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The Children’s Trust: A Plan to Create Health Equity for All California Children

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
9:15am - 12:00pm PDT
California Community Foundation, Joan Palevsky Center
201 - 281 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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The ongoing crisis of family separation at our nation’s borders has special implications and specific impacts here in Southern California. We know that many of you in the philanthropic and public sectors are looking for ways to remedy the situation. As a result, we would like to extend the invitation to all guests and members of the LA Partnership to engage in a special conversation on this topic.

Next Wednesday, July 11th, beginning at 9:15 am, we will host a conversation and update on the latest concerning the family separation crisis. We hope those of you who are already funding ways to mitigate the crisis will come to provide information on your work, and those of you interested to learn more about it will also join us.

We will then take a short break at 10:00 a.m. before we begin our scheduled conversation with speaker Alex Briscoe.

If you would like to join us at 9:15 am, we’ll have coffee and light breakfast available  If you have not already RSVP’d for the Wednesday meeting, please click this link or email Mary Kopp at [email protected].

Join the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment and Southern California Grantmakers to talk about an exciting new effort in early childhood, The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a bold new initiative to leverage the power of behavioral health supports and strategies—and the resources behind them—to achieve healthy development and health equity for all children in California. By expanding our definition of behavioral health, to include adverse childhood experiences, and changing how we finance and administer it, we can meet the developmental needs of all children, improve health outcomes, reduce stigma, address inequity and reinvent California’s child-serving systems.

For the first time in our state’s history, almost all children (97%) are covered by health insurance with a behavioral health benefit. These supports, which influence a person’s behaviors and life choices to affect their overall health and wellness, could be applied across all child-serving systems. Yet the majority of children do not access this benefit, resulting in significant unmet need. Currently, $2.5 billion of unspent county and state mental health funds are eligible for federal match. These resources create an opportunity to generate significant new federal revenue dedicated to serving children living in poverty and close the gap between unspent public resources and unmet family needs.




Alex Briscoe, Former Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

Alex Briscoe was appointed Director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in 2009, overseeing health departments with an annual budget of $700 million dollars and 6,200 employees. Before joining the County, he was the Director of the Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School in West Oakland. Alex has served on the Alameda County First Five Commission, The Alameda Alliance and The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and The Uninsured, as well as a number of other public and private boards and commissions. He is a mental health practitioner specializing in adolescent services and youth development. He has advised or collaborated with a number of local and national foundations including The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The California Endowment and most recently with The Tipping Point Community. 



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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Members of the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, current SCG members and non-members eligible for SCG membership. If you have a membership question, please email [email protected]

Please register online.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.