The HASD&IC Biweekly Briefing provides timely news and information for HASD&IC members and associates and is published on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Key articles and issues of interest from each publication, along with the President’s Message, are included here.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Hospitals’ Role in Addressing Food Insecurity

September 15, 2021

September is Hunger Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raise awareness — not just locally, but across the U.S. — of individuals and families who face food insecurity, and the impact hunger has on overall health and well-being.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Vaccine Approval Could Be a Game-Changer in Fight Against the Pandemic

September 1, 2021

With last week’s full approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Pfizer vaccine for ages 16 and over, there is great hope that it will help those who remain unvaccinated to get off the fence.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Watching — and Waiting — As Students Return to Campus

August 18th, 2021

The start of the new school year typically brings with it a certain amount of trepidation for students, parents, and teachers alike. This year, that trepidation is only enhanced by COVID-19.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Hospitals Must Do All They Can to Keep Health Care Workers, Patients Safe

Last week’s public health officer order on COVID-19 testing and personal protective equipment for unvaccinated health care workers and state employees may not be sitting well with some, but it’s the right thing to do. As cases — and hospitalizations — continue to rise both regionally and throughout the state, more must be done to help stem the virus.


President’s Message: COVID-19 Won’t Shake Its Grasp

On the off-chance that anyone needed proof of COVID-19’s relentless grasp on the state and the region specifically, one only needs to take a quick look at the numbers.


President’s Message: Healing the Emotional Scars from the Pandemic

Even in the best of times, burnout is common for health care workers. The pandemic — which uprooted workplace routines and turned knowns into unknowns — has only made these stressful and demanding jobs that much harder.


President’s Message: Best Wishes to Sara Steinhoffer of Sharp HealthCare

While the Biweekly Briefing was not originally scheduled to publish this week, I would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Sara Steinhoffer, who is retiring on July 2 after 12 years as vice president of government relations at Sharp HealthCare.


President’s Message: Optimism as California Fully Reopens

More than a year ago, the world as we had known it changed — perhaps forever. Those who were working in offices were sent home. Restaurants pivoted to delivery and take out. Doctors’ and dentists’ offices turned to telehealth or even closed temporarily.


President’s Message: Drastic Changes Ahead for Medi-Cal Contracts

By year’s end, we should know which two health plans the state has chosen to administer Medi-Cal contracts in San Diego County.


President’s Message: Shining the Spotlight on Behavioral Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year — more than ever — it’s important to put the spotlight on this issue.


President’s Message: Hospitals’ Vital Role in Helping Counties Hit Vaccine Milestones

San Diego County hit a milestone last week in the fight against COVID-19: 1 million vaccines administered. That puts the county halfway to what public health officials say is their goal of fully vaccinating 75% — or 2,017,011 — of San Diego County residents 16 and older.


President’s Message: Our Team Is United to Help Your Teams

Since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago, your hospitals have been on the front lines, treating patients non-stop, continuing to care for all Californians in all ways. You canceled non-elective surgeries, retrofitted space to accommodate a surge of patients, purchased protective and clinical equipment, and hired more staff.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: A New Look and Feel for the HASD&IC Newsletter

Welcome to the redesigned and revamped HASD&IC Biweekly Briefing. Designed for HASD&IC members and associate members, this newsletter is filled news, educational information, events, and more.