Healthcare District Resources

Below you will find resources ACHD recommends to enhance your District's understanding of governance, health policy, and legislation. We have also provided links to relevant Associations and organizations you may access to create partnerships and find policy information, as well as some news publications and statewide organizations you might find helpful.

Board Governance 

AB 1234: Ethics training for local officials.

Encouraging a Culture of Innovation is designed to help Boards learn how to adapt to the ever-changing health care environment, analyze trends in health care, and explore new and creative ideas for addressing challenges.

Governance Authority Matrix Preview is designed to help Boards and Executive teams define and understand their relative responsibilities.

Practices for High-Performing Health System Boards discusses sensible behaviors needed among the members of health sector boards in US hospitals and health systems, and is designed to encourage leaders to master and apply behaviors that facilitate successful leadership.


California Legislative Information for information on all legislation, hearing, and the California Code.

The Governor of California for information regarding the Governor's office.

The California State Senate for updated news and information on the Senate, and to find your local Senator.

The California State Assembly for updated news and information on the Assembly, and to find your local Assemblymember.

The California Channel to watch live and archived proceedings of the California Legislature.

Health Policy

The Keckley Report: Paul Keckley, PhD, simplifies the world of health policy and key industry trends.

Public Health Institute is dedicated to improving health and wellness by discovering new research, strengthening key partnerships and programs, and advancing sound health policies.

National Rural Health Association aims to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research.

Public Policy Institute of California is dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.

Insurance & Worker's Compensation

BETA Healthcare Group provides professional liability and workers’ compensation coverage with a full complement of patient and employee safety consulting services to hospitals, healthcare facilities and medical groups.

Related Associations

California Special Districts Association provides education and training, insurance programs, legal advice, industry-wide litigation and public relations support, legislative advocacy, capital improvement and equipment funding, current information crucial to a special districts management and operational effectiveness.

Californians Allied for Patient Protection protects access to healthcare and patient safety through California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).

District Hospital Leadership Forum addresses financial issues of importance related to public District hospitals.

Special District Leadership Foundation promotes good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.

League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions that affect cities.

Rural County Representatives of California champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties.

California State Rural Health Association works to improve the health of rural Californians and the quality and accessibility of the heath care they receive.

California State Association of Counties represents county governments before the California Legislature, administrative agencies and the federal government.

California Primary Care Association represents more than 1300 not-for-profit community clinics and health centers that provide comprehensive, quality health care services, particularly for low-income, uninsured and underserved Californians.

California Medical Association represents the physicians of the state of California.

California Hospital Association advance the interests of California hospitals, patients and communities.

California Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping California businesses survive and thrive while complying with complex laws and regulations.


California Healthline is a free, daily publication featuring health care news, opinion and original reporting, designed to meet the information needs of busy health care professionals, decision makers, media organizations and consumers.

Capitol Weekly is a publication of Open California, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2012 to inform, enlighten and educate Californians about public policy and state governance, and to provide a platform for engagement with public officials, advocates and political interests.

California Health Report is a news site covering health and health policy throughout the state, with an emphasis on disadvantaged communities and populations.

Rough & Tumble is a snapshot of California public policy and politics based on the reporting from publications covering one of the most diverse, trendsetting places in the country.

State Departments

Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development collects data and disseminates information about California's healthcare infrastructure, promotes an equitably distributed healthcare workforce, and publishes valuable information about healthcare outcomes.

Secretary of State for information on elections and lobbying activity.

State Controller for information on the state's accounting of public funds.

California Department of Health Care Services for information on Medi-Cal and access to care.

California Department of Public Health for information about infectious disease control and prevention, food safety, environmental health, laboratory services, patient safety, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, family health, health equity and vital records and statistics.

Department of Industrial Relations for information on workers' compensation and other employment issues.