The group recommends institutionalizing voter mobilization and education as a government function, increasing Latinos’ access to capital to spur business and job creation, universal health coverage, more equitable COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and treatment, a...read more
Some providers, like those at health centers, have been trying to do more of their own testing, but struggle to get tests, said Carmela Castellano Garcia, the CEO of the California Primary Care Association, which represents the state’s health centers. While some have...read more
Carmela Castellano-Garcia from the California Primary Care Association discusses the role of community health centers in the age of COVID
Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO of the California Primary Care Association discusses the role of community health centers in the age of COVID. Listen to the entire podcast at Nation State of Playread more
The California Primary Care Association (CPCA), says its president, Carmela Castellano-Garcia, calculated that more than 205 of California’s 1,300 federally qualified clinics — which serve up to 7 million low-income and immigrant Californians — shut their offices at...read more
Carmela Castellano-Garcia, president and CEO with the California Primary Care Association, said 22 of the state's largest clinics are really hurting financially. "We are swept in the funding allocations that are not specific to health center needs. And so therefore...read more
Carmela Castellano-Garcia works with the leaders of many clinics that will benefit from the Health Net grants as the chief executive officer of the California Primary Care Association. “Our clinics are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to face...read more
But in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown, there are worries about the future of this neighborhood clinic and others like it. Community health centers ― which provide medical services for 1 in 6 Californians ― have been forced to cancel in-person patient visits, and...read more
“Our centers, which serve one-sixth of the state’s population, lost $350 million the first month because patient visits to centers declined 50 percent,” says Carmela Castellano-Garcia, chief executive officer of the California Primary Care Association, a...read more
Carmella Castellano-Garcia, president and CEO of the California Primary Care Association, said in an interview that losing the supplemental aid will destabilize and impose unnecessary financial hardship on California’s health centers, which she said are playing a...read more
Earlier this summer, in the face of an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the California Legislature took decisive action through the fiscal 2020-21 budget process to guarantee that California’s health care delivery system was not abandoned in the face of bleak fiscal projections.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle here.
The increased use of virtual care, or telehealth, has proven successful amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and its ongoing use offers long-term solutions as uncertainty remains over potentially multiple waves of COVID-19 and the timeline for a vaccine. It’s time to consider telehealth as a solution to improve medical and behavioral health access for low-income communities that have been hard hit by the pandemic.
Read more here in CalMatters
America’s leaders in all fields are at a crossroads, facing immense challenges with no easy answers.
How can we address the looming climate change crisis?
How do we ensure solvency for Social Security, so our growing senior population can live with dignity?
How do we rebuild our crumbling transportation infrastructure, without breaking the bank?
For health care, which truly is a fundamental need for all of us, one of our great challenges is how to make sure we have enough trained and qualified women and men to care for patients to address the increasing demand for health care services…
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