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Investments in COVID-19 Recovery and Public Health

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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Public health infrastructure underpins many important priorities — such as keeping the economy open and children in classrooms. California’s COVID-19 response confirmed that our health systems were ill-prepared for such a crisis, and public health officials know another crisis is not a matter of if, but when. Congress responded quickly to fund the initial pandemic response; however, long-term sustained funding is needed to create the public health infrastructure needed to protect against a number of growing threats.

Join us for a discussion of the current state of California’s public health infrastructure and the role impact investing can play to support and protect the long-term health of our communities. What are strategies to close financing gaps and direct additional dollars into investment opportunities in healthcare, prioritizing people who experience disproportionate access to healthcare (Black, Indigenous and people of color, older adults, people living with disabilities, and LGBTQ community members)? If you’re interested in helping to pave the way for a recovery that is inclusive and sustainable, this session is for you.


About This Series

This session is the second in a four-part Philanthropy California learning series for institutional and individual impact investors across California, sponsored by and partnering with RBC Global Asset Management. Additionally, the Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative is a statewide, place-based impact investing initiative that aims to bring together foundations, public funds, individual investors, and, eventually, corporations to align their existing investment portfolios with grants and loans that support affordable housing, healthcare, small business, and environmental justice in targeted communities.



Pablo Bravo, System Vice President, Community Health, CommonSpirit Health

Pablo Bravo is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the community health department at CommonSpirit Health. He has been with the organization for 16 years and has grown the community investment program from $35 million to $140 million and expanded the grants program to include a new social innovation partnership grants program. Pablo serves on Boards including Dignity Health Medical Foundation, Tehama ACH Investment Program, and Healthcare Anchor Network, to name a few. Prior to Dignity Health, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Baker Places, Inc., a large non-profit, community-based organization.

Cara V. James, PhD, President and CEO, Grantmakers In Health

Prior to joining Grantmakers In Health (GIH), Cara James served as Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she provided leadership, vision, and direction to advance the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CMS goals related to reducing disparities and achieving health equity for vulnerable populations. Before joining CMS, Dr. James served as Director of the Disparities Policy Project and Director of the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Dr. James is a past member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity.

Liz Rockett, Managing Director, Kaiser Permanente Ventures

Prior to KP Ventures, Liz Rockett ran health impact investing for Imprint Capital where she developed innovative capital strategies to improve health and strengthen the care system in the US for clients including Acumen America, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Packard Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Liz has a longstanding love of all things career development, talent strategy, and team culture. She serves on the boards of Big Health, Everytable, OssoVR, and KitCheck, as a board observer to Groups Recover Together, DexCare, and Omada Health, and as a member of the investment committee for Rock Health.

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Thank you to RBC Global Asset Management for sponsoring and partnering on this impact investing series.

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members and eligible non-members: family offices, private investors, foundations, institutional investors who are interested in learning about investments into enterprises and funds that generate financial returns alongside positive social and environmental impact.

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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.

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