Bridging Public Health and Managed Care: A Collaborative Approach to Community Health Assessments

In the United States, public health and health care delivery have largely taken different and siloed approaches, with health care focused on the treatment of individuals and public health centered on the total population within a geographic region. As interventions that address health‑related social needs to improve outcomes have become more prevalent, however, a strong case is emerging for more convergence between traditional health care delivery and public health’s focus on the “upstream” factors that affect health. Collaboration between the sectors is essential to advancing both health outcomes and equity—a lesson driven home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a new webinar, Manatt Health will provide an in-depth look at the innovative ways California health agencies are working together to bridge the gap between public health and managed care health care delivery—and what other states can learn from the California model. During the program, Manatt will lead an interactive discussion with California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans (MCPs) and Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) about the state’s new collaborative policies designed to transform cyclical community health assessments to a more unified, collaborative model by 2028. 

Key topics include:

  • California’s vision for aligning community health assessments
  • An overview of new DHCS and CDPH policies that require MCPs to collaborate with LHJs to develop more effective and coordinated collaborative health assessments (CHAs) and community health improvement plans (CHIPs)
  • The value of collaboration between managed care and public health in California and beyond
  • Examples of successful MCP-LHJ CHA/CHIP collaborations


  • Sharon Woda, Senior Managing Director, Manatt Health
  • Natassia Rozario, Senior Manager, Manatt Health
  • Palav Babaria, Deputy Director & Chief Quality and Medical Officer, Quality and Population Health Management Program, California Department of Health Care Services
  • Trudy Raymundo, Office of Policy and Planning, California Department of Public Health
  • Barbara Alberson, Senior Deputy Director, San Joaquin County Public Health Services
  • Nishtha Patel, Manager of Care Transformation, Health Services Special Initiatives, Inland Empire Health Plan

Date and Time:

Thursday, March 21

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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