On September 18-19, 2014, ALPHA Fund sponsored an annual educational tour of California’s Healthcare Districts and ALPHA Fund Participants, inviting Legislative Staff, key stakeholders, and Local Government officials.
This event showcases the diversity of the state’s Healthcare Districts in some of the most rural parts of Central California. This year’s tour presented an overview of the Districts themselves and focused on challenges in providing access to health care, attracting and retaining a qualified workforce, and discussing labor issues such as workers compensation and risk management.
During the two day event, participants had the opportunity to visit three diverse Healthcare Districts. First, the group toured Chowchilla Memorial Healthcare District in Chowchilla, then John C. Fremont Healthcare District in Mariposa, and finally Southern Mono Healthcare District in Mammoth Lakes. Each District hosted the group and showed participants the purpose, mission, and history unique to each one. Attendees were given a first-hand experience of core services provided at each District with a tour of the facilities owned and operated by the Districts.
A common theme throughout the tour this year was the challenges with OSHPD regulations that healthcare facilities face as well as staff requirements. Both of which are particularly difficult in rural areas, where resources and funding are harder to come by.
It was evident at each District that the staff, from management to nursing, deeply care about their patients and are invested in their community. From the horse dancing events at Chowchilla, to the beautifully decorated chemo therapy room at Mammoth Hospital, it’s the little details that make a big difference.
This year's Experience the Diversity Tour was a wonderful success and we look forward to our Experience the Diversity Tour in 2015.
Some highlights of the Experience can be seen here