HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004



HEALTH ADVOCACY EVENTS UPCOMING

  • Post-Prop 72 Message Forum on December 17th
  • Health Actions Tomorrow, December 1st; Conferences This Week



As health consumer advocates begin to plan the next two years, with a new two-year legislative session, a new budget that will include “Medi-Cal redesign” and California Performance Review proposals, and a renewed conversation about health reform, the calendar is filling up.



Health Access is continuing to maintain the Health and Budget Advocacy Calendar, which includes information about public events of interest to health advocates, sponsoring by a range of organizations. You can see the calendar at:

http://www.health-access.org/calendarhome.htm

The calendar is not only for those who are interested in joining and attending these events, but also to help your organization’s planning in picking a date for its own events, to prevent scheduling conflicts. You can request that your event by publicized on the calendar by going to our website at:

http://www.health-access.org/calendar_request.htm

Below are some events of note. Check out the Health and Budget Advocacy Calendar for other events, including conferences this week sponsored by the California State Rural Health Association, and the California Association of Public Hospitals, respectively.



* Post-Prop 72 Forum on Message and Health Reform: Health advocates are invited to a special forum to learn the lessons about messaging from the Proposition 72 campaign. The forum will be on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17th, at 10am, at the Sacramento Convention Center.



“Voters, Values, and Health Reform: An Applied Message Forum for Health Advocates” will feature consultants and leaders from the Proposition 72 campaign, including Larry Grisolano from The Strategy Group and David Binder of David Binder Research. The forum will go over post-election polling to discuss who voted for the measure and why, the focus groups that helped shape different ways to talk about the health crisis, and the advertising that was and was not used. The forum is intended to help advocates become better equipped in future efforts on health reform.



Space limited and registration required. To register: contact Louise Jones, Health Access Foundation, ljones@health-access.org, or 916-442-0923.



* Major December 1st Actions on Hospital Quality: Nurses, hospital workers, and other health providers will be conducting a one-day strike, rally, march, and picket tomorrow to protest Governor Schwarzenegger’s attack on safe staffing nurse ratios for hospitals, to raise the standards for patient care, and to get Sutter Health to adopt reforms already in place at other hospitals designed to address serious staffing and worker related issues.



A rally will take place at 11am on the North Steps of the State Capitol, hosted by the California Nurses Association. A march will go from the Capitol at 12noon to Sutter General Hospital (L St. between 28th & 29th, near Sutter’s Fort). A picket will hosted by Service Employees International Union, Local 250. For more information, or download this flyer from CNA:

http://cna.radicalfusion.net/assets/1104_RatioRally_Flyer.pdf.



For more on the issues with Sutter Health, go to http://www.suttercorporatewatch.com/



* “Budget Allies” Meeting: Organizations concerned about budget cuts in health and other areas will meet to plan for next year, at a meeting on Tuesday, December 14 at 10 a.m. at the conference room of the California Labor Federation, 1127 11th Street, Suite 425.



* California Working Families Policy Summit: This conference is scheduled for Friday, January 7, at the Sacramento Convention Center. This half-day event is an important opportunity to preview policy proposals on a host of issues affecting Californa’s working families, including health and welfare, nutrition and physical activity, and child care. Many of the state’s leading advocates will share their priorities for the upcoming year, including Health Access. Register now as seating is limited. The invitation can be downloaded from:

http://www.ccrwf.org/working/index.html.



* Families USA Conference: The national health advocacy conference will be held from January 27-29, 2005, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, in Washington, DC. Among the topic discussed will be the major proposals of concern at the federal level with regard to Medicaid, Medicare, and health coverage in general. California advocates often hold an informal gathering during the conference to update each other as well. Register at:

http://www.familiesusa.org/.

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

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