Enhancing Access
to Healthcare

We build bridges to care when we expand access to providers and connect patients, providers and communities. That’s why Health Net invests in innovative community and technology resources that meet members where they are and expand access to care at every level.

Health Equity

Improving health outcomes by closing health equity gaps begins with access to quality care providers. That’s why Health Net has invested nearly $4 million to upskill practitioners and bring new providers into the Medi-Cal system. But, there’s much more to health equity.

We employ an award-winning model to detect, assess and reduce health disparities. It begins with our clinical and data analyst teams studying quantitative and qualitative data to identify barriers to care. We then work with our providers and community based organizations to design local interventions. We do this through a multi-pronged approach that addresses:

  • Social determinants of health
  • Disability-adapted services
  • Workforce development issues
  • Encounter data analysis
  • Telehealth services
  • Housing security
  • Language and interpreter services
  • Cultural competency training
  • Community-based partnerships
  • Local investments and more

Health Net has compiled new strategies and lessons that can be applied across California’s healthcare system to reduce health disparities. Read our Health Equity Key Findings Report by clicking here.

Workforce Development

Health Net understands that the needs of Medi-Cal patients are as diverse as the population itself. That’s why we’ve built teams, models and innovative approaches that work to break down barriers, improve access and reduce health disparities. Our focus has earned us accolades from third parties like the DHCS and the National Business Group on Health.


Nationally, a shortage of many types of of healthcare professionals continues to grow to this day.


In California, we face an uneven distribution of providers across the state. This is an obstacle to health equity.


In some places, California’s healthcare workforce does not adequately reflect the state’s diverse population.

Workforce Development
Key Findings Report

Through close collaboration with partners, Health Net established and shared key learnings and targeted strategies to build a stronger pipeline of qualified, representative healthcare professionals in California. Read our report here (PDF).




Collaborated with the Los Rios Colleges Foundation, Sacramento City College and Greater Sacramento Urban League to create the Community Health Worker Pathway (CHWP) program. CHWP trains and employs underrepresented community health workers in the region. The first class graduated in 2019 and the program is looking to expand.


San Joaquin

Supported by Health Net, the Reinvent Stockton Scholars Program tapped into a new talent pool — high school students. The program now engages local students throughout the year to link them up with programs post- graduation.




Health Net is a key partner in Sacramento’s Black Child Legacy Campaign. This network of community stakeholders came together and created a program to reduce Black infant mortality rates. Today, the program’s culturally relevant care and innovative framework is helping other communities across the state establish similar partnerships.



In Oakland, Health Net collaborated with Roots Community Health Center to expand their "Cut Hypertension Program." This program piloted evidence-based "barber-pharmacist" interventions through partnership with local barbershops. The initiative reaches at-risk patients where they are with education and resources. Now, the model is being expanded to communities across the country.




To combat vaccine hesitancy during COVID-19, Health Net funded education and training for providers. We also deployed mobile vaccination RVs to reach California’s hardest hit communities. The result? We’ve vaccinated more than 8,800 residents at more than 70 local events to date.