November 20, 2018

CMA and PHC Launch Wildfire Relief Campaign to Support Impacted Physicians

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – The California wildfires labeled Camp, Woolsey and Hill have destroyed thousands of homes, structures and medical practices, as well as displaced thousands of Californians.

In response, the California Medical Association (CMA) and Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) have launched a donation page to help impacted physicians and their families.

"The full impact of the wildfires' destruction is yet to be seen, but the physician community needs our help," said CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D. "Physicians provide an invaluable service to their patients and neighbors so when they're displaced or their medical practices are destroyed, it creates a negative ripple effect throughout the entire community. CMA and PHC stand in support of its members, and we will leverage our significant resources to help rebuild their homes, medical practices and communities."

One hundred percent of donations will directly support relief efforts. To donate, please click on any of the enclosed links:

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August 7, 2018

PHC names Lupe Alonzo-Diaz as New President/CEO

Sacramento, CALIF. – Today, Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC), formerly the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation, announced that Lupe Alonzo-Diaz will lead the organization as President and CEO. Alonzo-Diaz replaces Jay Hansen, who left in June 2018 to become President and CEO of the California Foundation for the Environment and the Economy.

PHC is dedicated to improving community health, growing a diverse physician workforce and promoting health equity.

“I am thrilled to join such an exceptional team,” said Alonzo-Diaz. “The crucial work that PHC performs in public health, access to care and improving quality of care is essential to improving California’s health care delivery system, and I am determined to carry out the vision of PHC with enthusiasm and forward-thinking leadership.”

Alonzo-Diaz brings to PHC an impressive wealth of experience. Before joining PHC, she served as the Deputy Director of Administration for the California Department of State Hospitals, overseeing the agency’s daily operations of five state hospitals and a $1.4 billion budget and providing vision and leadership to the 11,000 employees and the patients they serve. Alonzo-Diaz also served in senior leadership roles with the Office of Statewide Planning and Development, the Health Professions Education Foundation and the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California.

“We are thrilled to add Lupe’s 25 years of extensive experience in the public and non-profit world to PHC,” said CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran. “Her unparalleled and tireless advocacy on improving California’s health care delivery system and bold leadership makes her a natural fit to lead PHC into a new era.”

Alonzo-Diaz also served as Legislative Advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, Senior Legislative Advocate for the Children’s Advocacy Institute, and Policy Analyst for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

“With health care delivery changing more rapidly than ever before, PHC is at the forefront of public policy discussions, education and awareness campaigns that will benefit physicians and their patients across the state,” said James T. Hay, M.D., Chair of the PHC Board of Directors. “Lupe’s innovation, passion for justice and leadership will prove an invaluable asset as we embark on existing projects and on new endeavors.”

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August 6, 2018

Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations Opposes Proposition 8 – the Dangerous Dialysis Proposition

Ethnic physicians join broad coalition of more than 100 organizations opposing measure that puts dialysis patient lives at risk

SACRAMENTO – Today, the No on Proposition 8 campaign announced that the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) has formally opposed Proposition 8.

NEPO is coalition of more than 40 ethnic physician organizations in California and joins a broad coalition of more than 100 health advocates including the American Nurses Association\California; California Medical Association; American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter; and other groups representing doctors, nurses, patient advocates, veterans, community groups, and health care providers because the measure jeopardizes access to dialysis care that patients need to survive.

“Prop 8 is dangerous for all dialysis patients, and particularly for communities of color who have a higher incidence of kidney disease, and who live in areas where access to dialysis care is already strained. By forcing dialysis clinic reductions and closures, Prop 8 jeopardizes access to care for patients who need this critical treatment to survive,” said Dr. Margaret Juarez, president of the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations.

Prop 8 sets severely low limits on what insurance companies are required to pay for dialysis care. These limits do not cover the cost of providing care, forcing many clinics to cut back services or even close, which would force patients to travel long distances to receive care or end up in overcrowded emergency rooms or even go without dialysis.

Patients on dialysis have failed kidneys and are very ill. Dialysis does the job of a patient’s failed kidneys to remove toxins from the body. Dialysis patients cannot survive without regular treatments, three days a week, four hours at a time. A single missed dialysis treatment increases the risk of death for dialysis patients by 30 percent.

Dr. Juarez continued, “Communities of color are at greater risk of requiring dialysis treatment in large part due to a higher prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure and especially lack of access to quality health care.”

According to 2016 data from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, African Americans are 3.5 times more likely and Latinos are 1.5 times more likely to develop kidney failure and need dialysis treatment.

An independent study by the state’s former Legislative Analyst and the economic think tank, Berkeley Research Group, found that only 69 percent of clinic operating costs would be allowed under this initiative. As a result, 83 percent of dialysis clinics in California would operate at a loss.

California dialysis clinics are highly regulated by federal and state regulators that provide quality reports on every facility. According to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, California clinics outperform other states in clinical quality and patient satisfaction. This dangerous measure makes no sense when California dialysis care is highly regulated and saving lives.

The Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) is a coalition of more than 40 ethnic physician organizations in California. NEPO’s goals are to strengthen the collaboration between ethnic physicians and community-based organizations to improve the health of their communities and address the issues of health disparities and access to care.

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