Camarillo Health Care District named Healthcare District of the Year

(May 24, 2016) The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) is pleased to announce that Camarillo Health Care District received the Healthcare District of the Year award.  The award was presented at ACHD’s Annual Meeting on May 5th, 2016, in Monterey, CA.

To be recognized as Healthcare District of the Year, a District must have implemented programs and/or services that have yielded direct and measurable benefit on the health and well-being of its residents.  Camarillo Health Care District is dedicated to providing a wide range of community health, wellness, and safety services, and is recognized statewide as an innovative leader in person-centered community health care.

“The Board of Directors, staff and community in Ventura County are thrilled and humbled by this recognition”, says Kara Ralston, Chief Executive Officer of Camarillo Health Care District.  “This top state award confirms the professionalism, leadership and innovation of this District.  Our community can be very proud of the excellent services offered here.”

Camarillo Health Care District’s innovative “Changing Aging” campaign began when the District resolved to change key paradigms about aging.  The initiative focused on collecting data that would assist the District in creating targeted programs to change the philosophy and practice of healthcare’s relationship to aging.  The District also implemented the “Partners at Home” program, which prototypes innovative models of partnerships between physician groups, hospitals, accountable care organizations and health plans seeking community-based care “extenders” who work with patients that are fragile, socially complex, and costly.  The Camarillo Health Care District remains focused on implementing services and programs that improve community health and well-being, while offering added value to the community.

California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters created 78 Healthcare Districts to fulfill health local care needs. Of these, 54 serve the state’s rural areas. Healthcare Districts provide access to essential health services and are directly accountable at the community level. As a result, tens of millions of Californians have been able to access care that would otherwise be out of reach.


Association of California Healthcare Districts

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) represents Healthcare Districts throughout the state. The Association serves the diverse needs of California’s Healthcare Districts by enhancing public awareness, training and educating its members and advocating for legislation and regulatory policies that allow Healthcare Districts to deliver the best possible health services to Californians. Learn more at

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