Voices for Change: Revolutionizing Health Equity

02/09/2021 10:00 AM - 02/11/2021 01:00 PM PT


  • $65.00


The California Pan- Ethnic Health Network’s biennial Voices for Change Conference is happening February 9th, 10th, and 11th 2021. 

Our conference is going VIRTUAL this year, so don’t worry about booking travel and hotels! Just mark your calendars and be prepared to listen and engage from your home office!  

Every two years we bring together policy makers, elected officials, non-profits, and community organizations to share their thoughts and expertise on a wide variety of health equity policy areas.  

This year will be an opportunity to reflect on the November election and where the Federal administration will take our country’s health policies. It was also be a place for speakers to share how we can rebuild our communities after the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dates: February 9 to February 11, 2021

Time: 10am to 1pm PT daily

Location: Virtual - You will receive a link to create your Whova account closer to the event. 


  • Early Bird Registration - $50 (discount will automatically be applied through December 14, 2020)
  • Regular Registration - $65

Registration closes on February 8th at 12pm PST. We want to make our event as accessible as possible! If cost, is a barrier, please complete the fee waiver and email it to aprager@cpehn.org! If you are unable to email, please call (510) 832-1160 ext. 308. 


*More materials will be added as the event approaches*


Day 1: February 9, 2021

Health Care Adaption in the Face of Global Pandemic: What Can we Learn from the Rapid Adoption of Telehealth?

COVID-19 has brought about swift change in the way care is provided from in-person office visits to remote telehealth visits, forcing health care providers and consumers alike to adapt. Consumer advocates raise concerns that in the rush to offer telehealth, consumer needs, especially for Black, Indigenous, people of color and limited English proficient consumers will be ignored. Hear from consumers and policy experts on the benefits and challenges of telehealth for vulnerable populations, including health care access, language access, and health care quality.

Social Determinants & Pandemic Response: Exploring the Intersection of Housing, Environment, and Health - Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross

Your zip code and your health are intrinsically tied together. Your ability to find safe, decent, affordable housing or not impacts the air you breathe, how long you commute to work, your access to parks and open spaces, and your ability to access healthy and affordable food. This panel will discuss how housing is one of the main contributors to the ability to live a healthy life.

Day 2: February 10, 2021

Blooming in Our Visions: Rising in Collective Power & Healing Racial Trauma

In this workshop we will delve into our radical imagination, free from where we have been and unrestricted from our lived realities. We hope to create a space that’s free flowing, and highlights why radical imagination is a powerful tool in dismantling harmful systems and creating systems change that centers Black Indigenous People of Color, is liberated, and has multi-racial solidarity.

Centering Equity in Payment and Delivery Reform

Despite a stated commitment by Medi-Cal and our public health systems to addressing health inequities, very few payment and delivery reform efforts have resulted in measurable reductions. The next chapter of health care delivery and payment reform in California offers both a significant opportunity to address disparities and potential challenges as we continue to push the envelope. Hear from consumers, state policymakers, health systems and providers about strategies and approaches to health system transformation that are centered in equity and responsive to the needs of consumers.

Connecting Our Movements: Criminal Justice is Health Justice

Why does local law enforcement spending so disproportionately outweigh health and social services spending and in what ways does it negatively impact our community health? This panel will address how we can advocate for resources to be invested equitably to reduce law enforcement involvement and invest in community-based programs and solutions. In an effort to address the root causes of health disparities, we must also focus on the impact of state-sanctioned violence, racism, and police brutality.

Effective Public Health Communications During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the ways public health professionals do health education and communications, both in who is messaging, and how the messages are disseminated. The pandemic has also underscored the significance of population-specific outreach, education and messaging that truly understand and respect population-specific health behaviors and beliefs. Furthermore, recognizing that health communication is crucial for the success of implementing policy change, community-based organizations, advocates and policy makers are learning to harness the strength of media and social media to drive attitude and behavioral changes. This workshop seeks to explore effective public health communications during the COVID-19 pandemic from a variety of perspectives that will improve health equity.

Day 3: February 11, 2021

Bridging the Gap: Collective Healing & Systems Change

This workshop will focus on connecting healing and systems change. Often times, there’s many separate and siloed conversations about healing and systems change. What happens when we bridge that gap and tap into both topics that allow for us to strategize and build upon frameworks for future policies in 2021?

Envisioning the Future of Public Health in California - Sponsored by Blue Shield of California

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the devastating consequences of our public health systems being under-resourced and underfunded for decades, hindering our ability to adequately respond to a global infectious disease and its socio-economic impacts of unprecedented scale. The movement for Black lives and calls to defund the police, following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, was yet another wake-up call in the soul searching of public health’s core mission to actively eliminate structural injustices and barriers to achieve optimal health for our society’s most marginalized. This workshop aims to discuss a critical first step to move us towards such vision and long-term recovery to build and strengthen partnerships and collaborations across all sectors, particularly those that honor, value and leverage community-based practices, community partnerships, and community self-determination.

Putting Consumers at the Center of Health Care - Sponsored by Delta Dental of California

Targeted care coordination can improve health outcomes and result in more equitable care for all. Although California’s Medi-Cal managed care plans and Medi-Cal Dental program are already required to provide this level of care coordination, many consumers are not aware of their eligibility for it and utilization is low. This panel will discuss efforts and challenges to improving how care is coordinated across systems, while touching on the importance of payment and delivery system changes, oversight, and stakeholder involvement as necessary components to improving care.


*Workshops and speakers are subject to change*

Special Requests





Blue Shield of California is an independent member of the Blue Shield Association



Silver Leaders


Bronze Leaders

California Community Foundation

Health Net

NextGen Policy


Copper Leaders

California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

Equity and Justice Supporter

Justice in Aging

Community Partners

The Children's Partnership

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Vision y Compromiso

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Sponsoring CPEHN’s Voices for Change conference is an opportunity to increase your visibility among influential health advocates and policy makers. Sponsorship also demonstrates your commitment to advancing equitable mental, oral, and primary health care for California’s diverse communities.

To become a Voices for Change sponsor, complete the Sponsorship Form. Send the completed form to Aviva Prager at aprager@cpehn.org. If you would like to pay online, click here. Thank you for your support and partnership to make our conference a success!

The deadline for sponsorships is January 15, 2021.

Sponsorship Tiers

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Click here to download the sponsorship form.