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!

Join us for the CAPH/SNI Annual Conference on December 5-7, 2018 at the Meritage Resort in Napa.

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 fulfill 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 from health care practice, policy, and politics. Registration is now open. Early bird pricing available through November 9th.

Event Fees: 
Member rate – $695
(Early Bird rate – $595 through November 9)

Non-Member – $795
(Early Bird rate – $750 through November 9)

A 10% discount is available when you register 4 or more people together. Discount will be applied at Checkout.

2018 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference
Meritage Hotel
Program of Events

Wednesday, December 5 

8:30AM–6:00PM      Registration

12:00PM–1:30PM     Buffet Lunch

2:00PM–3:50PM       SNI Annual Board Board Meeting (CAPH/SNI Members)

2:00PM–3:50PM       Chief Finance Officers Meeting (CAPH/SNI Members)

4:00PM– 6:00PM     CAPH Annual Board Meeting (CAPH/SNI Members)

4:00PM– 6:00PM     CIO/CMIO Meeting (CAPH/SNI Members)

6:00PM–8:30PM      Chairs Reception

Thursday, December 6

7:30AM-3:30PM       Registration 

7:30AM-8:30AM       Breakfast 

8:30AM -8:40AM       Opening Remarks: René Santiago, Deputy County Executive and Director of
                                     the County of Santa Clara Health System and Chair, CAPH Board of Director
                                     Erica Murray, President and CEO, CAPH

8:40AM – 8:50AM     Welcome Address 

8:50AM-11:30AM     Morning Sessions 

11:30AM- 12:00PM   Break 

12:00PM-1:15PM      CAPH/SNI Quality Leaders Awards Luncheon 

1:15PM-1:30PM        Break

1:30PM-4:30PM        Afternoon Sessions 

3:30PM-5:15PM       PRIME Managers Meeting

6:00PM-10:00PM     Holiday Gala Dinner 

Friday, December 7

8:00AM–10:00AM     Registration 

8:00AM–9:00AM       Breakfast 

8:50AM–9:00AM       Welcoming Remarks 
                                      Chester Kunnappilly, MD, CEO, San Mateo Medical Center
                                      Giovanna Giuliani, Executive Director, SNI

9:00AM-11:50AM      Morning Sessions 

11:50AM-11:55AM     Closing Remarks 
                                      Erica Murray, President and CEO, CAPH

11:55AM                      Adjourn

The Meritage Resort and Spa
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, California 94558
(866) 370-6272
Map and Directions

Important Hotel Information:

To receive the discounted group room rate, please book your hotel before November 13, using this link.

Note:  Please don’t book a hotel room with re-sellers that may contact you offering housing for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with this conference.


Leon Evans

For almost forty years, Leon Evans has worked with community partners in public health and safety to provide innovative approaches to hope and healing.  Evans is the former CEO of The Center for Health Care Services and Director of Community Services for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He also served as the former CEO of Dallas County Mental Health Authority.

Communities throughout the nation and abroad have come to tour The Center for Health Care Services’ facilities and learn about programs that drive down the cost of health care and help thousands of people avoid jail and long-term hospital stays.  In the process of helping individuals and families regain independent, productive lives, Evans’ programs have saved over $95 million in taxpayer dollars over the past eight years and helped make Bexar County a healthier place to live.

Evans’ internationally recognized programs are the result of a highly effective and cooperative spirit throughout the health, law enforcement, judicial and non-profit organizations in San Antonio, Bexar County and the Nation.  Evans maintains a rigorous travel schedule, testifying at the local, state, and federal level on crisis, jail diversion, and homelessness.

Evans was recognized by CNN as one of our Nations Mental Warriors, whose programs have received the American Psychiatric Association Gold Award, and many other citations and recognitions for innovations and community partnerships and collaborations.  He is currently a member of the National Quality Partners “National Opioid Taskforce.”


Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey has spent her career covering economic policy and its impact on businesses. She has an incredible grasp on the inter-relationship between technological innovation, the labor force, specific industries, and the health of the economy. What will the economy look like in 5, 10, 50 years? Will AI eradicate jobs entirely? Or will it allow humans to work smarter and leaner—to use their full creative capacity? Why, in 2018, are mainstream politicians (and everyone else!) talking seriously about Universal Basic Income, a stipend given to every citizen? These are some of the questions Lowrey prompts audiences to think about. “It’s about UBI, yes, but more about using UBI to think about all kinds of other things: work, robots, AI, racism, babies, taxes, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, abundance,” she says.

One of Lowrey’s new keynotes is based on her book Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World. The idea is simple: what if every month the government gave you $1,000, with nothing expected in return? From this premise, Lowrey brilliantly explores rising inequality; persistent poverty; issues of race, class, and gender; and the entrenched belief that no one should get something for nothing. What role might UBI play in a world with advanced AI and little need for traditional human labor? Lastly, what does it mean for your sector and industry? (Likely more than you realize). Lowrey offers an unbiased, deeply reported account of UBI—while suggesting a better foundation for our society in this age of turbulence and marvels. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Washington D.C.


Alisa Roth

Alisa Roth is the mental health correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio and the author of Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, about the crisis of mental illness in the criminal justice system. Insane was an editors’ choice at The New York Times, which said the book “is rife with sharp, brutal details that pull the reader beyond the realms of abstract policy debates.” The New Yorker called it an “essential expose.” Roth’s work has been broadcast on Marketplace, where she was a long-time reporter, as well as on NPR and The World. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications.

As a 2014-2015 Soros Justice Fellow, Alisa spent a year investigating the growing role of jails and prisons as our de facto mental healthcare system. She has visited the country’s three largest psychiatric care providers, Rikers Island in New York City, the Cook County Jail in Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Jail in LA, and her research has included dozens of interviews with prisoners and their families, psychiatrists, lawyers, wardens, corrections officers and others.

Alisa’s previous journalism has taken her around the world: she has interviewed Syrian refugees in Turkey, Egyptian migrants in Jordan, Afghan asylum seekers in Germany, unemployed autoworkers in Michigan, and women who work as day laborers in New York City.

As a long-time staff reporter in the New York bureau of Marketplace, she covered economic justice and the auto industry. She also worked as an independent producer in Germany and a newspaper reporter in California. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin and her reporting has been funded by grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Reporting Project, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Her essay about the Syrian refugee crisis is included in Flight from Syria: Refugee Stories, an e-book published by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


Matt Salo

Matt Salo was named Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in February 2011. The association represents all 56 of the nation’s state and territorial Medicaid Directors, and provides them with a strong unified voice in national discussions as well as a locus for technical assistance and best practices.

Matt formerly spent 12 years at the National Governors Association, where he worked on the Governors’ health care and human services reform agendas, and spent the 5 years prior to that as a health policy analyst working for the state Medicaid Directors as part of the American Public Human Services Association.

Matt also spent two years as a substitute teacher in the public school system in Alexandria, VA, and holds a BA in Eastern Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.


Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care.  Over his career, Andy has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the direction of the health care system. From 2015 to 2017 he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama, overseeing the Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Under his leadership, the U.S. health care system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record low cost growth, and a major upsurge in value-based payment models.

Andy currently serves as Board Chair of United States of Care, a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, and that policies to make progress toward that goal are politically feasible and fiscally responsible.

Andy lives in Minnesota with his family. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Additional speakers to come.  Please stay tuned…


CAPH/SNI Annual Conference sponsors can meet and network with leaders and executives from California’s 21 public health care systems, as well as well-regarded figures from across the state and federal health care landscapes.

Sponsors are recognized and thanked for their valuable contribution to this once-a-year opportunity for those who provide care to California’s most vulnerable, and include complimentary registrations, including entrance to our Thursday evening gala.

Depending on their level of contribution, sponsors can also enjoy high-visibility recognition at conference events, exhibitor tables, access to a hospitality suite for small-group meetings and presentations, executive introductions facilitated by a liaison from the CAPH/SNI staff, as well as speaking opportunities.

There are four different levels of sponsorship available: platinum, gold, silver, bronze, and emerald.  Please click the button below for more information. Below are the sponsors of the conference to date.

Platinum Level

Blue Shield of California Foundation 
Blue Shield of California Foundation builds lasting and equitable solutions that make California the healthiest state and end domestic violence.



The California Health Care Foundation
The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. They work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.



Foley and Lardner, LLP
Foley combines powerful legal resources and award-winning client service to help you achieve your business objectives — efficiently and cost-effectively.

Gold Level

Toyon Associates, Inc.

For over 30 years, Toyon Associates has ensured that hospitals and integrated health systems maximize their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements while maintaining compliance with government regulations.

Silver Level


   Harbage Consulting

With a focus on increasing access, quality and value in health care delivery, Harbage Consulting is committed to helping our clients understand, navigate, and  succeed in implementing a wide range of health care policies and programs.



Heluna Health 

Heluna Health is the leading provider of program services and fiscal sponsorship for over 280 population health initiatives. They empower public health agencies, academic researchers, public/private consortia, and nonprofits.

Bronze Level


Huron Consulting Group 
Huron is a global consultancy that helps clients drive growth, enhance performance and sustain leadership in the markets they serve.



John Snow, Inc. 
John Snow, Inc., and the nonprofit JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., are public health management consulting and research organizations dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities in the US and around the globe.

Emerald Level

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.

The winners of the 2018 QLAs will be announced at the 2018 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference.

Gold Level

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Silver Level


Bronze Level

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Emerald Level

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