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In Focus: Health Care Reform - Improving Health Care for Homeless Persons

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
The Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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SCG members are leading the way in programmatic and policy efforts to better address health care and housing needs for homeless persons. 

Join your colleagues for the third session of SCG’s 2014 In Focus: Health Care Reform series featuring a panel of SCG members and experts in this field:

Participants will learn about current partnerships and innovative ways to address the needs of the homeless population, including opportunities to improve and coordinate health care services and housing through the Affordable Care Act.

Signed into law in 2010, the staged implementation of the Affordable Care Act is rapidly impacting communities that we serve. Recognizing the need to understand—and quickly adapt—SCG members met 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.

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:

Lindsey Angelats
Senior Program Officer, UniHealth Foundation

Lindsey Angelats is a Senior Program Officer at the Los Angeles-based UniHealth Foundation, an independent private health care foundation committed to becoming a pace-setter in healthcare philanthropy, supporting innovative activities, while provoking and sustaining changes that positively impact health. Angelats has over 10 years of health care industry experience supporting strategic program development and operations in both the private and public sector. She recently served as Acting Director of Healthy San Francisco at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, an innovative health access program for 50,000 uninsured San Franciscans.  In this capacity, she also served as Acting Administrator of San Francisco’s Low Income Health Program, part of California’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver.  Previously, she was the lead project manager for the implementation and expansion of the One-e-App web-based eligibility system for public benefits in San Francisco. Earlier in her career Angelats provided consulting assistance to nonprofit hospital strategic planners and supported the sustainable expansion of integrated services for children as a strategic planner at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford.  Angelats has a Master’s from the Harvard School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a certified Project Management Professional.

Mitchell H. Katz, M.D
Director, The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Mitchell H. Katz, M.D., is the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the second largest health system in the nation. Previously, he was the Director of Health for the City and County of San Francisco for thirteen years. Prior to becoming the Director in San Francisco, he served the Department in a number of positions, including Director of the AIDS Office and Director of the Emergency Medical Services Agency. He practices medicine as a primary care doctor at Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center.

Bill Pitkin, Ph.D.
Director, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Bill Pitkin oversees the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s domestic priority areas. He led the development of the Foundation’s strategy for addressing chronic homelessness in Los Angeles and continues to have direct oversight over that strategic initiative. Prior to joining the Foundation, Pitkin was Director of Research and Planning at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where he oversaw the publication of research reports and led a strategic planning process resulting in that organization’s 10-year action plan to fight poverty in Los Angeles. He also served as Executive Director at the Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation and Research Director at the Advanced Policy Institute in the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Affairs. Pitkin has published research articles and reports on topics including community and nonprofit technology, homelessness, and housing affordability. He has taught in the UCLA Urban Planning Department and the Urban Studies and Planning Program at California State University, Northridge. Pitkin received his Doctorate and Master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.

Molly Rysman
Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Molly Rysman works to create systems change and public policy that support solutions to homelessness and the supportive housing industry in Los Angeles. As the Director for CSH’s Los Angeles office, she oversees all of CSH’s training, lending, technical assistance, and systems change work throughout Los Angeles County. She is responsible for setting the direction and annual goals for the LA Program, and fundraising to cover the Program’s local costs. She also directly provides training, technical support, and advisement to numerous supportive housing providers and public funding agencies. Prior to joining CSH in 2012, Rysman served as the External Affairs Director for the Skid Row Housing Trust, one of the largest permanent supportive housing developers in Los Angeles. She collaborated on efforts to serve the most vulnerable individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in Skid Row, including Project 50, the Skid Row Collaborative, and Downtown Pathway Home. Rysman has also been a stouthearted advocate for underserved communities in Los Angeles, including serving as a Legislative Deputy for Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and working for the Liberty Hill Foundation. She earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Past Quarterly meeting topics:

June 25, 2014: Health Care Reform - Impact on the Undocumented with Jim Mangia, M.P.H., President & CEO at St. John's Well Child and Family Centers; Imelda S. Plascencia, Project Coordinator of Health Initiatives at the Dream Resource Center of the UCLA Labor Center; and Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences

April 30, 2014: Positioning the Safety Net in a New Health Care Environment with Brenda Solórzano, Chief Program Director with the Blue Shield of California Foundation


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

SCG members: register online. (You must log in to your SCG account to register online.)

Eligible Non-members: If you already have an SCG account, log in to register. If you do not have an account yet, contact us [email protected]

Space is limited. Participants are encouraged to attend all five meetings of the In Focus: Health Care Reform series.

If you have additional questions regarding this program, contact Tuly Martinez at [email protected].