Convenings and Presentations
In addition to providing in-kind conference and meeting space for nonprofit organizations and public agencies, we host convenings, guest speakers and presentations at our conference center.
Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices
On May 14, 2013, we joined Cottage Housing Incorporated to release the Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices report at Sierra Health Foundation.
Stakeholders and policymakers from throughout the region learned about a successful approach to permanent housing social support and case management services that can break the cycle of abuse and neglect and significantly reduce re-entry into the foster care system at a lower cost to taxpayers.
We were pleased to welcome Dr. Sonja Lenz-Rashid from San Francisco State University, the researcher and author of the report, who shared outcomes of her powerful study of nearly 300 children and youth who had a history in the foster care and child protective services systems.
A panel discussion followed, with Arlene Cullum, Sutter Medical Center Director of Women's and Children's Ambulatory Services and Cottage Housing Incorporated Board Member; Lisa Bates, California Housing and Community Development Deputy Director; Michelle Callejas, Sacramento County Director of Child Protective Services; and Phil Serna, Sacramento County District 1 Supervisor.
Download the Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices report
Download the Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices Summary
Download Dr. Sonja Lenz-Rashid's presentation
Creating a Path for Transformation
On Sept. 27, 2012, we convened members of our Sacramento Region Health Care Partnership and other health care stakeholders to celebrate the release of a market analysis of the region's primary care safety net and a regional strategic plan to rethink, revitalize and reform the region's health care system.
Guest speakers included Congresswoman Doris Matsui; Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet Hewitt; Dr. Carmen Nevarez, Vice President of External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor at the Public Health Institute; and Dr. Kenneth Kizer, Director of the UC Davis Health System's Institute for Population Health Improvement.
The convening also included a panel discussion with regional health care leaders Robin Affrime, MPH, CEO of CommuniCare Health Centers; James Ellsworth, Interim Executive Director of Capitol Health Network; Ron Groepper, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan in Sacramento; Robert Kamrath, Executive Director of CARES (Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services); Carrie Owen Plietz, CEO of Sutter Medical Center; Dr. Claire Pomeroy, CEO of UC Davis Health System, Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of UC Davis School of Medicine; and Kevin Vaziri, President of Woodland Healthcare.
Videos of the event by chapter:
Video Chapter 1: Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Chet Hewitt and Dr. Carmen Nevarez, as well as market analysis findings presented by Robert Phillips and Abraham Daniels of Sierra Health Foundation
Video Chapter 2: Panel discussion with regional health care leaders
Video Chapter 3: Dr. Kenneth Kizer and Diane Littlefield, Sierra Health Foundation Vice President of Programs and Partnerships
We were pleased to welcome guest speaker Judith Snow to Sierra Health Foundation on May 17 and 18, 2012, for two powerful workshops titled Inclusion is the Path of Choice! An internationally known speaker, author, community builder, inclusion activist and trainer from Canada, Ms. Snow also is a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. A person with limited mobility, Ms. Snow brings a personal perspective to the work of valuing diversity in community development. In her highly interactive workshops, she encouraged participants to think in different ways about inclusion and creating the community they want.
Learn more about Judith Snow at www.judithsnow.org.
Mobilizing Care Delivery Improvement:
The Sacramento Region in the Era of Health Reform
On June 7, 2011, we convened state and national health sector leaders, practitioners and local stakeholders to increase awareness about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and discuss what health care reform means for the Sacramento Region. Co-sponsored by Congresswoman Doris Matsui's office, the Public Health Institute and Teichert Foundation, the convening provided an opportunity for regional leaders and stakeholders to learn about major components of the ACA from keynote speaker John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA, from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Participants also heard perspectives on health care delivery and health care reform from guest speakers Diana Dooley, Secretary of the State of California Health & Human Services Agency; Kim Belshé, MPP, Senior Policy Advisor at the Public Policy Institute of California; Carmela Castellano Garcia, CEO of the California Primary Care Association; Tom Gagen, CEO of Sutter Medical Center; Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, CEO of UC Davis Health System; Jonathan Porteus, PhD, CEO of The Effort; Sandy Damiano, PhD, Deputy Director of Sacramento County Primary Health Services; Britta Guerrero, CEO of Sacramento Native American Health Center; Denny Powell, President of Mercy General Hospital; and Patricia Rodriguez, Senior VP and Area Manager at Kaiser Permanente, South Sacramento.
John McDonough's address was filmed by KVIE Public Television and aired in August. View the presentation below.