Thank you to all who attended the 2016 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference: Thriving Patients, Caring Systems, Healthy Communities.  We hope you came away from our three days in Pasadena energized and inspired by speakers like Dr. America Bracho, Executive Director of Latino Health Access; Dr. Rishi Manchanda, founder of the Upstreamist Institute; and Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for President Obama.

Many of you had the opportunity to attend meetings and learning sessions with your colleagues, both from within your organization and from all of California’s public health care systems, and attendees had the chance to network with others from across the landscape of public health care, including foundation leaders and sponsors, as well as members of the CAPH/SNI team.

All told, the conference had more than 250 attendees and twenty-eight hours of programming, including nine keynote speakers (a record for us!), three affinity group meetings, a half-day workshop, two board meetings, an awards luncheon, a documentary screening, and our annual Chair’s Reception and Holiday Gala Dinner.

Presentations and materials from the conference are available below, check out this year’s QLA winners here, and mark your calendars now for early December of next year!

SAVE THE DATE: December 6-8, 2017
The Hyatt Regency, Monterey, CA

About the Conference

For more than 30 years, the CAPH/SNI Annual Conference has been a place for public health care system leadership, state and local officials and their staffs, and representatives from advocacy organizations and foundations to gather, connect, learn, and be inspired.  The CAPH/SNI Annual Conference celebrates and informs the work being done by California’s public health care systems to fulfil their essential safety net mission and mandate – to provide the right care in the right place at the right time to everyone, regardless of insurance status, ability to pay, or other circumstance, while competing in the health care marketplace. The conference features guest speakers who are recognized figures from the worlds of health care practice, policy and politics, and is regularly attended by more than 200 leaders.

Quality Leaders Awards

The Quality Leaders Awards (QLAs) recognize outstanding initiatives across California’s public health care systems and honor the good work underway to redesign ambulatory care, achieve performance excellence, and become data-driven organizations.

Learn more at SNI’s website.


Watch for more updates over the next several months.


Matthew Dowd
Matthew Dowd is an ABC News political analyst, and a political strategist and consultant who has worked for companies and candidates on both sides of the aisle.  He is the author of a new book called A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve.


John Kitzhaber
John Kitzhaber is the former Governor of Oregon and a physician by background, who took a leading role in advancing innovative health reforms while in office. He will tell the story of Oregon’s 30 year health reform journey, the leadership that it took, and what lessons California can learn.


BJ Miller, MD, MPH
Dr. BJ Miller is one of the pre-eminent speakers on patient-centered care, palliative, and end-of-life care. Drawing on his expertise as a physician, former Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project, and as a patient, he is an advocate for a healthcare system that maximizes quality of life and that minimizes unnecessary suffering.


Jared Susco
Jared is the chief operating officer and interim CEO of Camden Coalition, which works to improve the health of Camden, New Jersey residents through innovative approaches like “hotspotting” — a data-driven process for timely identification of extreme patterns of health care use.


Dr. Bruce Goldberg
Dr. Bruce Goldberg, currently Senior Fellow with the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness at Oregon Health & Science University, shared from his experience as Director of the Oregon Health Authority, during which he led the state of Oregon’s shift to contracting with provider-led Coordinated Care Organizations.



Cara James
Cara James, Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), shared her perspective on where we are as a nation with regard to health equity.



Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH
Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, President and Founder of Health Begins: Upstreamist Institute spoke about aligned approaches to social determinants of health and quality improvement. To learn more about using upstream quality improvement to improve population health performance, visit or email



Sara Rosenbaum, JD
Sara Rosenbaum, JD, founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Professor of Health Law and Policy at George Washington University and currently Chair of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), shared her perspective and thoughts on the national health policy landscape.


Dr. Shira Shavit
Dr. Shira Shavit, Executive Director of the Transitions Clinic Network, shared lessons learned and best practices in helping patients successfully transition out of prison and into healthy lives in the community.


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