Protecting & Continuing California’s Progress

Health Access California and Health Access Foundation celebrated their 30th anniversary on December 13th, 2016, with a Symposium focused on Protecting & Continuing California’s Progress. Scheduled right after the election, it provided a platform to launch the work for the following year with a clear sense of the challenges and opportunities in a new political landscape.

View the printed program here.



Joan Pirkle Smith, Chair, Health Access California Board of Directors

Opening Remarks

Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California and Health Access Foundation

Featured Speakers

The Honorable Senator Dr. Ed Hernández, O.D., Chair, Senate Health Committee
The Honorable Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee

Panel Discussion and Q&A
The New Context: Protecting and Ensuring Access & Affordability

Moderator: Tam Ma, Legal and Policy Director, Health Access
• Alma Hernández, Executive Director, SEIU State Council
• Dr. Sandra R. Hernández, President & CEO, California Health Care Foundation
• Edwin Park, Vice President for Health Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
• Amanda Wallner, Director, California LGBT Health & Human Services Network


Marty Lynch, Chair, Health Access Foundation Board of Directors


Secretary Diana S. Dooley, California Health and Human Services Agency

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Defense and Offense: Protecting Consumers & Advancing a Healthier and Equitable California
Moderator: Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of Healthy California, The California Endowment
• Peter Lee, Executive Director, Covered California
• Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
• Sara Flocks, Policy Coordinator, California Labor Federation
• Ronald Coleman, Government Affairs Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center