Established in 1983, CAPH is a statewide trade association representing 19 public and not-for profit hospitals, academic medical centers and comprehensive health care systems working on the front lines of health care in California.


CAPH represents
California's public health care systems,
which are the core of the state's health care
safety net, delivering high quality care
to all in need and working to improve
the health of their patients and communities.

Fast Facts

Though just 6% of all California hospitals statewide, public hospitals:

  • Serve 2.85 million Californians each year
  • Are located in 15 counties where 81% of all Californians reside
  • Deliver 10 million outpatient visits per year


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Our Quality Improvement Affiliate


Since 1999, the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) has helped public hospital systems develop and spread innovative programs to help improve the quality of patient care and care coordination, enhance efficiencies, and eliminate health care disparities.

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2013 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference

The presentations from our 2013 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference, Leading the Way: A New Chapter In Healthcare are now available on our conference page. Keynote speakers included Diane Marriott from the University of Michigan, Pamela Clifford and Nancy Garrett from Hennepin County Medical Center, national policy expert Michael Chernew, national democratic political strategist Celinda Lake and host of the well-known radio program “White Coat and Black Art” Dr. Brian Goldman.

Patient Video

Erin Collins talks about the crucial role that public hospitals played in the treatment of her brother Bryan Stow after he was attacked at a Los Angeles Dodgers game in March 2011.