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Health Net executives engage in seminars, conferences and panels to talk about key projects to help all Californians. This is a round-up of some of those speakers bureau events.

In the United States, the reality is that Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. And they’re twice as likely to suffer from short- or long-term issues than women of all other racial and ethnic groups. In fact, research has shown many times that Black mothers and babies have the worst childbirth outcomes in the nation.

The California Coalition for Black Birth Justice (the Coalition) was formed to address this crisis. It’s the first of its kind in California. The group’s purpose: To unify and strengthen Black maternal health across the state.

Health Net helped to create The Coalition back in 2022 with $150,000 in grants. The funding allowed the Coalition bring together birth equity and reproductive justice experts. These specialists were called to help fast track justice for Black birth rates and to drive unified efforts throughout California.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) held its Innovation Summit the week of October 23, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. The Summit called on some of America’s largest health plans and health networks that help to lead quality reform and expand focus on the future of health care innovation. The summit was comprised of groups from:
• Health plans
• Technology vendors
• Health systems
• Consult services
• Government agencies

The conference featured breakout sessions and high-caliber speakers from around the country. And Health Net was on full display.

Health Net’s Vice President of Quality Management, Cathi Misquitta, Quality Improvement Director, Amy Wittig and Senior Manager of Quality, Shekinah Wright were on-hand to share their knowledge of healthcare quality improvement. Their session titled, A Hyper-Local, Targeted Approach to Improving Quality, was part of the Results Though Relationships track at the summit.

On September 6, 2023, the Westin Hotel Pasadena played host to the California State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Many were on hand to learn all they could about what happens at the junction of healthcare and politics.

One breakout session, Implementing Case Management & CalAIM to Improve Children’s Health featured Health Net’s own Senior Director of Systems of Care, Nancy Wongvipat Kalev. Nancy joined fellow panel members to discuss how CalAIM’s programs for children are being implemented. And how the programs offer great insight into our California children’s unique needs and locales.

In March 2023, the Hilton Universal City Hotel played host to the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) Extraordinary Women event. The event featured a panel of Southern California’s most influential women in business and government. Among the featured speakers was Health Net‘s Medi-Cal President, Martha Santana-Chin.

The panelists mainly discussed how they got to where they were in their careers and gave advice for other women looking to follow their paths to success. When it was Martha’s turn to present her story, she didn’t disappoint.

In March 2023, Catherine Misquitta, Health Net Vice President of Quality Management, spoke on a panel at the AHIP Medicare, Medicaid, Duals & Commercial Markets Forum in Washington D.C.

More than 500 health care experts from throughout the United States took part in the conference. They gathered to learn about ideas, solutions and trends that will change healthcare.

Catherine’s panel focused on Improving Data Standards to Advance Health Equity.

In February 2023, the 27th Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) yearly conference commenced. The theme was “Cultivating an Equitable Future of Health,” during the first in-person meeting since 2020.

Health Net Medi-Cal President Martha Santana-Chin was a featured speaker at the event. She joined many of California’s leaders and stakeholders to share her knowledge on how to create a more equal and fair health system statewide.