What They’re Watching: Walter Zelman, California State University, Los Angeles

Walter Zelman, Chair of the Department of Public Health at Cal State LA, joins State of Reform to talk about California’s upcoming legislative session. As a former Board member of LA Care Health Plan and Senior Health Policy Advisor under the Clinton administration, Zelman has deep knowledge of reform at the state and federal level.

“Every year people would come to me and say there’re so many bills this year, so many changes. This is the year of health reform,” said Zelman. “Finally, it occurred to me—every year is the year of health care reform in California.”

Zelman is watching the shift in payment strategies and delivery to focus on more population health-driven outcomes. He is leading the discussion on social determinants such as income, geography, and exposure to toxins and their long-term impact on health.