Physicians for a Healthy California

Sacramento, CA   |  www.phcdocs.org

Mission

Physicians for a Healthy California is dedicated to improving community health, growing a diverse physician workforce and promoting health equity.

Ruling year info

1963

President & CEO

Mrs. Lupe Alonzo-Diaz

Main address

1201 K St Ste 800

Sacramento, CA 95814 USA

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Formerly known as

California Medical Association Foundation

EIN

94-6062822

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Management & Technical Assistance (E02)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Too many Californians do not have access to timely, affordable and quality health care, and the challenge is compounded by the state’s physician shortage. California has one of the lowest primary care physician-to-patient ratios in the nation – 31 of 58 counties lack enough primary care providers to meet national standards, and California needs an additional 8,243 primary care physicians by 2030 – a 32% increase. Underserved communities already face a severe shortage of physicians, with 7 million Californians – mainly people of color – living in “health professional shortage areas.” California’s shortages will only worsen as communities continue to grow, diversify and age – a challenge compounded as physicians retire faster than medical residents graduate. The promise of universal access to health care without an adequate number of trained physicians is an empty promise, so training more physicians to meet California’s growing demands must be a top priority.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

NEPO

PHC launched the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) in 2002 to identify strategies for building the capacity of ethnic physician organizations to reduce health disparities and improve access to health care for their communities.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

To encourage our future physicians to engage in community health and pursue excellence in practice, the CMA Foundation provides grants to medical student organizations around the state.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CalMedForce administers annual grants to fund new residency positions at graduate medical education (GME) programs throughout California.

CalMedForce dedicates voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition 56 (2016) to train physicians and help California address its growing physician shortage; which, in a 2017 study by the California Future Health Workforce Commission, is estimated to reach a 10,500-clinician shortfall by 2030.

Awardees are selected based on their ability to support and expand the physician workforce to meet the demands of California’s diverse and growing patient population, with a focus on medically underserved populations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CalHealthCares administers loan repayment on educational debt for California physicians and dentists who provide care to Medi-Cal patients, which represent one-third of Californians and half of the state’s children. Eligible physicians can apply for up to $300,000 in loan repayment in exchange for a five-year service obligation. Eligible dentists can apply for a loan repayment up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation or a Practice Support Grant up to $300,000 in exchange for a ten-year service obligation.

CalHealthCares commits voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition 56 (2016) to support and incentivize physicians and dentists to increase participation in the Medi-Cal program. In April 2019, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) launched CalHealthCares, and DHCS has contracted with PHC to administer the statewide program.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of loans issued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CalHealthCares administers loan repayment on educational debt for California's physicians and dentists who provide care to Medi-Cal patients, which represent one-third of Californians.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In 2019, the California Medical Association’s (CMA) foundation – Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) – launched two initiatives to grow the physician workforce pipeline to meet the health needs of California’s medically underserved communities.

Funded by voter-approved Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenues, the CalMedForce and CalHealthCares programs expand residency training opportunities and incentivize physicians to practice in underserved communities. The University of California (UC) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) are the respective recipients of the graduate medical education (GME) and loan repayment funding and have contracted with PHC to administer the programs.

CalMedForce program is committed to growing a diverse physician workforce by supporting, incentivizing and expanding graduate medical education in California. Our goal is to grow and strengthen the physician pipeline to meet the demands of California’s growing patient population, with a focus on medically underserved areas and populations.

CalMedForce works in partnership with University of California (UC) to award eligible residency programs that are new, existing or expanding throughout the state of California.
To date, 161 residency programs and 354 residency positions have been awarded.

CalHealthCares is committed to increasing providers accepting Medi-Cal patients by supporting and incentivizing physicians and dentists to increase participation in the Medi-Cal program. Our goal is to increase access to care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

CalHealthCares works in partnership with Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to award loan repayment and practice support grant money to physicians and dentists throughout the state of California. To date, 240 physicians and 38 dentists have been awarded.

PHC strives to be good partners to good government. Therefore, we are committed to being nimble, flexible and transparent in the management of these very important programs.

PHC also supports future physicians through its Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program (MSCLGP). Established in 2001, the MSCLGP has awarded over 200 grants to support medical student projects that enhance the wellbeing of California’s communities.

PHC launched the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) in 2002 to identify strategies for building the capacity of ethnic physician organizations to reduce health disparities and improve access to health care for their communities through increased collaboration with community organizations and policy advocacy in both the public sector and within organized medicine, and address diversity in the healthcare workforce and cultural competency. PHC hosts an annual NEPO Summit and has convened ethnic physicians to work together to develop a joint agenda to impact healthcare in California.

PHC has grown into one of California’s leading advocates for improved community health. Our programs continue to improve public health, provide clinical practice support and improvement, and address the social determinants of health and access to care.

CalMedForce and CalHealthCares help address workforce issues through Proposition 56 funding. Proposition 56 allocated $40 million of funding towards Graduate Medical Education (GME) to sustain, retain, and expand California residency positions in primary care and emergency medicine. In addition, Proposition 56 funds the Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Program to recruit and retain providers in Medi-Cal providing up to $300,000 in loan repayments in exchange for a five-year service obligation.

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC), formerly known as the CMA Foundation, started in 1963 as a charitable arm of the California Medical Association (CMA), disbursing over $1 million dollars in grants and loans to medical students to support future physicians.

In 1995, Board Chair Rolland C. Lowe, M.D. recommended that PHC expand its role to encompass community health. New projects launched in 1996 and 1997, including ComPACT (tobacco education) and the Physician Leadership Recognition Dinner. These programs established our position in the community as leaders of public health initiatives. The Pharmacy Partnership Project, begun in 1996, facilitated public education campaigns, advertisements, and media coverage on increasing consumer awareness about pharmacies selling tobacco. The Project removed tobacco products from pharmacies with a nearly 80 percent success rate.

PHC continues to support future physicians through its Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program (MSCLGP). Established in 2001, the MSCLGP has awarded over 200 grants to support medical student projects that enhance the wellbeing of California’s communities.

In 2002, the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) was established by visionary physicians Rolland C. Lowe M.D. and Frank E. Staggers, Sr., M.D. Drs. Lowe and Staggers, both Past Presidents of the CMA and Past Chairs of the PHC Board of Directors, established NEPO to identify strategies for building the capacity of ethnic physician organizations to reduce health disparities and improve access to health care for their communities through increased collaboration with community organizations and policy advocacy in both the public sector and within organized medicine, and address diversity in the healthcare workforce and cultural competency. PHC hosts an annual NEPO Summit and has convened ethnic physicians to work together to develop a joint agenda to impact healthcare in California.

CalMedForce: In 2019, hundreds of GME programs in hospitals, medical centers and community clinics received over $76 million to retain and expand physician training programs in primary care (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology) and emergency medicine. Awards reflected urban and rural areas, with a focus on medically underserved populations. Of the 156 residency positions funded during the 2018-19 cycle, 82 are new residency slots. Of those, 60 are in new programs and 22 at existing programs. Further, 74 funded positions are existing slots that could have been eliminated if not for this funding.

CalHealthCares: In 2019, nearly 1,300 health care providers applied to the CalHealthCares loan repayment program, and $67.3 million was awarded to 240 physicians and 38 dentists.
By focusing on young physicians and dentists, CalHealthCares incentivizes providers to make a commitment to serving Medi-Cal patients. The physician awardees are providing services to Medi-Cal patients in 38 counties throughout California, and they represent 40 specialty areas of medicine, including pediatrics, psychiatry and OB/GYN. The dentist awardees are providing services to Medi-Cal patients in 19 counties throughout California. They represent both general and pediatric dentists.

A 2020-25 strategic plan has been developed and approved by the executive committee and board of trustees. The priority for PHC for the next five years will be devoted to strengthening our infrastructure by focusing on diversity in the physician workforce, healthy equity and community health.

Financials

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Physicians for a Healthy California

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Howard A. Kahn

Johns Hopkins Health Care

Term: 2021 -

Dustin Corcoran

California Medical Association

James Hay, MD

Margaret Juarez, MD

Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations

Kyle Smith, MD

Sutter Health

Adam Dougherty, MD MPH

Vituity

Tanya Spirtos, MD

Stanford Medicine

James Peterson

Orange County Medical Association

Ellen Asselin

UC Davis School of Medicine

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD PhD

UC Davis School of Medicine

Howard Kahn

Johns Hopkins Health Care

Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, MPA

Physicians for a Healthy California

Manesy Ceja-Cevallos

CMA Medical Student Section

Karen Hansberger, MD

Inland Empire Health Plan

Lase Ajayi, MD

Scripps Research Translational Institute

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/09/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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