streamlining the licensure process for primary care sites, and securing budget allocation of $100M to expand primary care residency capacity in California
CPCA has also developed an innovative and robust training and technical assistance program to help CHCs thrive within the state and federal health care system. This includes the development of the Patient-Centered Health Home (PCHH) Initiative that was launched in 2012 and has led to PCMH recognition of 91 health centers over the past seven years. Additionally, CPCA developed the Capitated Payment Preparedness Program (CP3) with generous foundation support in 2016 to help health centers prepare for a transition to an alternative payment model.
Most recently, CPCA had taken a leadership role within the primary care workforce space and continues to lead innovative work within this space. This body of work includes producing reports, forming partnerships, leading coalitions, monitoring legislation, and developing new and innovative programs and strategies to address the workforce challenges today and prepare for the California health workforce of tomorrow. Among its most recently successful efforts, CPCA has been playing a key role in more broad-based coalition work that includes the convening of key stakeholders across sectors to find strategies and solutions in addressing our state’s primary care workforce crisis.
Additionally, CPCA has engaged in a number of innovative partnerships over the past 25 years. In 2001, CPCA become the lead PCA for Region IX and X Health Disparities Collaborative, a multi-year project to improve care and outcomes for chronic diseases. In 2009, CPCA secured funding from the California Health Care Foundation for the Accelerating Quality Improvement through Collaboration (AQIC) project and later that year created the California Safety Net Coalition to have a unified voice on HIE issues. In 2010, we partnered with the California Medical Association and the California Hospitals Association to form CalHIPSO to secure $34 million in HITECH funds from the federal government.
CPCA and our health center members have been working to innovate the health care delivery system for decades and look forward to the next 25+ years of innovation there will be in the future.