The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), in collaboration with Dialogue4Health, the Center for Health Improvement, and the California HealthCare Foundation, has initiated this four-part Web Forum series in response to a recent report by the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center. This report identified 51 metrics that California could use to measure the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health insurance coverage, affordability and comprehensiveness of coverage, and access to care – including metrics that can be derived from the data collected by OSHPD. 

While the University of Minnesota report did not suggest any specific population metrics in its recommendations, the ACA calls for the National Quality Strategy to “improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health,” and recent activity in California, in particular the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force report, have highlighted the need to focus on population health metrics in order to achieve the triple aim of better health, better care, and lower cost.  As such, the OSHPD dataset that will be featured in this Web Forum are California indicators that have been developed in collaboration with the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Particular emphasis will be on the thirteen area level prevention quality indicators. Speakers are expected to present the opportunities and challenges around this new emphasis on population health metrics from the health care provider perspective and the public health perspective and to discuss the role of the OSHPD and other datasets. 

At the conclusion of the Web Forum, participants should have gained an appreciation of some of the key issues related to the integration of population metrics into health care assessment and vice versa.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • What population health data do we currently have, and how can it be used to support the evaluation of health care reform?
  • What new data do we need? Who should be responsible for collecting and using it? How can it be integrated with the data that are currently available?
  • How will health care reform affect the relationship among health care providers, purchasers, payers, and public health departments?
  • Where do we go from here? What are some next steps that should be taken?


Ron Spingarn

Deputy Director, Healthcare Information Division

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Sacramento, CA

Ron 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),…

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Phil Madvig, MD

Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Group, Inc., Northern California Region

Kaiser Permanente

Oakland, CA

Philip Madvig joined The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) in 1983 as a practicing internist at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, California. Five years later, he became Physician-in-Chief of the San Francisco Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. In 1997, Dr. Madvig assumed the role of Associate Executive Director for TPMG…

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Steven Teutsch, MD, MPH

Chief Science Officer, Department of Public Health

County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Steven M. Teutsch is the Chief Science Officer, Los Angeles County Public Health where he works on evidence-based public health and policy. From 1997-2009 he was with the Outcomes Research and Management program at Merck where he was responsible for scientific leadership in developing evidence-based clinical management programs and improving…

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Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH

Sr. Vice President Emeritus, External Relations and Preventive Medicine

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

  • Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's Senior Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor and the Director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice. A long-standing voice for the public's health, Nevarez is responsible for developing relationships with health and public health organizations and interests, advocating for…

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Karen Shore, PhD

President and CEO

Center for Health Improvement

Oakland, CA

Karen Shore is president and CEO of the Center for Health Improvement (CHI) and has 20 years of experience in health policy and health services research. Among her projects at CHI, she leads the California Health Policy Forum, which provides an independent platform for education, idea sharing, and conversations among…

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