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 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.
In 2023, SCG’s Health Funders Group will take a deep dive into CalAIM, using our quarterly programming to explore how the initiative will intersect with other issues of concern, including the healthcare workforce and clinic capacity-building, Black birth equity, street medicine and homeless services, and mental and behavioral health.
Join these sessions to hear updates on implementation, experiences of practitioners in the field, and ways philanthropy can be a collaborative partner in the process.
Achieving Black Birth Equity and Cal AIM
This webinar will focus on Black Birth Equity and its intersection with CalAIM. Black mothers are four times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than their white counterparts, while Black infants are three times more likely to die within their first year of life. Social and economic factors, racism, and chronic stress contribute to poor maternal and infant health outcomes, including higher rates of perinatal depression and preterm birth among Black women and higher mortality rates among Black infants. In this webinar, we will hear from State government leaders, funders, and community leaders addressing Black Birth Equity in their work and how philanthropy can continue to build on existing efforts.
2023 Quarterly Programming
Topics and framing subject to change based on SCG member input.
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.
Senior Program Officer, People-Centered Care and Learning & Impact, California Health Care Foundation
Amelia Cobb, MPH, is a senior program officer for CHCF’s People-Centered Care and Learning and Impact teams. She leads grantmaking to support maternal health as well efforts to advance equity across all CHCF’s portfolios of work.
Prior to joining the foundation, Amelia served as the manager for special projects in the Division of Policy and Strategy at First 5 LA, where she led several cross-organizational initiatives, including managing an $18 million Policy Advocacy Fund portfolio and serving as the Health Systems Team funding strategist for the Los Angeles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Initiative. Prior to First 5 LA, Amelia was president of the Wright Group, a social impact and human services consulting firm based in Washington, DC. She started her public health career as service fellow for the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Amelia earned a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from Howard University, and a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University.
Kim Pattillo Brownson
Director of Strategy and Policy, Los Angeles, Ballmer Group
Kim Pattillo Brownson joined the Los Angeles office of the Ballmer Group as the organization’s first Director of Strategy and Policy. Pattillo Brownson guides Ballmer Group’s county and state policy and advocacy strategy. In this new role, Pattillo Brownson will launch the organization’s early childhood grantmaking in California, and help design and lead LA’s county-wide regional collective impact effort. Pattillo Brownson is an appointee of Governor Gavin Newsom to California’s Early Childhood Policy Council, as well as the State Board of Education.
Prior to joining Ballmer Group, Kim led First 5 LA’s Policy & Strategy Division as the organization’s Vice President for Policy and Strategy, leading four departments and over 30 team members. Pattillo Brownson was responsible for strengthening First 5 LA’s profile, influence and impact on local and statewide early childhood education public policy, legislative and advocacy. In addition to overseeing grantmaking and First 5 LA’s relationships with local, county, state and federal policy makers and advocacy non profit partners, Pattillo Brownson also led First 5 LA’s external strategic partnerships, public policy and government affairs, and communications and marketing efforts to maximize opportunity for L.A.’s young children and families.
Pattillo Brownson previously served Advancement Project for almost a decade, and pioneered the organization’s children’s advocacy campaigns as the Managing Director of Policy and Advocacy. Advancement Project is a civil rights organization engaged in policy and systems change to foster upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. In this capacity, she led the Advancement Project’s policy and advocacy staff across Sacramento, Los Angeles and the Bay Area and provided strategic direction to their work on early education, school funding, and school facilities, public budgeting transparency, governmental relations, and state and local campaign advocacy.
Previously, Kim was an education attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, where she focused on educational equity in California schools. Previously, she worked in private sector litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Kim began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores Sloviter on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before law school, Kim worked at Boston Consulting Group, where she provided financial and strategic planning to Fortune 500 clients.
Pattillo Brownson earned a Doctor of Law degree from Yale Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies.
Dr. Sayida Peprah-Wilson, Diversity Uplifts, Inc.
Dr. Sayida Peprah-Wilson is both a Psychologist and Doula, with over 15 years of experience in both fields. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and perinatal mental health, and has practiced in community-based, in-home, psychiatric hospital and prison settings. An advocate for human rights in childbirth, she is a member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Movement Partner with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform the birthing experiences of black families. Dr. Sayida is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc., whose mission is to improve the well-being of women, birthing people, children and families and increase cultural competence and humility among providers who serve them. She also currently serves as a member of the DHCS Doula Medi-Cal Stakeholder and Implementation Workgroup Community Communications Advisory Team.
Chief Health Equity Officer & Assistant Deputy Director, Quality and Population Health Management, CA Department of Health Care Services
Pamela Riley, MD, MPH, is Chief Health Equity Officer and Assistant Deputy Director for Quality and Population Health Management at DHCS. She previously served as Medical Director at the District of Columbia’s Medicaid agency, and as Vice President for Delivery System Reform at The Commonwealth Fund. She began her career as clinical instructor in the Division of General Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, practicing as a general pediatrician at Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Riley earned a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley; MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and completed her pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. She received an MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy.