Web Forum

Are We There Yet -- How Will We Know If Health Care Reform Is Working? Community Health Needs Assessment, OSHPD Data, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific

This Web Forum is the fourth in a series of Web Forums sponsored by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) in collaboration with the Public Health Institute, the Center for Health Improvement, and the California HealthCare Foundation. The purpose of the series is to demonstrate how OSHPD datasets and data products can be used to support the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This Web Forum will focus on the ACA requirement for community health needs assessment and will provide participants with a conceptual overview of the process, a description of OSHPD’s hospital community benefit planning activities, a review of the data and tools that are available to support community health needs assessments, and will present “lessons learned” by the San Francisco Public Health Department when it engaged in this process. At the conclusion of the session, participants should have:

  • a framework for conducting a needs assessment at the local level and translating the assessment into health improvement;
  • an understanding of who the stakeholders are, opportunities for strategic collaboration, and the advantages of consolidating efforts among stakeholders; and
  • information on OSHPD data sources and other resources for needs assessment.






    Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP
    Senior Investigator
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCPKevin is a Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute. For the past 20 years, he has been engaged in research and fieldwork in two areas; hospital community benefit and health workforce diversity. Kevin has worked closely with a broad array of hospitals and health systems across the country on both the advancement of community benefit practices and strategies to increase health workforce diversity. Kevin served on the IOM committee that produced the 2004 report “In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce,” and co-authored a report of findings from a study examining the role of teaching hospitals included in the parallel Sullivan Commission report entitled “Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions.” He has also led two national studies examining diversity-related accreditation standards. He currently serves as the Co-Director of the California Health Workforce Alliance. (www.phi.org)

    Ron Spingarn
    Deputy Director
    Healthcare Information Division
    California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
    Sacramento, CA

    Ron SpingarnRon Spingarn oversees the collection, release and public reporting of healthcare quality and financial data by OSHPD’s Healthcare Information Division. Since 2000, healthcare policy positions for the State of CA that he has held include Legislative & External Affairs Director for the board administering the Children’s Health Insurance Program (2006-08), Legislative Staff for State Senator & Senate Insurance Committee Chair (2004-06), and Manager and acting Legislative Coordinator at Department of Managed Health Care (2000-04). Previously, he worked for universities, local government, and community-based and international health organizations, focusing on behavioral health and HIV/AIDS prevention and care for more than 10 years.

    He received a Master of Science from Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, College of Communication. (www.oshpd.ca.gov)

    Amy Neuwelt, MPH
    CDC Public Health Prevention Service Fellow
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Amy Neuwelt, MPHAmy Neuwelt, MPH, is a CDC Public Health Prevention Service Fellow with the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California. Ms. Neuwelt leads many aspects of PHI’s population data strategy including the design and implementation of a customized data, communications and content management system for CA4Health, the CDC Community Transformation Grant awarded to PHI. She also currently serves on the technical team for CHNA.org, a free web-based platform designed to assist critical access hospitals, non-profit organizations, state and local health departments, and other organizations conduct robust community health needs assessments and design effective implementation strategies. Ms. Neuwelt holds a B.A. in Community Health from Brown University and a MPH degree in Population and Family Health from Columbia University. (www.phi.org and www.cdc.gov/phps)

    Tomás Aragón, MD, DrPH
    Health Officer
    City & County of San Francisco
    San Francisco Department of Public Health

    Tomás Aragón, MD, DrPHDr. Aragon is the Health Officer of the City & County of San Francisco, and Director of the Population Health Division at the SF Department of Public Health. As health officer, he exercises leadership and legal authority to protect and improve health and health equity. As PHD Director he oversees public health services. He teaches epidemiologic computing at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and is interested in the practical application of decision and complexity sciences to health leadership and organization performance. He is a fellow in the UC San Francisco California Health Care Foundation Leadership Program, and the NACCHO Health Officials Survive & Thrive Program. (www.sfdph.org)


    Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH
    Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPHDr. Nevarez has over 32 years of experience as a physician and 29 years as a public health practitioner, having served as the Director of Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer, City of Berkeley, California, as well as in various clinical settings including Medical Director at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland. She is Immediate Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Her areas of expertise include women's reproductive health, community based strategies for chronic disease prevention, and social media for public health. (www.phi.org and www.Dialogue4Health.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Barnett/Public Health Institute



Neuwelt/Public Health Institute

Aragón/San Francisco Department of Public Health




The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.


The following websites provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

Formation of Health Systems Learning Group in 2011
OSHPD: Community Benefits Plans
OSHPD: Data and Measures for Utilization
OSHPD: Data and Measures for Quality Indicators
OSHPD: Financial Data and Measures
OSHPD: GIS Mapping/Healthcare Atlas


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Center for Health Improvement Public Health Institute Logo

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Center for Health Improvement

Public Health Institute