5 Things California: County-led initiatives, 2020 legislative session, Social determinants

We are now two weeks away from our San Diego event, the 2019 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It’s the third of three events we host each year in California. And, since much of what we’re watching in California health care is going to be on the stage at State of Reform on December 3rd, we thought we’d feature some of the panels you’ll find on the agenda.  Have a look at what’s on tap.



With help from Emily Boerger
and Michael Goldberg


1. County-led initiatives and health reform

California’s counties play a unique role in the health care ecosystem, both traditionally and as a result of the current waiver. Our “County-Led Initiatives and Health Reform” panel at the 2019 Southern California State of Reform Conference will discuss county leadership playing out across the state, and will survey the results of that work.

Luke Bergmann, PhD, Director of Behavioral Health Services for San Diego County HHSA, and Andrew Gruchy, Deputy Director, Community Behavioral Health for San Bernardino County will offer their insights. Judi Nightingale, DrPH, Director of Population Health for the Riverside University Health System will also speak on the panel, and Catherine Teare, Associate Director of High-Value Care at the California Health Care Foundation will moderate the discussion.


2. Where technology is changing care delivery

Substantive changes in health care are being driven by health technology, but there is also a range of organizations with more promise than performance. So, which innovations will provide a meaningful difference at the system level? Our panel of experts will explore this question in detail, and look at what’s working and what might be simply talk.

Speaking on our “Where Technology is Changing Care Delivery” panel is Justin Wu, MD, Medical Director of Health Informatics & Solutions at Blue Shield of California, and David Wetherelt, Director of Business Development, Populations and Payment Solutions at 3M. Also speaking on the panel is Michael Keyes, VP of Health Plan Business Development at Collective Medical Technologies.

3. Looking ahead to the 2020 legislative session

One of the most popular sessions we host every year features capitol insiders who share their thoughts on the health policy discussions likely teed up for Sacramento in the next year. From developing the next 1115 waiver to Gov. Newsom’s plan for a “single payer,” this group of experts will discuss what is to come in California health policy.

This panel will feature Assembly Committee on Health member Asm. Marie WaldronDavid Panush, CEO of California Health Policy Strategies, and Bridget Gramme, JD, Administrative Director at the Center for Public Interest Law, USD School of Law.

4. Planning for an Aging Population

San Diego County has made preparing for and addressing California’s aging population a paramount issue through efforts like its Aging Roadmap. At the conference on December 3rd, we’ll discuss the planning and changes underway to prepare for an aging populace with some of the region’s most influential voices on the topic.

Joining the conversation will be Kimberly Gallo, Director of Aging & Adult Services for San Diego County. Robin Gomez, CEO of Alvardo Hospital Medical Center, and Kelly Ko, PhD, Director of Clinical Research at West Health Institute, will also offer their perspectives.


5. Integrating the social determinants into a risk model

Social determinants are important to one’s health status, but it’s not entirely clear what the delivery system might do with that knowledge. Our panelists will come to the issue from a variety of angles, and offer their insights on trying to address this challenge in the real world rather than in theory.

We’ll hear from RJ Briscione, Sr. Director of SDOH Strategy and Execution at Aetna, Amanda Schultz Brochu, Senior Director of Programs at San Diego Hunger Coalition, and James Cruz, MD, Principal at Health Management Associates.