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California Organizations

Border Health Education Network (BHEN)
A San Diego Border Health Education Training Center with the objectives to create a cross-border affiliation of healthcare professionals. Available in Spanish.
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California Area Health Education Center Program (CAL-AHEC)
Brings together community and academic interests to improve access to and the quality of healthcare for underserved populations of California. Primary focus is on collaborative health education and workforce training.
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California Association of Community Health Workers (CACHW)
Promotes the community health worker (CHW) model and supports the career development of the people in the different job titles that comprise the CHW workforce.
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California Association of Rural Health Clinics (CARHC)
Improves communication among RHCs and other community providers, and various California state agencies through education and outreach in order to ensure improved care of patients.
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California Critical Access Hospital Network (CCAHN)
A statewide organization which exists for creating collaborative working relationships among California critical access hospitals to strengthen its members through sharing resources, education, and innovation.
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California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
Protects and promotes the health status of Californians through the financing and delivery of individual health care services. Programs and services include: Long-term Care, Persons with Disabilities, Mental Health, Primary and Rural Health, Veterans Health, Seniors Health, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services, and Suicide Prevention.
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California Department of Health Care Services: Primary, Rural, and Indian Health Division
Improves the health status of special, targeted population groups living in medically underserved urban and rural areas of California.
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California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
Provides leadership, policies and programs to expand and preserve safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians
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California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Provides state leadership in public health and health care financing and creates a more effective public health infrastructure in California. Programs include: Emergency Preparedness Office, Center for Environmental Health, Center for Health Care Quality and the Office of Health Equity (OHE).
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California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
Serves, aids, and protects needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence.
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California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS)
Administers state and federal programs for health care, social services, public assistance and rehabilitation.
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California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO)
One of four State Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) serving California that helps health care providers become meaningful users of electronic health records by providing information and technical assistance.
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California Hospital Association (CHA)
Provides member hospitals and health systems with representation and advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas. Includes a Rural Healthcare Center that represents small and rural hospitals. CHA advocates maintaining and improving access to safe, high-quality, cost-effective healthcare.
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California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS)
Promotes excellence in mental health and substance abuse services through training, evaluation, technical assistance, research, and policy development in California.
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California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS)
Works toward a rural California that is socially just, economically viable, and environmentally balanced.
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California Office of Binational Border Health (COBBH)
Mission is to protect and improve the health of California communities affected by border or binational conditions and activities through facilitating cooperation between California and Mexico health officials and health professionals. Available in Spanish.
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California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)
Administers programs which strive to implement the vision of equitable healthcare accessibility for California. Includes the Health Workforce Development Division and provides scholarships and loan repayment programs. The Office is the federally designated primary care office (PCO) for the state.
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California Primary Care Association (CPCA)
A federally designated PCA that promotes and facilitates equal access to quality health care for individuals and families through organized primary care clinics and clinic networks that maintain cost-effective, affordable medical services, as well as meet the linguistic and cultural needs of California's diverse population. Provides technical assistance and training for clinics.
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California Public Health Association - North (CPHA-N)
Addresses public health needs in Northern California by initiating and supporting statewide action, particularly in the areas of education and public policy.
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California State Office of Rural Health (CalSORH)
Collaborates with public and private entities statewide, and at the regional and national levels to increase rural access to health care and to link small rural communities with State and Federal resources.
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California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA)
A nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that works to improve the health of rural Californians and the quality and accessibility of the health care they receive.
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California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC)
One of the telehealth resource centers funded by the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. Assists health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations in California.
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California/Nevada Community Action Partnership
Provides services to members throughout California and Nevada including: Head Start, senior nutrition, job training, community economic development, homeless shelters, after school and other youth programs, Food Banks, community gardens and other anti-hunger programs, energy assistance and home weatherization services.
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CalOptima Regional Extension Center: California (COREC)
One of four State Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) serving California that helps health care providers become meaningful users of electronic health records by providing information and technical assistance.
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Center for the Health Professions
Works to help health care professionals, schools, organizations, and policymakers respond to the challenges of educating and managing the health care workforce. Part of the University of California, San Francisco.
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Central Valley Health Policy Institute
The mission of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute is to facilitate an interactive regional process to identify, monitor, and analyze emerging health policy issues that influence the health status of people living in Central California.
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Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP)
An initiative to accelerate the integration of behavioral health services and primary care in both rural and urban California.
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Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC)
A statewide organization with a specific emphasis on Latino health, founded in 1992 by health care providers, consumers and advocates to impact Latino health through enhanced information, policy development and community involvement.
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Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)
Helps rural communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming improve community infrastructure with initiatives that include housing, water and wastewater programs. Offers numerous services including loans for housing and environment.
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Southern California Public Health Association (SCPHA)
Works to improve the health of all communities and people in Southern California.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: California
Works to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing. The HUD state office provides information about HUD housing programs and local contacts for the state.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: VA Sierra Pacific Network
Consists of 21 healthcare networks operated nationwide. Includes sites of care located in northern Nevada, central/northern California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Rim including Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and the Philippines.
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United States-México Border Health Commission
Provides international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.-Mexico border. Comprised of the federal secretaries of health, the chief health officers of the ten border states and prominent community health professionals from both nations. Includes a directory of border state outreach offices.
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USDA Rural Development California State Office
Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. The Rural Development State Office provides information about Rural Development programs and applications for financial assistance.
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Western Rural Development Center (WRDC)
Participates in rural development research and extension (outreach) projects cooperatively with universities in the West. Includes a rural health initiative. Serves a 13 state area (WA, UT, WY, NV, ID, HI, CA, AZ, AK, OR, NM, MT, and CO) and 4 U.S. Pacific Territories.
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Last Reviewed: 6/26/2016