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One Million More Californians Are Eligible for Coverage: Are We Ready for Medi-Cal Expansion?

Thursday, July 25, 2013
11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
This program is a webinar.
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Governor Jerry Brown has signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year that will expand Medi-Cal coverage to more than one million low-income and uninsured Californians, a key element of implementing the Affordable Care Act.

What will the legislation mean for philanthropy and nonprofits? Join California Philanthropy (Southern California Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers) and CalNonprofits for a California Policy Forum webinar on Medi-Cal expansion and the issues that will face our sector. 

Participants will get up-to-the-minute insights about the pending changes--and how the sector plans to respond--from three experts in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors:

  • Peter Long, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, one of California’s leading health funders working to prepare California for health care reform

  • Ellen Wu, Executive Director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, a nonprofit organization committed to achieving health equity for all Californians

  • Scott Graves, Senior Policy Analyst with the The California Budget Project, an independent policy analysis organization tracking and evaluating the legislative journey of Medi-Cal expansion

Moderated by Sandra J. Martínez, Director of Public Policy, The California Wellness Foundation, this webinar will feature a range of perspectives on the budget outcome of Medi-Cal expansion and what it means for philanthropy and nonprofits.


Scott Graves, Senior Policy Analyst
California Budget Project
Scott Graves has analyzed health and human services issues for the California Budget Project (CBP) since 2002. Prior to joining the CBP, he worked as a researcher in Austin, Texas, for the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, Consumers Union and the Public Policy Clinic at the University of Texas, Austin. Graves also was a California Executive Fellow and worked as a reporter for newspapers in Arizona and California. He received a doctorate in political science from the University of Texas, Austin.

Peter Long, President and CEO
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Peter Long, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. He served in leadership roles at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and The California Endowment. Long has extensive experience working on health policy issues at the state, national and global levels, and has written on a variety of health policy topics. He has served as executive director of the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, and as a legislative analyst for the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network in South Africa, during the country’s transition to democracy. Long received a master’s in health policy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; and a doctorate in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2011, he was inducted into the UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Hall of Fame.

Sandra J. Martínez
Director of Public Policy, The California Wellness Foundation
Sandra J. Martínez is director of public policy at The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF), where she oversees public policy activities as a means of advancing TCWF’s mission. She served previously as TCWF’s program director, where she oversaw grantmaking in special projects, and from 2002 to 2003, directed the final year of TCWF’s 10-year Violence Prevention Initiative. Previously, Martínez directed the Progressive Los Angeles Network and other community-organizing efforts at Community Coalition. In 2010, she was a fellow in the inaugural class of the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. Previously, Martínez served as a commissioner for the City of Los Angeles’ Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families, and as a community-funding Board member for the Liberty Hill Seed Fund. She has also served on the Boards of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Women and Youth Supporting Each Other as well as the California Child, Youth and Family Coalition. She holds an MPH from University of California, Berkeley and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ellen Wu, Executive Director
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
Ellen Wu has been the Executive Director of CPEHN since 2001. She received her Masters in Public Health from UCLA and serves on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, the Boards of the California Association of Nonprofits and the California Budget Project, and Oakland's Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. She also teaches health policy and public health at San Francisco State University. Prior to joining CPEHN she consulted with the Community Health Center Network, was a program officer at the Tides Foundation for the Community Clinics Initiative, and served as the  Director of Health Education and Cultural/Linguistic Services at the Alameda Alliance for Health.