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Weakening the Safety Net: A Close Look at Title X

Thursday, February 21, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm PST
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Federally qualified health center provide essential health to underserved communities. Many of these centers receive federal dollars, known as Title X funds, for family planning services. In Southern California more than 125,000 people each year receive basic preventative health care services, including family planning.

A proposed rule by the US Department of Health and Human Services will strip funding from centers that make referrals to other providers for reproductive health.

Foundations and our nonprofit partners are concerned about the significant loss of dollars to these health centers. If implemented, the rule could have a detrimental impact on youth and families in need of health services in our region.

Why should funders care? 

  • Californians deserve access to basic health services.
  • Preventative health care saves all tax payers money: children stay in school, young people can develop job skills and parents can support their families. 
  • A healthy community contributes to our overall economic vitality.


When one critical community service is under attack, all of the programs we fund for education and basic needs are impacted.  Come learn more about this essential program and how we, as a funding community, can support and maintain these crucial services. All funders, particularly those seeking to address barriers to health and equity through an intersectional approach, are welcome.

Speakers will discuss the potential impact of the Title X regulations on providers and patients across the state, County, and at the patient-provider level as it relates to the integration of quality family planning services in the primary care setting.




  • Warren J. Brodine, President & CEO, Eisner Health
  • Abigail Coursolle, Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program
  • Louise McCarthy, MPP, President & CEO, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (Moderator)
  • Julie Rabinovitz, President and CEO, Essential Access Health
  • Dr. Erin Saleeby, Director of Women’s Health Programs & Innovation, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services


Speaker Bios


Warren J. Brodine
President & CEO
Eisner Health

Warren J. Brodine is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, and has also completed coursework at Université Laval, Québec, Canada. Since 1996, Warren has worked in the primary healthcare field, at a state Primary Care Association as policy lead, in health centers in the capacities of Chief Operating Officer, Head of Innovation, and Chief Executive Officer, as well as in a national consulting practice. Prior to joining Eisner as CEO in 2017, Warren spent five years as Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center on the south side of Chicago and then launched his own firm in 2014 to assist health centers nationwide. Previously, he served on the board of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and on the board and executive committee of Advocate-Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. Currently, Warren serves as a board member for Healthcare LA IPA, Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers, and Plunum Health.


Abigail Coursolle, Senior Attorney 

National Health Law Program, Los Angeles

Abigail (Abbi) Coursolle is a Senior Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s Los Angeles offices. Abbi provides technical assistance, advocate training, and litigation support on a range of issues, with a special focus on access to care Medicaid managed care, prescription drug access, behavioral health access, LGBTQ health equity, and children’s health issues. Before joining the National Health Law Program, Abbi was the Greenberg Traurig Equal Justice Works staff attorney at the Western Center on Law & Poverty. At Western Center, she led a 58-county project to enforce safety net laws for low income Californians and worked to implement policy changes within administrative agencies in order to fully implement health programs for low income individuals not eligible for Medicaid. Abbi’s legal and policy experience includes summer law clerkships with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis; the law offices of Hadsell, Stormer, Keeny, Richardson & Rennick; and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Before attending law school, she worked at the San Francisco nonprofit Planning for Elders, where she coordinated all aspects of project aimed at empowering low-income seniors and people with disabilities and engaging them in the policymaking and regulatory processes. While at Planning for Elders, she was selected as a fellow in the Women’s Policy Institute class of 2004-05. Abbi received a B.A. with honors in Chinese language and literature from Yale University, a J.D. with honors from the UCLA School of Law, and a Masters in Public Policy with honors from the UCLA School of Public Affairs.


Louise McCarthy, MPP
President & CEO
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

Louise McCarthy is the President & CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), where she represents the interests of LA area Community Clinics and Health Centers, and those they serve. Prior to taking this role, Ms. McCarthy served as CCALAC’s Vice President of Governmental Affairs for three years.  Before joining CCALAC, Ms. McCarthy was the Assistant Director of Policy for the California Primary Care Association, where she worked on statewide legislative, regulatory and administrative issues impacting California’s community clinics and health centers. She has also worked for the California Bureau of State Audits, conducting performance evaluations of state agencies, and for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, analyzing policies affecting the business community.  Ms. McCarthy is the Chair Elect of California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and the past Board Chair of L.A. Care Health Plan. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA School of Public Affairs.


Julie Rabinovitz
President and CEO
Essential Access Health

Julie Rabinovitz became the President and CEO of Essential Access Health in January 2011, an organization with a budget of $28 million that champions and promotes quality sexual and reproductive health care for all.  Julie provides strategic leadership to maximize the growth and impact of Essential Access Health’s umbrella of services including advanced clinical research, provider training, patient education and consumer awareness, public policy and clinic support initiatives. As the lead California administrator of the Title X federal family planning program, Essential Access partners with a diverse Title X provider network that collectively serves more than a million individuals annually at more than 368 health centers in 38 of California’s 58 counties. Prior to joining Essential Access, Julie served as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). Additionally, she has held important roles in several notable women’s health organizations including: Administrative Director of the Comprehensive Family Planning Program at the University of Illinois’s Chicago Medical Center; Program Director of the Office for Women, Family and Community Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; Program Administrator of Harvard Medical School’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and Legislative Advocate for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Julie earned a Masters of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University. Julie currently serves on the Board of the Family Planning Councils of America (FPCA).


Dr. Erin Saleeby
Director of Women’s Health Programs & Innovation
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Dr. Erin Saleeby received her Master’s in Public Health in Health Care Leadership & Prevention, and her Medical Degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2005. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and serves as Director of Women’s Health Programs and Innovation – Los Angeles County Department of Health Services since 2011 as well as Interim Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is Principal Investigator in LA County for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations Center’s Strong Start Initiative – MAMA’s Neighborhood (Maternity Assessment Management Access and Service Synergy throughout the Neighborhood for health) and Principal Investigator of an Office of Population Affairs grant for HIV testing Expansion and Bi-directional Linkage to care. She also participates in other national collaboratives such as National Contraceptive Quality Measures Workgroup and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. She has mentored many residents and fellows while she continues to lecture and conduct presentations worldwide on the subjects of: long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) intrauterine contraception, pregnancy prevention and innovations in prenatal care.

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