Advocacy

About Advocacy

Through our advocacy work, we give hospitals the tools, skills and support they need to make their vision happen. We empower you with the scale of our membership, represent your concerns and priorities, press for recognition of your needs, and insist on the importance of your voice in public policy.

Safe Holidays; Ballot Initiatives Update

Staying Safe During the Holidays As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re reminded to pause and reflect on all that for which we are thankful. I’m grateful for the unwavering commitment of our hospitals to keep Southern California residents healthy and safe, and I’m hopeful that their dedicated staff will spend much-needed time with loved […]

Thank You to Vets; $25 Minimum Wage Election Updates

Today, we honor the selfless service and sacrifice of our veterans and active-duty military. Millions of men and women have courageously answered the call to serve our nation by protecting our country and preserving our freedoms — such as the ability to express our ideals in the democratic process. We are humbled by your service […]

Updates: Unequal Pay, NHF Arleta Project, PREP Report

As fall fast approaches, so far this year has again seen new challenges for our member hospitals as they recover from the frenetic and tireless work over the last two-plus years. It’s with pride that I express my empathy and gratitude for this difficult work — and my pleasure in sharing recent accomplishments that wouldn’t […]

Suicide Prevention Month: Stop the Stigma of Seeking Care

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies and community members are united in promoting suicide prevention awareness. This month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is highlighting its “Together for Mental Health” campaign to advocate for enhanced mental health care, including promoting the new 988 Suicide and Crisis […]

Welcome to New NHF CEO; Minimum Wage Initiative Update

HASC Welcomes Dr. Felita Jones After an extensive executive search, I’m delighted to announce that Dr. Felita Jones started this week as President/CEO of National Health Foundation (NHF). Dr. Jones brings many years of leadership experience in nonprofit management, community outreach, fund development, health, behavioral health and social services. She is well positioned to lead […]

My SoCal Hospitals Campaign Supports HASC Members

For the last two-plus years, Southern California hospitals and frontline staff have cared for hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 patients and encountered millions of inpatient stays and emergency department visits – all while enduring an onslaught of obstacles. Now, more than half of the state’s hospitals are operating in the red and their care staff […]

L.A. City Moves to Adopt Unequal Pay Ordinance

You’re likely aware that the SEIU-UHW union has filed nine risky and inequitable ballot initiatives in nine Southern California cities, aimed for the November 2022 ballot. The cities are Los Angeles, Downey, Inglewood, Long Beach, Monterey Park, Culver City, Baldwin Park, Duarte and Lynwood. The measures would set new, arbitrary pay requirements for some health […]

Support the Campaign Against Unequal Pay

HASC is asking members to formally join the campaign to oppose the unequal pay measures aimed for the Nov. 2022 election. The SEIU/UHW has filed ballot initiatives in 10 Southern California cities that would set a new $25 per hour minimum wage for certain workers at private hospitals, hospital-based facilities and dialysis clinics. However, we believe […]

Adena Tessler Named Regional Vice President of Los Angeles County

Adena Tessler joined HASC’s advocacy team in February as regional vice president, Los Angeles County. Adena spent the past 16 years working in advocacy, public relations and crisis management for many private and public entities. Prior to her consulting work, she was chief legislative deputy to Los Angeles City Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski. In her new […]