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Is Women’s Health Care At Risk?

Thursday, June 22, 2017
8:30am - 11:00am PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
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In the current political climate, we are facing the possibility of significant funding cuts and limitations to women’s access to health care services. How would reductions in care impact low-income women—many of whom already struggle to access quality, affordable health care? And how would this impact the broader community?

Please join us for a discussion with a panel of leading experts moderated by Jessica Yellin, former Chief White House Correspondent to discuss what’s at stake for our region and the nation. You will have the opportunity to dialogue and learn of potential opportunities for philanthropic engagement.


8:30 am Registration and Networking
9:00 am - 11:00 am Program


  • Susan Dunlap, President and Chief Executive Officer, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
  • Debra Farmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Westside Family Health Center
  • Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director, LA County Department of Public Health
  • Laura Jiménez, Executive Director, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
  • Surina Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Foundation of California



Susan Dunlap, President and Chief Executive Officer, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles 

Susan Dunlap's twenty year career with Planned Parenthood has included work with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America leading advocacy efforts in battleground states across the country, as well as with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California as a registered lobbyist ensuring that California's public policy framework truly aspires to reproductive health and justice for all Californians. Prior to her work with Planned Parenthood, Dunlap worked as an award-winning producer for public radio. Dunlap is an accomplished public speaker and author who has been recognized and honored by numerous organizations, including the American Political Science Association, the California Legislature, and Equality California.

Debra Farmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Westside Family Health Center

Debra Farmer has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) for 18 years. During her tenure, she has overseen the expansion of primary health care services as WFHC transitioned from a small women's clinic to a Federally Qualified Health Center and a Patient Centered Health/Medical Home. Her previous professional experiences in California include stints at The Ahmanson Foundation and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. In addition to having served on the City of West Hollywood’s Human Services Commission, she is a board member of the Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of Clinic Mutual Insurance Company. At the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, she has served in various capacities including Board Chair. She is also a member of the California Primary Care Association, where she formerly served as Chair of the Board. Farmer has a BA in Political Science from Stetson University in Florida.

Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed. Director of the Department of Public Health for LA County

Dr. Barbara Ferrer leads the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health which works to protect and promote health and prevent disease in communities across the County. She oversees a budget of more than $900 million and directs a workforce of 4,000 public health practitioners. She is a nationally-known public health leader with over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher, and community advocate. Most recently, Dr. Ferrer served as the Chief Strategy Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was responsible for developing the strategic direction for critical program-related work and providing leadership to the foundation’s key program areas. Prior, Dr. Ferrer served as the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, where she led a range of public health programs and built innovative partnerships to address inequities in health outcomes and support healthy communities and healthy families.

Laura Jiménez, Executive Director, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Laura Jiménez is the Executive Director at California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. She holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego as well as a Master’s Degree in Ethnic Studies from the San Francisco State University. Jiménez began her career with the National Latina Health Organization in Oakland, California where she directed a girls mentorship program and coordinated two intergenerational conferences on Latinas, sex, and sexuality. She then worked as the Development Officer of the Dominican Women’s Development Center in New York City.  Throughout her work with both of these agencies, Jiménez worked with SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective as part of the Collective’s Management Circle, and then in March 2006, she became SisterSong's Deputy Coordinator. During her time with SisterSong, she co-coordinated two national conferences and established the Latina Encuentro – a gathering of Latina leaders in the Southeastern Region which has as a goal relationship building and leadership development of Latinas across the South.

Surina Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Foundation of California

Surina Khan has been a leader in the philanthropic and non-profit social justice sector for more than 20 years. Before being appointed CEO in 2014, she served as a Director in the Democracy Rights and Justice Program at the Ford Foundation where she shaped more than $30 million in annual grantmaking around the world to expand rights for women, LGBT people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and in the area of strengthening democratic participation and governance. Before that, she spent six years at the Women’s Foundation of California, serving as Vice President of Programs and providing strategic direction for grantmaking, strengthening the organizational effectiveness of social justice organizations and overseeing the Women’s Policy Institute, a policy advocacy training program for community-based leaders. She previously served as Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, where she worked to advance the human rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Jessica Yellin (Moderator), former Chief White House Correspondent

Jessica Yellin (Moderator) is the Emmy and Gracie award winning former Chief White House correspondent for CNN. She has interviewed Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and more. Yellin has covered Capitol Hill, domestic politics, state and national elections, the culture wars and issues facing women in the workplace. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Details, Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. She is serving a fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communications Leadership and Policy.


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