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2023 Annual Meeting: In-Person Energy Makes for Meaningful Dialogue   

I’m still reflecting on the success of this year’s HASD&IC annual meeting. I have many takeaways, but what really comes to mind is the energy that everyone brought to the gathering. There were more than 180 people joining us this year and everyone came to the table ready to converse, connect, and exchange ideas on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The reality is we’re often working in silos, so this meeting was a chance to reconnect, bridge gaps, and talk through solutions in real time with our colleagues. Our partners from across the region were in attendance, including leadership from local government, community-based organizations, consumer advocates, federally qualified health centers, and community colleges. Engaging throughout the day gave us the opportunity to remember we all have one goal: to support the health of our region.

Panel discussions on new state policies related to behavioral health offered insight on implementation plans at the state and local levels, the latest on the use of artificial intelligence in health care, and how we can best partner with Medi-Cal managed care plans to support patients’ health and social needs. A keynote address from CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle provided updates on state policies, the health care landscape, and opportunities in 2024.

Beyond the panels, we also came together to honor the legacy of our esteemed colleague Greg Knoll. With unwavering dedication, Greg devoted his life to serving those who are most vulnerable, and he will be remembered as an ardent champion of the underserved. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the meeting this year, from our members and community partners to speakers, special guests, and sponsors.

Please visit the 2023 HASD&IC Annual Meeting web page for event highlights, including a photo gallery and video recordings. As great as this year’s meeting was, we want to continue to improve. Your feedback is an essential part of the process. If you haven’t yet responded, please take a few minutes to complete the online evaluation.

Solutions come from building relationships, and with so much positive energy in the room I’m truly optimistic about the future. Thank you again to everyone who attended, and I look forward to seeing you next year to continue the conversation.