Community Care

About Community Care

Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play significantly affect their health risks and outcomes. Hospitals recognize and work hard to address these “social determinants of health,” such as housing instability, access to healthy foods and community violence. The community care programs offered by hospitals and their partners aim to reduce disparities in care delivery and health outcomes. However, they may only scratch the surface of deeper social factors affecting individual health outcomes. More focused state and federal policies are needed to make progress in addressing health care risks before they become critical needs.

Southern California Weathers Storm; Safety-net Hospitals Terminated

Weathering the Storm Over the weekend and extending into this week, California encountered record-breaking rainfall, with numerous repercussions for our member hospitals. In fact, here in downtown Los Angeles, we witnessed a remarkable rainfall event, with a recorded precipitation of 4.10 inches. This figure surpasses the previous daily record for February 4, which was 2.55 […]

Samantha Calvin on Essential Human Trafficking Training

In this In the Spotlight edition, HASC’s Teri Hollingsworth speaks with Samantha Calvin, PhD(c), who will co-lead HASC’s Essential Human Trafficking Training in Health Care workshops in 2024. Register now for the Jan. 19 event (Pasadena) or Jan. 23 event (Loma Linda). The workshops are open to HASC members, law enforcement staff, social services and […]

Apply for Bridge’s Emergency Department Screening Program

Bridge is now accepting applications for its new Emergency Department Syphilis/HIV/HCV Screening Program (EDSP). The organization invites all California hospitals with emergency departments (EDs) to apply.  In partnership with the California Department of Public Health, EDSP will provide EDs funding and technical assistance to establish or grow routine opt-out testing, treatment and navigator linkage to care for syphilis, […]

37 California Communities Funded to Implement Novel Community Health Approach

In a major effort to reimagine California’s health system, the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI) has selected 37 communities to advance an innovative approach to building community health and equity. Following a rigorous, multi-step review with 22 expert evaluators, the communities will implement an Accountable Community for Health (ACH). ACHs are sustainable platforms […]

Recuperative Care Forum Spurs Collaboration, Action

The Los Angeles Recuperative Care (LARC) Learning Network held its first-ever in-person event on March 23, 2023, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport. Presented with the National Institute for Medical Respite Care (NIMRC) and HASC, the forum was sponsored by California Health Care Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and UniHealth Foundation. One hundred attendees representing hospitals […]

Medi-Cal Redetermination to Begin April 1

During the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the yearly Medi-Cal redetermination process, in which enrollees confirm their eligibility, was put on hold. Enrollees were able to keep coverage regardless of their circumstances. With the end of California’s PHE on Feb. 28, however, the redetermination process will start April 1. Counties will contact Medi-Cal enrollees or send letters requesting information to see if they still qualify for coverage. HASC […]

LA Recuperative Care Learning Network Forum

Continental breakfast served at 8 a.m. On Thursday, March 23, the Los Angeles Recuperative Care (LARC) Learning Network will meet in person for the first time for this all-day forum. Over the last year, the LARC Learning Network has met virtually more than 20 times. These meetings are attended by recuperative care providers, managed care […]

The End of California’s PHE

February 28 marked the ending of vital state policy flexibilities under the public health emergency (PHE) that enabled California providers to meet the pandemic’s unprecedented health care challenges. Among other things, PHE includes waivers that have been critical in expanding patient care space to unlicensed settings, enabling hospitals to care for influxes of patients. Across […]

In the Spotlight: LA Partnership and Communities Lifting Communities

Focus on Homelessness in Los Angeles County is a joint initiative of Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) and the Los Angeles County Community Health Assessment and Action Partnership (LA Partnership) — a collaborative of more than 30 hospitals, health systems, public health departments and community partners. The initiative aims to address the region’s continuing homelessness crisis […]