CHA Seeks Board Nominations ~ Next 3-Year Term Starts July 1, 2020

California Health Advocates (CHA) seeks new board members for new three year term beginning July 1, 2020.  Nominations are due by March 31, 2020. 



California Health Advocates (CHA) provides quality Medicare and related healthcare coverage information, education, and policy advocacy.


CHA also promotes the work of the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Programs (HICAP) and other organizations that serve California’s 5.6 million Medicare beneficiaries of all ages.


CHA does this through providing statewide technical training and support to local HICAP offices, social and legal services agencies and other professionals who help Californians with questions about Medicare.  CHA also engages in broad based advocacy on behalf of the California Medicare population.  Go to for more information.



Of greatest importance is the candidate’s interest in the work of CHA, commitment to its objectives, intelligence, respect in the community, capacity for growth as a board member, capacity to influence favorable public opinion in important areas of the community, ability to work in concert with others, and willingness to ask questions, offer criticism and make suggestions through proper channels.  In addition, ability to assist in fund-raising activities or have connections to potential donors is highly desirable.


  • Participation in Board committees or sub-committees is highly recommended, and availability to be appointed to a specific board position (e.g. secretary, treasurer, etc.) when needed, is also highly desirable.
  • In-person attendance at Board meetings is expected.  Currently, the CHA Board meets four (4) times per year, currently twice a year in person, and twice via conference calls.  In-person meetings take place in Northern California and in Southern California, on dates set a year in advance.  Agendas and locations are provided usually within two weeks of meeting.  Travel reimbursement requests are considered, however, it is appreciated if members consider these costs as part of their contribution to the organization.



Candidates must agree to be nominated, and should submit their resumé along with a cover letter indicating why they would like to be nominated, and what they could bring to the organization. Criteria to be considered include:

  • Visibility
  • Connections to potential funders and donors
  • Political connections
  • Advocacy background
  • Board experience
  • Diversity (cultural, ethnic, geographic, disability, LGBT)
  • Someone in the provider community (potential)
  • Human Resources knowledge and experience
  • Non-profit or corporate management experience
  • Non-profit or corporate financial management experience
  • Academic connection
  • Labor/Retirement representation


Submit nominations to Jasmine Suo 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.