California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)

Communities of color represent 53 percent of California’s population. While this diversity brings cultural and linguistic richness to our state, it also highlights existing health care disparities between African Americans, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latinos, and Caucasians. Based in Oakland, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) works with partners in the state’s diverse communities to end such health disparities and ensure that all Californians have access to quality health care and can live healthy lives. CPEHN monitors, analyzes, and informs health policies affecting the health of communities of color. Through events such as the March 13th Legislative Briefing on Achieving Health Equity, CPEHN often brings together stakeholders in community, government, academia, and the private sector to engage in dialog and develop successful health policy recommendations and strategies.

Being an action-oriented and collaborative organization, CPEHN’s website provides several opportunities for its viewers to get involved in such work as well. Some examples include:

CPEHN also recently spoke on the importance of ensuring adequate language services for California’s non-English speaking populations at our February California Medicare Coalition meeting. This topic represents one of their four primary focuses for their work. The others include:

  • Addressing the social and environmental determinants of health disparities;
  • Improving health care access; and
  • Promoting data and research.

For more information on CPEHN, to sign up to receive action alerts and notices of upcoming trainings, and/or to gather your own multicultural data and resources for your advocacy efforts, visit CPEHN online at

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.