ROLE of COMMITTEES: To make recommendations to the CPCA Board of Directors (on the set of issues the Committee is charged with).

  • Committees typically address issues that need further discussion or require further action. 
  • When action is needed, an issue is designated as an “Action” item on a Committee agenda.
    • Committees discuss the issue and ultimately make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
    • These recommendations are typically outlined by staff in the related issue memo; however, Committee members are responsible for submitting the final recommendation, made in the form of a motion.
  • Committee-approved recommendations then go to the Board of Directors, which has final approval of said motions.
    • Committee-approved recommendations are placed on the Board “Consent Calendar” – a method that allows Board approval of all Committee motions at once; with the option to “pull” any item for further discussion before a vote is called, if desired by any Board member.

Advocacy Committee (reports to CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates Board)

Chair: Brian Gavidia, Government & Community Relations Manager, Northeast Valley Health Corp.
Staff: Victor Christy, Deputy Director of Political Engagement
Support Staff: Kelley Aldrich, Associate Director of Legislative Affairs

  • Advocacy and political program development
  • Political monitoring
  • Candidate questionnaires, interviews and engagement
  • Endorsements and process
  • Ballot measures
  • Fundraising

Audit Committee (Three Board members are appointed by Committee Chair)

Chair: Richard Veloz, CEO, South Central Family Health Center
Staff: Sonja Spowart, CFO
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • Recommend to the Board of Directors the retention and termination of the independent auditor
  • May negotiate the compensation of the auditor on behalf of the Board
  • Confer with the auditor to satisfy the committee members that the financial affairs of the organization are in order
  • Review and determine whether to accept the audit
  • Approve performance of any non-audit services by the auditing firm

Clinicians Committee

Chair: Dr. Hakeem Adeniyi, Jr., CMO, Sacramento Native American Health Center
Staff: Dr. Mike Witte, Vice President & CMO
Support Staff: Charlotte Reische, Administrative Coordinator

  • Advisory capacity on clinical matters in policy and program work
  • Develop infrastructure to share QI tools, expertise and findings
  • Clinical leadership development

Finance Committee

Chair: David Lontok, CEO, Comprehensive Community Health Centers, Inc. (and Board Treasurer)
Staff: Sonja Spowart, CFO
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • CPCA budget development and oversight

Governance Committee

Chair: Asa Satarino, CEO, South of Market Health Center
Staff: Ginger Smith, VP of Member Relations
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • Bylaws review/membership policy development
  • Board of Directors election
  • Membership applications review and recommendations
  • Board education/member satisfaction assessments
  • Review organization's corporate compliance activities

Government Programs Committee

Chair: Dr. Melissa Marshall, CEO, Communicare Health Centers
Staff: Laura Sheckler, Deputy Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Support Staff: Marisa Melendez, Senior Administrative Coordinator

  • 340B/Medi-Cal Rx
  • Access & coverage
  • Behavioral health
  • General issues related to FQHC programs
  • Licensing issues (clinic, pharmacy & clinic lab)
  • Medi-Cal policy and reforms
  • Managed care and contracting
  • Payment modernization
  • Provider issues (rates, enrollment, billing)
  • Special programs (e.g., County Indigent Programs, Family PACT, PCMH)
  • Telehealth/virtual care

Legislative Committee (meets monthly and/or as needed during legislative session)

Chair: Andrea Schwab-Galindo, CEO, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (and Board Speaker)
Staff: Victor Christy, Deputy Director of Political Engagement
Support Staff: Kelley Aldrich, Associate Director of Legislative Affairs

  • Bill review and prioritization and positions
  • Annual Legislative agenda
  • Priority Administrative Issues
  • Federal and Sate advocacy
  • Ballot Initiatives
  • State budget advocacy (i.e., proposed Medi-Cal reductions)

Special Populations Agricultural Rural Committee (SPARC)

Chair:  David Lavine, Policy & Comms. Director, Health Alliance of Northern California (HANC)
Staff: Liz Oseguera, Assistant Director of Policy
Support Staff: Marisa Melendez, Senior Administrative Assistant

  • General rural health and rural community issues, policy and legislation
  • Address issues important to special populations, including LGBTQ, immigrants, Title X, and agricultural workers
  • Discuss policy updates impacting special populations

Strategic Opportunities Advisor Group (SOAG) (open to Board members only)

Chair:  Paulo Soares, CEO, Camarena Health (Incoming Board Chair 2022/23)
Staff: Val Sheehan, SVP & Chief Program Officer
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • The primary charge of this advisory group is to work with CPCA staff to vet proposed “innovative strategies” or “game-changers” 
  • The advisory group will provide feedback to staff on these strategies, and will also be asked by the Board for feedback concerning strategies under review
  • The SOAG has the option to organize “brain trusts” of content experts to help provide specific feedback when an additional level of expertise is needed

Ventures Finance Committee (Board Members only)

Chair: David Lontok, CEO, Comprehensive Community Health Centers (and Board Treasurer)
Staff: Sonja Spowart, CFO
Support Staff: Heather Barclay, Executive Assistant

  • Loan program oversight
  • CPCA Ventures budget development and oversight

Workforce Committee

Chair: Stacy Ferreira, CEO, Clinica Sierra Vista
Staff: Nataly Diaz, Assistant Director of Workforce Development
Support Staff: Denise Alfaro, Sr. Administrative Assistant

  • Identify challenges and opportunities associated with recruiting, retaining, and training health professionals in CHCs
  • Develop programmatic and policy strategies that promote the development of a diverse and inclusive CHC workforce
  • Strategize federal, statewide, and regional partnerships to address California workforce shortages and meet CPCA’s workforce goals