In 2019, the California Department of Health Care Services released a comprehensive proposal to reform our state’s Medi-Cal program, California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM). Postponed by a year due to the pandemic, a revised proposal was released in January 2021, and implementation is now well underway. This multi-year initiative will require significant investments in network infrastructure, capacity-building, and patient outreach and engagement in order to be successful. Long term, it stands to fundamentally alter how crucial health services are provided, especially for many of the at-risk populations that philanthropy supports. Join this session to hear an update on implementation, what the experience has been like for partners on the ground, and how philanthropy can be a collaborative bridge-builder to support the process.
About SCG's Health Funders Group
The SCG Health Funders Group convenes multiple times a year to explore emerging issues in healthcare and health policy through an intersectional approach. The group hosts topic-based and peer-to-peer learning sessions. These facilitated sessions will provide a forum for updates on critical issues, highlights of promising programs, and opportunities for collaboration.
Executive Director, Medi-Cal/CalAIM, CalOptima Health
Kelly Bruno-Nelson oversees the agency’s main health plan and CalOptima’s development of the statewide California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative. Her key responsibilities include the development and implementation of CalAIM strategy and initiatives; strategy and outreach plans for Medi-Cal plan operations; development and implementation of Homeless and Street Medicine initiatives and programs; and coordination of all Medi-Cal business operations. She brings more than 25 years of experience serving vulnerable populations in Southern California. Prior to joining CalOptima, Kelly was President and CEO of National Health Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit working to improve the health of underserved communities. Her earlier career includes leadership roles at a nursing home and in hospital-based social work. Kelly holds a master’s degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in social work from University of Southern California.
Director of CalAIM, St. John's Community Health
Ann Milton has been a Registered Nurse for 2 years. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing at Los Angeles City College. In 2021, she worked with the Department of Public Health to ensure that People Experiencing Homelessness received the care they needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ann currently works at St. John’s Community Health as the Director of CalAIM, which employs over 30 case managers. Her primary passion is Public Health and Case Management. She is now studying to become a Registered Nurse Practitioner at the University of Texas, Arlington.
Associate Director, California Health Care Foundation
Melora Simon, MPH, is an Associate Director at the California Health Care Foundation. She serves a leadership role in the foundation’s People-Centered Care team — ensuring the organization’s effectiveness and impact within the CalAIM program and other transformational Medi-Cal initiatives that look to catalyze more responsive, equitable, and integrated services for Californians with low incomes.
Prior to joining CHCF, Melora worked as an independent consultant providing strategic planning, project management, meeting facilitation, and organizational support to health care organizations. She has previously held positions with the Pacific Business Group on Health, Health Plan of San Mateo, Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center, and McKinsey & Company