22nd Annual ITUP Conference Details

Thank you for attending the 22nd Annual ITUP Conference!

The 22nd Annual ITUP conference laid the groundwork for health reform in California for 2018, highlighting anticipated federal challenges as well as opportunities for the state to preserve and expand gains in coverage and health improvement. This signature state health policy conference brought together health care leaders across the state to consider the state of health reform in California and to share policy ideas, strategies and emerging best practices to advance health in California. No matter what challenges the state may face.

Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, sponsors, and funders who help make ITUP events a success. The 23rd Annual ITUP Conference will be held February 4-5, 2019 (note date change).  Mark your calendars and save the date! 


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Monday, February 5, 2018
Spirit of ITUP Award Dinner

ITUP Honored the Health Alliance of Northern California (HANC) with the first annual Spirit of ITUP Award in recognition of their commitment to building partnerships to ensure coverage, access, and quality health care for rural communities in Northern California.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Speaker presentations at the conference and related background materials are available by session below.

Opening Keynote
What the Evolving Federal Reform Landscape Means for California

Lanhee J. Chen, PhD – If At First You Don’t Succeed…What’s Next in the Fight Over Health Reform?
Larry Levitt, MPP – The ACA: What’s Out, What’s In, What’s Next
Peter V. Lee- Covered California: Continuing to Serve Millions in Uncertain Times

General Session
Exploring Short- and Long-Term Strategies for Getting to Universal Coverage in California

Laurel Lucia, MPP – Uninsurance in California
Paul Y. Song, MD – PowerPoint Presentation
Anthony E. Wright – Protecting and Advancing California’s Progress on Health Care & Coverage in Turbulent Times
Susan Philip, MPP – Key Questions When Considering a State-Based, Single Payer System in California

Round Table Discussions
Conversation on a Public Option in California 

Deborah Kelch – Exploring Public Options in California

Workshop Sessions
Drug Medi-Cal System Change: What it Means for Behavioral Health Integration in California

John Connolly, PhD, MSEd – Lessons Learned in LA County

Making Access a Priority: Growing the Health Workforce

Janet M. Coffman, MA, MPP, PhD – A Snapshot of California’s Primary Care Workforce Needs
Erica Murray, MPA – Addressing Workforce Challenges in California’s Public Health Care Systems

Serving Immigrant Communities Under the Cloud of Immigration Enforcement

Gabrielle Lessard – Serving Immigrant Communities Under the Cloud of Immigration Enforcement
Mayra Alvarez – Serving Immigrant Communities Under the Cloud of Immigration Enforcement
Georgina Maldonado – Impact of Immigration Reform on Healthcare and Social Service Enrollment in Orange County: A Navigator’s Perspective

Breaking Down Silos to Serve the Whole Person

Clemens Hong, MD, MPH – Breaking Down Silos to Serve the Whole Person
Robert Oldham, MD – Breaking Down Silos to Serve the Whole Person
Barbara Masters –

General Session
Building a Medi-Cal Program for the Future

Edwin Park, JD – Federal Threats to Medicaid in 2018
Andrew Bindman, MD – Managing Medi-Cal’s Future
Liz Gibboney, MA – PowerPoint Presentation

General Session
Advancing Health: California on the Cutting Edge

Mary A. Pittman, DrPH –



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ITUP is generously funded by the following core funders:

CORE FUNDERSBlue Shield of California FoundationCalifornia Health Care Foundation
California Community FoundationThe California Wellness Foundation
The California EndowmentKaiser Permanente

The ITUP 22nd Annual Conference was also supported by these sponsors:

BRONZECare 1st Health Plan
Harbage Consulting
L.A. Care Health Plan
Sellers Dorsey
EMERALDCalifornia Health Policy Strategies, LLC
First 5 LA
Health Managment Associates
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research