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Health Access 30th Anniversary Celebration Symposium & Reception

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The Citizen Hotel on the Metro Terrace

926 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Full symposium agenda available below!

Due to an incredible response, we are currently SOLD OUT. Thank you!

Join Health Access as we celebrate 30 years of advocating for all Californians! The symposium will feature panels of policy experts and health advocates followed by a reception.

For thirty years, Health Access has been a leading voice for health care consumers; working for and winning health reforms to expand and secure coverage, win patient protections and keep the health industry accountable; lower costs and improve quality and equity, and encourage a healthier California.

To spotlight these coalition efforts and launch future initiatives, Health Access will hold a thirtieth anniversary celebration on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. This two-part event will include a symposium and discussion from 1:00-5:00pm, to lay out next steps for California health advocates - well-timed right after a consequential election that will shape our work for the next several years.

Questions? Contact Tamara Torlakson for more details: (916) 508-2142 or at

Symposium Agenda 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Reception to follow from 5:00 - 7:00 PM with a hosted bar and appetizers!

1:00 – 1:45 PM:

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Joan Pirkle Smith, Chair, Health Access California Board of Directors

Opening Remarks:

  • Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California and Health Access Foundation

Featured Speakers:

  • The Honorable Senator Dr. Ed Hernández, O.D., Chair, Senate Health Committee

  • The Honorable Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee

1:45 – 3:00 PM:

Panel Discussion followed by Audience Q&A

The New Context: Protecting and Ensuring Access & Affordability

Moderator: Tam Ma, Legal and Policy Director, Health Access


  • Alma Hernández, Executive Director, SEIU State Council

  • Dr. Sandra R. Hernández, President & CEO, California Health Care Foundation

  • Edwin Park, Vice President for Health Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • Amanda Wallner, Director, California LGBT Health & Human Services Network


3:15 – 3:45 PM


  • Marty Lynch, Chair, Health Access Foundation Board of Directors


  • Secretary Diana S. Dooley, California Health and Human Services Agency

3:45 – 5:00 PM

Panel Discussion followed by Audience Q&A:

Defense and Offense: Protecting Consumers & Advancing a Healthier and Equitable California

Moderator: Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of Healthy California, The California Endowment


  • Peter Lee, Executive Director, Covered California

  • Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

  • Sara Flocks, Policy Coordinator, California Labor Federation

  • Ronald Coleman, Government Affairs Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center

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The Citizen Hotel on the Metro Terrace

926 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

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