The week of November 18, the Senate Energy, Utilities and
Communications Committee conducted an oversight
hearing to address recent public safety power shutoff (PSPS)
events, during which utilities intentionally shut off power in
certain areas at heightened risk of weather-related
The stigma around mental health issues and addiction is
incredibly powerful. Five California hospital behavioral health
program leaders share how they overcame their own personal
challenges — and
tell their stories to end the stigma.
California Hospital Association has issued the two
summaries, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, detailing
provisions of the calendar year 2020 physician fee schedule and
quality payment program final rule. The policies described
in the summaries are generally effective Jan. 1.
Tom Insel, MD, behavioral health advisor to Gov. Newsom, recently
sat down with CHA’s President & CEO Carmela Coyle to discuss
behavioral health care challenges across California. The two
health care leaders discussed fundamental areas that impede
access to care for millions.
On Oct. 22, Hospital Council’s San Francisco Section sponsored
the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Breakfast
with San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP).
Results of the 2019 CHNA were presented, and current programs
addressing the five priority health needs were highlighted.
The SFHIP described its three priorities: community healing,
economic inclusion, and food security.
“What else is possible if we align our efforts and strengthen our
collaborations?” attendees were asked, as they were challenged to
join SFHIP members in advancing health equity by:
Aligning their organization’s work to address the health
needs identified in the CHNA
Collaborating with SFHIP to work towards community healing,
economic inclusion, and food security
Sharing wisdom, experience, and ideas to contribute to a
citywide effort that is more impactful than any of the
stakeholders could be when working on their own
Attendees came from a wide range of government, hospital, health
care, and community-based not-for-profit organizations. Local
leaders in attendance included:
Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)
Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco)
Rafael Mandelman, SF District 8 Supervisor
Grant Colfax, MD, SF County Director of Public Health
Jeanine Nicholson, SF Fire Chief
Rachel Norton, SF School Board Director
Dan Bernal, SF Health Commissioner
Participants were encouraged to share the key content slides from
the breakfast presentations with their staff and colleagues and
use the CHNA data to inform their personal and organizational
Starting in February, Stanford Hospital will offer a special
forensic exam and counseling for sexual assault survivors.
The number of sexual assaults reported in Santa Clara County is
up nearly 60% compared to just three years ago. Despite the
drastic rise, there is currently only one location in the entire
county where victims can receive a forensic exam by specifically
trained nurses. (NBCBayArea.com)
The California Department of Public Health allowed Healdsburg
District Hospital to reopen Wednesday following a 24-day
shutdown that began Oct. 26 when the Kincade fire prompted
mandatory evacuation orders for much of Sonoma County.
The Guilds of Valley Children’s Healthcare announced today a $5
million endowment dedicated to transforming the health and
wellbeing of the Valley’s children through the establishment of
the Guilds Center for Community Health.
The Center will be the first of its kind in the Central Valley to
link clinical care, community partners and the healthcare
network’s current community health initiatives to improve the
health of children where they live, learn and play.
A new hospital and urgent care facility is proposed for Morgan
Hill. Kaiser Permanente is looking at opening a medical office in
the city. And the County of Santa Clara is preparing to remodel
the De Paul Health Center. (morganhilltimes.com)
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hospitals to act together on issues affecting patient care and
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multiple sectors to address health and quality of life challenges
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