Collaboration for Coverage: Developing a Winning Strategy for Keeping San Francisco Covered

  • Learn from presenters sharing their resources and expertise.
  • Workshops are targeted to help you be a more effective resource for the uninsured.
  • Network and connect with your colleagues.


On July 15, 2015, San Francisco Health Plan held the GGHI Network’s 7th Annual Stronger Bridges to Health Forum.  The event was entitled Developing a Winning Strategy for Keeping San Francisco Covered.

With remarkable gains in health coverage in recent years, we are now at a critical moment. The coming year will require the collaborative effort of many different individuals and organizations to sustain the momentum for enrollment and retention. Together, we can strengthen the foundation for keeping San Franciscans covered.

We explored the theme, “Developing a Winning Strategy for Keeping San Francisco Covered” throughout the day with our keynote address and interactive workshops led by experts in the field.  We are incredibly grateful to our distinguished speakers, moderators, and resource fair volunteers who have contributed so much to this forum. We also want to thank our community-based organization partners who work tirelessly throughout the year to help San Franciscans enroll and retain health coverage.

Finally we want to recognize all of the enrollers and application assistors across San Francisco. Your work is changing the lives of individuals and families in our diverse community. We hope this forum provided you with new ideas, new tools, and new partnerships that will enhance the essential work you do.

Below, you can download the presentations provided at the conference. Please note the following presentations are not for consumer use and are for informational purposes for the 2015 Stronger Bridges to Health Forum.


Event Program
GGHI 2015 Forum Program

Keynote Address
GGHI 2015 Keynote Address – Colleen Chawla


Inside Medi-Cal Managed Care
Inside Medi-Cal Managed Care – Janet Paine, Anthem Blue Cross
Inside Medi-Cal Managed Care – Carlos Garcia, Health Care Options
Inside Medi-Cal Managed Care – Sean Dongre, San Francisco Health Plan

One Community, Different Worlds: Culturally Effective Outreach
Culturally Effective Outreach – Nestor Gonzalez, Hispanic/Latino Portion
Culturally Effective Outreach– Nestor Gonzalez, Homeless Portion
Culturally Effective Outreach – Christina Nip, Chinese Portion

Integrating Behavioral Health into Medi-Cal
Integrating Behavioral Health into Medi-Cal – Laura Grossman & Varun Shankar

Addressing Demands for Health Literacy Support
Addressing Demands for Health Literacy Support – Maria Romero-Mora

Quick Sessions

Beyond the Rumors: Medi-Cal Estate Recovery
Medi-Cal Estate Recovery – Georgia Burke

Dream Chasers: Coverage Programs for Undocumented Immigrants
Coverage Programs for Undocumented Immigrants – Gabrielle Lessard

Healthy Kids 2.0
Healthy Kids 2.0 – Wendy Li

Stay Covered San Francisco!
Stay Covered SF – LaShenna Sirles


The Stronger Bridges to Health Forum is an informational conference and resource fair for community health coverage resource navigators who connect the uninsured to health coverage.  Participants have the opportunity to network with one another and participate in workshops aimed at improving their understanding of public health coverage programs, how to refer to them, and other topics.  For application assistors (which include HSF assistors, Covered California Counselors, etc) other topics will aim at strengthening their eligibility and screening skills and build their enrollment assistance abilities. The event is sponsored by San Francisco Health Plan and is made available to participants at no cost.

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