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Centering Equity in Health Care Delivery and Payment Reform: A Guide for California Policymakers


The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) with support from Families USA has published a groundbreaking report to urge California policymakers to address health inequities and racial injustice in the state. The report outlines six key strategies and 21 recommendation recommendations directly tying the California health care payment and delivery system to concrete improvements in health equity. The recommendations cut across the following six strategies:

  • Center Equity in Quality and Payment
  • Engage Patients, Families & Caregivers
  • Strengthen Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Care
  • Improve & Integrate Physical, Behavioral & Oral Health Care
  • Hold Health Plans and Systems Accountable
  • Improve Social Determinants of health

California policymakers now have a blueprint to enact bold policy solutions that will center the state’s health care system on health equity, reducing health inequities, and improving the health of all people across the state. The recommendations provide clear, actionable steps towards reform by addressing key barriers that make it difficult for vulnerable families and communities to access high quality, affordable care.

Leaders at every level of federal, state, and local government, including the Biden-Harris administration, should use the recommendations in this report as the foundation for advancing racial justice and improving health across the health care system.

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