SACRAMENTO – More than 100 Healthcare District trustees and professional staff from across the state gathered for ACHD’s 65th Annual Meeting, September 12-14, to learn and share about the challenges and opportunities their communities face as they navigate the evolving landscape of healthcare.
The three-day conference in San Diego – titled “Future Roles and Challenges of Healthcare Districts” – featured a dynamic lineup of speakers and presentations covering an array of topics. Workshops covered issues such as: how Healthcare Districts can find opportunities to share their standards of accountability and show community outcomes in a Municipal Service Review; learning how the state’s health insurance exchange, Covered California, is adapting amid ongoing state and federal policy changes; and what is the state of behavioral health services in California and how it affects some of the most vulnerable populations served by Healthcare Districts.
Featured keynote speakers included Gyre Renwick with Lyft who heads the company’s healthcare, government and education partnerships. Renwick discussed how Lyft is partnering with health organizations to improve service access for patients and lower costs for organizations and businesses.
Among the highlights of the Annual Meeting was the recognition of Mayers Memorial Hospital District as ACHD’s District of the Year. The designation is awarded each year to a Healthcare District for its commitment to improving the health of the communities it serves. Mayers Memorial Hospital District, located in Shasta County, received the award for its “Planting Seeds and Growing Our Own” internship program. The program offers high school seniors the opportunity to spend 20 hours a week over four months to gain skills and knowledge working in the District’s hospital and learning about career opportunities. Given the healthcare workforce shortages many rural regions face, the program has been instrumental in allowing Mayers Memorial Hospital District to build its next generation of healthcare professionals.