24th Annual ITUP Conference

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The 24th Annual Insure the Uninsured Project Conference, Taking Bold Steps in Uncertain Times, will highlight the steps California is taking to improve health care and coverage in the state, against the backdrop of continuing uncertainty at the federal level.

Every year the ITUP conference offers California health care leaders lively conversation, policy updates, innovative approaches and valuable networking. Connect with longtime colleagues and make new connections! Don’t miss out on hearing from individuals and experts making a difference in improving health care and coverage in California!

Below you will find our 2020 Conference Agenda and all the details you will need to make the conference a success!

“The speakers were very knowledgeable, and the topics were current” – 2019 conference attendee

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2020 Keynote Speakers

Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH, was appointed Secretary of the California Health and Human Services by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019 and oversees the key departments integral to implementing the Governor’s vision to expand health coverage and access to all Californians.

Before joining Governor Newsom’s team, Dr. Ghaly worked for 15 years in county health leadership roles in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

During his tenure in L.A. County, Dr. Ghaly led the transition of jail health services into one integrated system of care improving the linkage between the sheriff  and county mental health services, was the architect of the Los Angeles County Whole Person Care Pilot program and oversaw the launch of the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System.

ITUP is pleased to announce that the 2020 conference will feature Emily Silverman, MD, an internal medicine physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and creator and host of the Nocturnists, a live show and podcast where doctors share stories from the world of medicine.

Through storytelling, the shows and podcasts reveal the human side of medicine, as well as many structural and system challenges providers face every day trying to meet the diverse needs of patients.

Dr. Silverman asks the hard questions about the state of health care in this time, what is missing and how current systems might better focus on “health.”

Sandra R. Hernández, MD, is president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation. Prior to joining CHCF, Dr. Hernandez was CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, which she led for 16 years and previously served as director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco.

In December 2019, she was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Healthy California for All Commission. Dr. Hernandez is also a member of the Covered California board of directors, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Advisory Council at UC Davis and the UC Regents Health Services Committee.

Dr. Hernandez is an assistant clinical professor at the UCSF School of Medicine. She practiced at San Francisco General Hospital in the HIV/AIDS Clinic from 1984 to 2016.


2020 Conference Agenda At-A-Glance

Monday, February 24, 2020

Pre-Conference: Coordinating Care and Services to Meet Client Needs

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Coordinating Care and Services for Children

2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.     Break

2:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.      Meeting Clients Where They Are: Emerging Best Practices in Care Coordination

3:25 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     Wrap Up

Spirit of ITUP Annual Networking Dinner

5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.     Networking Reception

6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.     Spirit of ITUP Networking Dinner

                                                      FEATURED SPEAKER:

                                                      Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D – Los Angeles), Chair, Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee

                                                     Please join us in honoring retiring ITUP Executive Director, Deborah Kelch

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.      Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Welcome and Introduction

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.     OPENING KEYNOTE: A Bold Vision for the Health of California

 Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH, Secretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.    The Newsom Plan to Transform Medi-Cal: Consumer and Provider Perspectives

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  The Newsom Plan to Transform Medi-Cal: Counties and Health Plans

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    California Leading the Way

Bradley P. Gilbert, MD, MPP – Director, California Department of Health Care Services

Peter V. Lee, Executive Director, Covered California

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.       LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: Envisioning Health Through Storytelling

Emily Silverman, MD, Creator and Host, The Nocturnists

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.         Networking Break

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.       Afternoon Workshops

Transforming Systems to Advance Health Equity
The Workforce Needs of a Transformed Health Care System
Fulfilling the Promise of Value-Based Care

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Envisioning Health System Transformation

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    CLOSING KEYNOTE: A Dream Within Our Reach: A Health Care System for the Whole Person

Sandra R. Hérnandez, MD, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Wrap Up

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    Networking Reception

“Right conversations for the moment we live in” – 2019 conference attendee


Online registration closes on February 20, 2020.  Any registrations after this date will be processed on-site. No refunds will be issued after February 20, 2020.

The ITUP room block at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento has sold out. Please contact the ITUP offices at 916-226-3899 or conference@itup.org for more information on alternative hotel options.


Being a sponsor is a great way to support the convening of a diverse group of policymakers, policy experts, researchers, advocates, health plans, and providers focused on advancing health reform in California.

ITUP is grateful for the support of sponsors and acknowledges them online, in marketing communications, conference materials, and onsite at the conference. Get involved today!

“This is the best conference I have been to so far!” – 2019 conference attendee

Tips From the Staff

ITUP staff offers this handy list of tips and tricks to help you make the most of the upcoming ITUP conference!

  • Register any special dietary requests when you sign up for the conference.
  • Limited Conference Scholarships may be available, contact emili@itup.org.
  • Share this link with colleagues and friends!

At the Conference:

  • Bring plenty of business cards for networking.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Bring a charger for your electronic devices so you can take advantage of the ITUP Charging Stations!

Weather Tip: Sacramento temperature averages for February can range from a high of low 60’s, while overnight lows fall in the low 40’s, and it is very common to experience rain showers.

ITUP Funders and Conference Sponsors

ITUP is generously funded by the following core funders:

Core Funders




The ITUP 2020 Annual Conference is also supported by these sponsors:




Bronze                                                                                             Emerald

Harbage Consulting                                                                            Health Management Associates

Molina Healthcare                                                                                California Health Policy Strategies

First 5 LA                                                                                                     Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

California Initiative for Health Equity and Action            Integrated Healthcare Association

L.A. Care Health Plan                                                                          UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Sellers Dorsey                                                                                           Transform Health