History

The Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) has been a major voice for improving and protecting the health of all Californians since 1992. As a leading voice on Latino health, we have assisted decision-makers throughout the state in improving the health of Latinos. The timeline below provides a snapshot of our rich history and major accomplishments.

1992 – Started as a project of Public Advocates, Inc., the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) developed a Latino voice in health policy as health care reform came to the forefront at the national level.

1993 – Created Cultural Index of Accessibility to Care – cultural and linguistic standards for health care providers which was adopted by California DHS in the Medi-Cal Managed Care Program in 1994.

1995 – Hosted Forums in five California regions to begin the development of a Latino Health Agenda. LCHC established Regional Networks in Los Angeles, Alameda and San Joaquin counties to expand and enhance Latino health care.

1996 – Hosted first-ever statewide conference on Latino health.

1997 – Acted as plaintiff in Doe vs. Belshé: Victory of the prenatal care lawsuit against the State of California ensuring all women, regardless of immigration status, receive access to prenatal care.

1998 – Published: A Latino Health Policy Agenda: Policy Recommendation and Conference Summary.

1999 – Published: Ensuring Health Access for Latinas, the first statewide study focusing on health access and the health status of Latinas in California.

2000 – Published: Latino Health Status Indicators for California: Abbreviated Data Sets on Latino Health.

2002 – Steve Thompson Loan Repayment Program that forgives loans for medical school graduates practicing in underserved areas (Chapter 1131, Statutes of 2002) and requiring licensing boards to collect race/ethnicity and language proficiency data of physicians (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §2425.3) and dentists (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §1715.)

2003 – Published: Health Care Issues for California Latinos: Health Insurance and Health Status 2002 with UCLA Center for Health Policy and Research.

2004 – Sponsored legislation to collect race, ethnicity and language data for health programs (AB 2324).

2005 – Published Latinos and Obesity policy brief.

2006 – LCHC sponsored SB 1405 (Soto) creation of a task force for developing methods to obtain federal matching funds to pay for language assistance services. In response to this bill, in 2006, the Department of Health Care Services convened the Medi-Cal Language Access Services (MCLAS) Taskforce chaired by LCHC with assistance from Office of Multi-Cultural Health.

2007 – Healthcare Workforce Diversity Advisory Council (HWDAC) a body charged with providing counsel on increasing diversity in the health professions by Governor Schwarzenegger.

2008 – Sponsored legislation to fund the retrofitting and expansion of school based health centers (SB 564) with CPCA.

2009 – LCHC Chaired Medi-Cal Language Access Services (MCLAS) Taskforce produced a report outlining best practices and approaches to maximizing on federal matching dollars for language access.

2010 – CHWA steering committee.

2011 – HWDC is funded by a federal health care workforce planning grant and is charged with creating the framework that will increase the numbers of health care professionals as well as ensuring that the workforce is reflective of the diverse population of California. LCHC is the only consumer advocacy organization to occupy a chair level position.

2014 – LCHC expands regional network to include nine total regions: Imperial Valley, San Diego, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Central Valley, Central Coast, Bay Area, Sonoma/Napa, and Far North.