About Us

What We Do

The California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) represents California’s 21 public health care systems, which include county-owned or affiliated systems and the five University of California academic medical centers. Together, these systems form the core of the state’s health care safety net.

Advancing Policy and Advocacy Efforts

As a trade association, CAPH works to advance policy and advocacy efforts that strengthen the capacity of its members to ensure access to comprehensive, high quality, equitable health care services for all Californians, regardless of insurance status, immigration status, ability to pay, or other circumstance.

For nearly 40 years, CAPH has served as the health policy and advocacy voice for our members at both the state and federal level. We inform and educate policy makers, the media, and other stakeholders about the essential role of public health care systems. CAPH also develops innovative financing structures and programs that provide millions of Californians with access to higher quality health care. We offer detailed financial analyses and counsel to officials and their staff to help inform policies that enable public health care systems to best serve their communities.

CAPH Member Hospitals Map
California's 21 Public Health Care Systems. Visit Our Members page for more information.

Partnerships and Collaboration

CAPH works in collaboration with many partners including county associations, the hospital industry, community clinics, consumer advocates, and social service providers, to coordinate efforts and ensure the needs of joint constituencies are met.

These efforts are strongly informed by, and take place alongside, the work of the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI), the 501c3 affiliate of CAPH.

Photo Credit: Natividad Medical Center