Last Updated 2/8/2016

California Health Policy Forum

Formed in 2005 by the Center for Health Improvement, the California Health Policy Forum provides an independent platform for education, idea sharing, and conversations among legislative and executive branch health policy staff about the vast array of health issues facing the state today. Health care has never been more important than it is today, as individual states and the nation struggle to identify effective ways to increase access to care, improve quality, and manage costs.


On issues that are complex and increasingly partisan, the Forum provides a rare neutral venue for learning and discussion of policy recommendations among legislative and executive staff, enriching the dialogue over health care at the highest levels of state government. By delivering high-quality information and analyses, the Forum helps policymakers in seeking solutions to some of our state’s most challenging problems.


The California Health Policy Forum invites leading experts from across California and the country to present the latest evidence, innovations, and thinking in an exploration of current pressing health care issues. The Forum also synthesizes the latest research and analyzes health care issues in published briefs that offer concrete policy recommendations on a range of topics that legislators and state health agency need to understand.


The California Health Policy Forum is:

  • Nonpartisan and does not advocate for any particular policy, political party, or legislation.
  • Participant-driven, guided by surveys of legislative and agency staff, and steering and advisory committees composed of top health policy experts in the state.
  • Solutions-oriented, focused on identifying evidence-based actionable policy recommendations.

Missed Our Latest Forums?

Access presentations and background materials from our latest briefings. The latest briefing, "Chronic Disease Prevention: The Social Equity Lens" was held on March 26, 2015. On February 12, 2015, a briefing titled "The Status of the Implementation of Medi-Cal Mental Health Services" was held. Prior to that, a briefing titled "Preventing Violence, Promoting Health" was held on Thursday, August 1, 2013.  "Designed for Health: Using Evidence to Transform California Communities," co-sponsored with the Public Health Institute (PHI), was held Friday, April 19, 2013. A briefing on County Health Rankings: Designing a Roadmap to Health in California Communities, co-sponsored with the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) and PHI, was held April 5, 2013.

Read Our Recent Policy Briefs

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Funding for the California Health Policy Forum is provided by grants from the California HealthCare Foundation and The California Endowment.