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In Focus: Health Care Reform and its Impact on the Undocumented

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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There are an estimated one million undocumented Californians who remain uninsured since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. Join your grantmaking colleagues for the second session of SCG’s 2014 In Focus: Health Care Reform series, featuring experts on ACA and its impact on the residually uninsured, particularly undocumented populations:

In this interactive conversation, panelists will provide an overview of policy and provider service issues, including how immigrant youth and their families are impacted by lack of health care access due to their legal status. You’ll learn how community clinics work with low-income, undocumented Californians and how we can better serve vulnerable and unprotected populations in need of health care.

The staged implementation of the ACA is rapidly impacting communities that we serve. Recognizing the need to understand—and quickly adapt—SCG members have been meeting quarterly over the past year to hear from experts about pressing changes and exchange ideas about how funders can respond and prioritize emerging needs. Read more about past sessions in this series here.

Upcoming In Focus: Health Care Reform Program
September 10, 2014: Housing is Health Care: Opportunities to Improve Health Care for Homeless Persons
with Mitchell H. Katz, M.D, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS); Bill Pitkin, PhD, Director of Domestic Programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; Lindsey Angelats, Senior Program Officer, UniHealth Foundation; and Molly Rysman, Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)

About the In Focus Program Model
SCG’s In Focus program series convenes funders to learn about a specific topic, tackling an emerging trend or policy issue of concern to philanthropy. In this focused learning environment, participants exchange ideas about how philanthropy can address evolving issues and share updates about their work. By bringing funders together on a quarterly basis over the course of one year, In Focus provides a platform for funders to address key issues through collaboration and action.

Speaker Biographies

Jim Mangia, M.P.H.
President and CEO, St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers

Jim Mangia is the President and CEO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers, a network of a dozen nonprofit federally qualified health centers and school based clinics providing free medical, dental and mental health services to more than 180,000 patient visits in south Los Angeles.  Mangia serves as a State Commissioner on the State of California Workforce Investment Board and was appointed by the Governor as an Expert Advisor to the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force.  He is the Chair of the Public Health & Prevention Task Force for the California Primary Care Organization.  Mangia served on the LA Care Health Plan’s Board of Governors from 2008-2012 and was as a member of President Obama’s Health Advisory Task Force. Mangia is the founder of the South Los Angeles Health & Human Rights Conference and has built innovative partnerships with school districts, government agencies, community based organizations and schools to increase access to health care services and strengthen the healthcare safety net for impoverished and economically disadvantaged children and their families. 

Imelda S. Plascencia
Project Coordinator, Health Initiatives, Dream Resource Center of the UCLA Labor Center 

Imelda Plascencia is the Project Coordinator of Health Initiatives at the Dream Resource Center of the UCLA Labor Center. She currently leads the CIRCLE Project and the Healthy California Cohort; both of which address the lack of access and health resources for undocumented youth. Plascencia graduated from UCLA as a Chicana & Chicano Studies major and Education minor.  For the past 10 years, she has been organizing with the immigrant rights movement as a Queer Undocumented activist. Her work centers on intersectional organizing, healing justice and health access for immigrant communities.

Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Steven P. Wallace is the Chair and Professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and an Associate Director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (Center). Wallace is a national scholar in the area of aging in communities of color and has published research on access to long-term care by diverse elderly groups, disparities in the consequences of health policy changes on racial/ethnic minority elderly, and the politics of aging. His research covers older Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian-Pacific Islander Americans, and African Americans. He has also published research on immigrant health for more than 20 years.

Wallace is currently PI of a NIEHS-funded project to promote community-academic ties and promote community-based participatory research that addresses air-quality related health disparities. With support from the Wellness Foundation he has produced a series of reports on vulnerable elderly populations in California over the past several years. He has been Co-PI for seven years of the Coordinating Center for the NIA-funded Resource Centers on Minority Aging Research. The SCAN Foundation has recently supported his work on long-term care policy in California, and for more than 10 years he has been PI or Co-PI of several projects funded by The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation that provide community-based training on how to use data to advocate for improving access to care for underserved populations in California. He is a past chair of the Gerontological Health Section of APHA and a past chair of the Task Force on Health and Aging of the Association of Schools of Public Health. In 2000, Wallace received a Fulbright Fellowship to research and lecture in Chile, where he studied the impact of public policies on health equity for the elderly.

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and eligible non-members.

For eligibility requirements, click here.

SCG members:  you must log in to your SCG account to register online.
Non-members: if you do not currently have an SCG account, contact us [email protected].

SCG members: free
Eligible non-members: $100 per session