By Rosana Garcia
This was my first year at Health Action. I registered as an Emerging Professional, meaning that I am new to health justice work. While I have been at the Foundation for a little over a year, this pales in comparison to those advocates who have been in the health reform trenches for decades.
It is a group based not on age, but experience, and is a great network of advocates committed to health justice, but still finding our way on the steep learning curve that is health reform.
As a Health Action newbie, everything was fascinating. From the plenaries to the individual workshops, I had the benefit of learning in a community of like-minded people.
- The Intersection of Health Equity and Health System Transformation focused on how we can ensure that health equity remains at the center as we reform payment and delivery models. My favorite idea was “The Quadruple Aim”—population health, reducing per capita costs, improved patient experiences (“The Triple Aim”) PLUS health equity.
- Making Health Plans Play Fair was a great workshop. Beth Abbott’s work for consumers in California’s Office of the Patient Advocate has some concrete ideas of the kinds of information and reporting that can help keep health plans accountable.
- And while I didn’t attend Tools for Fighting Discrimination in Health Care, I was able to review the materials post-workshop on the website. It focuses on Section 1557 of the ACA—the “civil rights provision of the ACA.”
Some of my tweets from the conference: