Last Updated Friday, February 20th, 2004

ATTACHED and BELOW is a calendar of public events of interest to California

advocates for the uninsured. The calendar will be updated on a regular

basis. To place something on this calendar, please e-mail the specifics to

Health Access (information below).

For more information on any event, contact the lead organization (in

parentheses). Given the activity in this area, this is not meant as a

comprehensive list, but a way for organizations to announce public events to

a broader audience, and a guide for organizations seeking to schedule their

own activities.


Sat. Feb. 21st:

o Health Care For All Meeting: “Winning Health Care for All in 2004: Many

Opportunities for Universal Health Care” Speaker: Don Bechler, Cahir, Health

Care for All, San Francisco. Come with your own ideas and discuss a plethora

of projects: SB921 (Kuehl) and how to get local legislators to co-sponsor

the bill SB921 (Kuehl) and how to build clinician support for the bill.

3:00pm-5:00pm Location: Home of Susan Cieutat, RN, MPH and Bob Markel, 531

Grove Street, San Francisco. Contact: Carla Woodworth 510-832-7134 or (CaPA)

Mon. Feb. 23rd:

o News Conference: “YES ON 56! Budget Hurt Real People-Enough is Enough!” A

coalition of Los Angeles community leaders is hosting a news conference to

support a comprehensive budget reform package: Proposition 56, The Budget

Accountability Act. 9:30am Location: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300

Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles. Contact: Gina Bowers 213-368-7412 or

310-291-5711 and Suzanna Trevino 213-353-1782 or 213-883-3185.

Tues. Feb.24th:

o Community Forum: “Band-Aids for Budget Cuts: What do deep cuts to health

and human services means for communities of color?” 9:30am-12:30pm. State

Building, Oakland. Contact: Sarah Mercer, CPEHN, 510-832-1160, (California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Latino Issues

Forum, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum)

Wed. Feb.25th:

o Conference: “Asian & Pacific Islanders’ California Action Network

Legislative Conference” A two-day conference for consumers, advocates, and

providers.10:00am. Location: Sacramento Contact: Trisha Murakawa, APICAN,

310-376-2236, (Asian & Pacific Islanders’ California Action


o Briefing: “The New Medicare Law: 2004-2005 Impact on Low Income People.”

11:30am-1:00pm. Location TBA. Contact: (Medpin)

o Rally: “L.A. Protest Against AIDS Program Cuts” Let’s send a loud message

to Governor Schwarzenegger: No Cuts to AIDS Programs! 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Ronald Reagan Building 200 S. Spring Street. Contact: Ruel Nolledo

213-201-1378 or (Being Alive).

Thurs. Feb.26th:

o Community Forum: “Band-Aids for Budget Cuts: What do deep cuts to health

and human services means for communities of color?” 10:00am-1:00pm.

Location: UC Center, 550 E. Shaw, Fresno. Contact: Sarah Mercer, CPEHN,

510-832-1160, (California Pan-Ethnic Health Network,

Latino Issues Forum, Fresno Health Consumer Center, Fresno Center for New


o Community Forum: “Band-Aids for Budget Cuts: What do deep cuts to health

and human services means for communities of color?” 11:00am-1:30pm.

Location: Tubman Chavez Community Center, 415 Euclid Ave. San Diego.

Contact: Sarah Mercer, CPEHN, 510-832-1160, (California

Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Latino Issues Forum, California Black Health

Network, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Union of Pan Asian


o Rally: “Fight to Protect Seniors and People Living with Disabilities”

Proposed budget cuts will result in 75,000 seniors and people living with

disabilities losing the vital health services they require, and either being

forced into under-funded nursing homes or left with no care at all.

11:30am-1:00pm Location: Ronald Reagan Building 300 South Spring St., Los

Angeles, Ca. Contact: Julian Andre 213-385-0749 or

o Board of Supervisors Budget Committee Meeting: “Welfare of Families and

Children Needs to be Budget Priority!” Coalition For Ethical Welfare Reform

(CEWR) has encouraged Supervisor Sophie Maxwell to sponsor a Budget

Committee Hearing to address the issues that CalWORKs timed-off families

have faced and to encourage new safety nets for those who will. 1:00pm

Location: City Hall Room 279, San Francisco. Call Coalition For Ethical

Welfare Reform (CEWR) 510-239-0161 x11.

o Candlelight Vigil: “Support Measure A” 7:00pm Location: Highland Hospital,

Oakland. Contact: Carla Woodworth 510-832-7134 or (CaPA)

Fri. Feb. 27th:

o Minority Health Disparities Speaker Series: “Unequal Treatment Confronting

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care” Feature Speaker: Dr. Brian

Smedley from the Institute of Medicine, former Senior Program Officer of the

Study Panel that issued the report on unequal treatment of racial/ethnic

minorities. 12:00pm-1:00pm. Location: Room 1357 of the Gonda Building on the

UCLA Campus (Parking lot 9: Lunch will be provided. Contact:

(310) 206-5162, or , or email at: RSVP by 2-24-04 (UCLA Center on Minority Health Disparities)

o Minority Health Disparities Speaker Series: Opening of The UCLA Center for

Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health

Disparities CRETSCMHD. 3:00pm-5:00pm. Location: UCLA J.D. Morgan Athletic

Center Press Room, 325 Westwood Plaza. Contact: (310) 206-5162, or , or email at: RSVP by

2-24-04 (UCLA Center on Minority Health Disparities)


Tues. March 2nd:

o Election Day. Presidential Primary. Other primaries for state and national

offices. Proposition 56: Budget Accountability Act on the ballot.

Thurs. March 4th:

o Action Day: Health Care Action Day. The “action day” is designed to fuel a

growing movement for a national insurance plan that covers everyone.

Activist will highlight the outrage workers feel about paying more for their

health benefits. Hundred of thousands of workers and community activists

across the country will wear stickers, hold rallies, and do creative actions

to demonstrate their outrage about Bush’s Medicare sellout and promote

health care for all. For more information: (Jobs with Justice).

Fri. March 5th:

o Community Forum: “Budget Cuts: “What do deep cuts to health and human

services mean for the Central Coast?” Speakers include Jean Ross,

California Budget Project and Teresa Favuzzi, CA Foundation of Independent

Living Centers. Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church, Salinas. For

more information, contact: Denika Dallimore, Central Coast Center for

Independent Living, 831-757-2968 ext *819,

o Legislative Hearing: Impact of the Governor’s Proposed Budget Cuts. The

State Legislative Joint Committee to develop a master plan to end poverty in

California. 11:30am-4:00pm Location: Los Angeles Valley College 5800 Fulton

Avenue, Monarch Hall. Contact: Office of Senator Richard Alarcon

818-901-5588 or (Senator Richard Alarcon)

o Town Hall Meeting: “SAVE ADAP” Town Hall Meeting and Lobby Day Training.

Time: TBA Location: Bienestar /East Los Angeles Office.

Mon. March 8th:

o “SAVE ADAP Rally” AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) clients, HIV/AIDS

advocates, other health agencies and community members will rally to urge

the Governor and Legislature to provide the funding needed to ensure access

to lifesaving drugs. 10:00am. Senate Budget Committee Hearing at 2:30pm.

South steps of the State Capitol, Sacramento. To register, please send an

email with your name, agency name (if applicable), address, phone number,

and email address if available to (San Francisco AIDS


Tues. March 9th:

o Conference: “Making Managed Care Work” A two day conference for consumers,

advocates, and providers. Speakers include Lesley Cummings, director of the

Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention

Center, Burbank. 9:00am-5:00pm. For information, contact: Nancy Kay Hunt at

213-487-7211 ext 20 or to reserve your space. (Western Center

on Law and Poverty)

o Debate: Single Payer Debate. Speaker: Don McCanne, MD. Location:

University of California, Irvine. Contact: Carla Wodworth 510-832-7134 or (CaPA)

Wed. March 10th:

o Conference: “Making Managed Care Work” A two day conference for consumers,

advocates, and providers. Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center,

Burbank. 9:00am-3:30pm. For information, contact: Nancy Kay Hunt at

213-487-7211 ext 20 or to reserve your space. (Western Center

on Law and Poverty)

o Town Hall Meeting: “Healthcare is Our Economic Human Right” 2:00pm.

Location: 635 22nd Street at MLK, Oakland. Contact: 510-415-7379.

o Coalition Meeting: “California Medicare Coalition meeting.” Learn more

about the Medicare-approved drug discount card program from Bonnie Burns,

nationally recognized expert in health care consumer issues. 10 am-12pm.

Location: Northern California: Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Building, 5380 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento. Southern California: Alzheimer’s

Association Training Center, 5900 Wilshire Blvd (located in the People’s

Bank Building on Wilshire @ Ogden), Suite 1700, Los Angeles. For more

information, 916-231-5110 (California Health Advocates).

Thurs. March 11th:

o Conference: “Using Race and Ethnicity Data to Eliminate Health

Disparities” A one-day conference to examine and discuss race and ethnicity

data and how it might be used to improve the diversity of the medical

professions, target prevention efforts, and make health care more culturally

appropriate. 10:00 am-3:00pm. Location: James Irvine Foundation Conference

Center at the East Bay Community Foundation, 353 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Plaza A

& B, Oakland. For information, contact Marty Martinez at 510-832-1160 or (California Pan-Ethnic Health Network)

Mon. March 15th:

o Conference Call: “Planning Your Town Hall Meeting on the Budget,”

check-in call for advocates involved in organizing April town hall meetings

on the state budget deficit and cuts to health and human services. Ask

questions, share ideas, initiate or join the organizing of a Town Hall

meeting in your area. 2:00pm-3:00pm. Call-in number: TBA. For

information, contact Jessica Rothhaar at 510-873-8787 ext 107 or (Save the Safety Net Coalition)

Tues. March 16th-17th:

o Nonprofit Policy Days: Join with your colleagues in the leadership of

California’s nonprofit and philanthropic sector for “Taking Charge!” CAN

Policy Days 2004. Sheraton Grand. Sacramento. For more information, contact

916-402-1335 or (California Association of Nonprofits

and its CAN Policy Council, with Southern California Association for

Philanthropy and Northern California Grantmakers.)

Wed. March 17th:

o Legislative Briefing: Immigrant Rights Legislative Briefing at the

Capitol. 9:30am-11:00pm. Room TBA. Contact: Jeannette Zanipatin, Statewide

Policy Analyst 916-448-6762 ext. 202 or (California

Immigrant Welfare Collaborative)

o Legislative Visits: “Immigrant Day.” Lobbying specifically for the rights

of immigrants. Contact: Jeannette Zanipatin, Statewide Policy Analyst

916-448-6762 ext. 202 or (California Immigrant Welfare


o Rural Communities Advocacy Day. State Capitol, Sacramento. (California

State Rural Health Association)

Thurs. March 18th:

o Conference: “Protecting Priorities in Uncertain Times.” A one-day

conference by the CA Budget Project featuring workshops and plenaries

examining the state budget crisis and policy issues within the context of

the new political environment. Speakers include Health and Human Services

Secretary Kim Belshe. 8:00am-5:00pm. Sacramento Convention Center. For more

information, contact or check out the website (California Budget Project)

o Forum: “Zay Gezunt: The Jewish Coalition for Healthcare For All” To answer

questions about how universal healthcare coverage would work under the

Health Care For All Californians Act. The forum is open to all, no charge.

7:00pm. Location: Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles.

Contact 310-552-2007 or

Tues. March 23rd:

o Advocacy Day. Sacramento. (California Interfaith Coalition)

Wednesday, March 31st:

o Town Hall Meeting: Bay Point residents to voice their concerns about

health and healthcare to the county’s top health department officials.

6:00pm – 8:30pm. Location: Ambrose Recreation and Park District

Multi-Purpose Room, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Spanish translation,

free childcare and light dinner available. Contact: Carlos Torres, (925)

518-4259, (Bay Point Partnership for the Public

Health & Contra Costa Health Services)


Thur. April 1st – Sun. April 11th:

o Legislative Easter Break: State legislators are in their districts!

o Town Hall Meetings on State Budget Cuts. Meetings are being organized for

this period in Fresno, Stockton, Hayward, Contra Costa County and Santa

Cruz. To find out a Town Hall meeting in your area, or for information on

partners & resources to help you in organizing one, contact Jessica Rothhaar

at 510-873-8787 ext 107 or (Save the Safety Net


Fri. April 2nd:

o Educational Forum: “Having Our Say” Educational forum on the platform for

Decision 2004. Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

9:30am-4:30pm. An Educational Forum on health policies of the Presidential

platforms for Election 2004. Members of community-based organizations and

networks of the Health Forum will discuss issues and concerns of AAPI

communities and will present these to representatives from the Republican

and Democratic parties. Also, from 6:30pm-9:30pm, there will bea Fundraising

Dinner honoring former APIAHF President and CEO Tessie Guillermo, featuring

testimonials, an audio-visual presentation, raffle prizes, and live music.

Location: Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, California. Contact: Michael Magnaye

Development Director APIAHF, (415) 954-9988 or

Sat. April 3rd :

o Topic: Recent Institute of Medicine Study: Insuring Americans Health.

Speaker: Sandra Hernandez, MD, CEO, San Francisco Foundation. 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Location: TBA. Contact: (Health Care for All-San Francisco &


Thurs. April 15th:

o Rally: Families and children rally against state and local budget cuts.

Location: San Francisco City Hall. Contact: Margaret Brodkin, 415-239-0161

or (Coleman Advocates)

Fri. April 16th:

o Gala: Public Health Institute 40th Anniversary Gala, Oakland

Fri. April 23rd:

o Legislative Breakfast. Santa Clara. (Community Health Partnership)


Sat. May 1st:

o Panel: Don McCanne, MD will represent CapA on three person panel.

Location: California State University-Long Beach Contact: Betty Ann Rauch,

AAUW Co-Program Vice President (AAUW)

Wed, May 5th:

o Cover the Uninsured Week to be launched at a national event starring Noah

Wylie. (Cover the Uninsured Week)

Fri. May 7th:

o Conference: “Expanding Employment-Based Health Insurance in California:

Senate Bill 2–Issues and Options.” (UCLA Center for Health Care Policy)

o Minority Health Disparities Speaker Series Workshop: “The Public Health

Disparities Geocoding Project: Monitoring US Social Inequalities in Health”

Featured Speaker: Nancy Krieger, Associate Professor of Public Health at

Harvard. Possibility that Continuing Education credits (1 hour CE) will be

offer to physicians, nurses, psychologists, and MFCC/MFT/LCSWs. Lunch will

be provided to everyone attending. Contact: (310) 206-5162, or , or email at: RSVP by

2-24-04 (UCLA Center on Minority Health Disparities)

Mon. May 10th-Sun. May 16th :

o Cover the Uninsured Week, during which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

will air national television ads and sponsor 1,000 events around the country

“to make the issue of the uninsured a focus of national discussion.”

Planning has started for events in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los

Angeles. Check in at (Cover the Uninsured


Tue. May 11th-Wed. May 12th:

o Summit on Children’s Health. Sacramento. (Community Health Councils)

Wed. May 12th:

o Senior Rally. Sacramento. (Several major senior organizations, including

AARP, Older Women’s League, Gray Panthers, Congress of California Seniors,

and others.)

o Coalition Mobilization: “Hunger Action Coalition Mobilization” Location:

Sacramento. For more information, contact,

510-834-3663 ext 307.

Wed. May 17th:

o Legislation Visits: “Immigrant Lobby Day” 8:30am-2:00pm. Location

Sacramento. Contact: Jeannette Zanipatin, 916-448-6762 ext. 202 or (California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative)

o Education and Advocacy: “AIDS Watch” Join the largest annual

constituent-based federal HIV/AIDS advocacy and education event in the U.S.

Participants include people living with HIV and AIDS and their Families,

care providers, other advocates. For more info, contact Ruel Nolledo

213-201-1378 or


o Governor Schwarzenegger Announces May Revision of Budget.

Wed. May 26th:

o 10th Annual Rural Minority Health Conference. Sheraton Harbour Island

Hotel. San Diego. For more information, contact Rosemary McKenzie at (816)

756-3140 or (The National Rural Health Association)


Fri. June 18th-Sun. June 20th:

o Founding Convention On Ending Poverty in California. California’s first

annual statewide poverty convention, convened by Senator Richard Alarcón,

Co-Chair of the Joint Committee for the State Senate and Assembly to Develop

a Master Plan to End Poverty, and organizational partners. University of

Southern California in Los Angeles (USC). $25 registration fee (full

scholarships available to all qualified applicants). For reservations, log

on to or call (818) 725-7900. Reservation

deadline is May 31, 2004. (California Dream Foundation)

Sat. June 19th:

o March Across Golden Gate Bridge for Health Care, possibly featuring the

Democratic Presidential Candidate. Signs are not allowed on the bridge as

they could fly into traffic or into the bay. For more information, contact:

Jessica Rothhaar 510-873-8787 ext 107 or


Tue. Nov. 2nd:

o Election Day: Presidential Race. U.S. Senate Race. California legislative

races. SB 2 Referendum.

For more information or to add updates, contact Health Access:

In Sacramento: Anthony Wright, Executive Director, at 916-442-2308, or, or 1127 11th Street, Suite 234, Sacramento, CA


In Northern California: Jessica Rothhaar, Regional Organizer, at

510-873-8787, ext. 107, or, or 414 13th Street,

Suite 450, Oakland, CA 94612.

In Southern California: Idabelle Fosse, Regional Organizer, at 213-748-5287

ext. 229, or, or 3655 South Grand Ave., Suite

220, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Anthony E. Wright

Executive Director

Health Access

1127 11th St., #234, Sacramento, CA 95814

Ph: 916-442-2308, Fx: 916-497-0921

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
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