California Primary Care Association and Capital Impact Partners Launch $25 Million COVID Response Loan Fund for Community Health Centers | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — California’s community health centers (CHCs) are facing significant lost revenue as a result of business disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, CHCs are incurring unforeseen costs to implement technology for virtual health consultations. The impacts of the pandemic have been further exacerbated for many CHCs by the wildfires plaguing the state.

To bridge this cash flow gap, the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and Capital Impact Partners have launched the $25 million CPCA COVID Response Loan Fund to provide flexible financing for CHCs. Fund investors include the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation, and UnitedHealth Group.

It is a vital need, as CHCs not only serve one-in-six Californians, but also a predominate number of patients who fall below the federal poverty level.  California CHCs

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California parents mostly disapprove of distance learning, poll finds

Six-year-old Ezra holds up a drawing for his first grade Zoom class. <span class="copyright">(Courtney Patterson)</span>
Six-year-old Ezra holds up a drawing for his first grade Zoom class. (Courtney Patterson)

As most public and private school students in California continue to study from home, a majority of voters say the state’s schools are not prepared to offer high-quality distance learning, although they are more positive about their own local schools, according to a poll released Thursday.

Parents worry that if children are at home for the rest of the year, it will result in learning loss for all students, but especially for the most economically vulnerable who suffer from hunger or housing insecurity. Low-income parents, in particular, worry that prolonged distance learning will mean they won’t be able to get back to work, according to a poll commissioned by EdSource, a nonprofit education news organization.

The poll was conducted online between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7 by the FM3 Research polling firm and surveyed 834 registered

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California Primary Care Association and Capital Impact Partners Launch $25 Million COVID Response Loan Fund for Community Health Centers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — California’s community health centers (CHCs) are facing significant lost revenue as a result of business disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, CHCs are incurring unforeseen costs to implement technology for virtual health consultations. The impacts of the pandemic have been further exacerbated for many CHCs by the wildfires plaguing the state.

To bridge this cash flow gap, the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and Capital Impact Partners have launched the $25 million CPCA COVID Response Loan Fund to provide flexible financing for CHCs. Fund investors include the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation, and UnitedHealth Group.

It is a vital need, as CHCs not only serve one-in-six Californians, but also a predominate number of patients who fall below the federal poverty level.  California CHCs

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California Commissioner Makes Appointments to Insurance Boards

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has added new members to the California Department of Insurance’s Curriculum Board, the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association’s Board of Directors, and the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Governing Committee.

Rene Swan has been appointed to the Curriculum Board, which oversees the development of prelicensing and continuing education curriculum for agents and brokers licensed by the California Department of Insurance to uphold professional standards that protect consumers. Swan is president of United Valley Insurance Services Inc., a property/casualty insurance agency network of over 85 independent agencies. Swan has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Swan joins the board as a property/casualty trade association representative with a term ending on Oct. 2, 2023.

Alan Acosta has been appointed to the CLHIGA Board, which includes all insurance companies licensed to sell life and health insurance, and annuities, in California as

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California Dad’s Remote Learning Invention, TutorCam, Creates a Sensation

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A California dad’s wish to improve remote learning for teachers and students during the COVID-19 pandemic has quickly become an impressive reality. 

Brandon Kennington was helping teach a math class via Google Meet at his kids’ Los Angeles school in March when he came up with the idea for TutorCam – a simple, inexpensive document camera to provide an extra viewing window for teachers and students during regular video conferencing.

Fast forward to today and TutorCam (tutorcampro.com) is a sensation.

NBC’s Today Show just declared TutorCam a “must-have” in a segment hosted by style expert Jenn Falik, who told the iconic morning show’s audience the device was one of her favorite products for fall.

Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, where Brandon earned a mechanical engineering degree, gave TutorCam a rave review.

“WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THAT?” the school wrote

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California Unveils Plans for K-12 Anti-Racism Curriculum

Illustration for article titled California Announces ‘Education to End Hate’ Curriculum, Trump’s Threats to Withhold Funding Be Damned

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California has decided to swipe left on y’all’s president’s threats to withhold funding from the state if it implements antiracism courses into its school curricula. On Monday, the Golden State unveiled plans to offer antiracist training to public school officials and students as well as mandatory ethnic studies courses for public schools.

Newsweek reports that California’s Department of Education defines the “Education to End Hate” initiative as a training program that aims to “empower educators and students to confront the hate, bigotry, and racism rising in communities across the state and nation.”

From Newsweek:

The initiative will offer educators $200,000 annually in mini-grants for receiving antiracism and bias training; allow students, educators, and families to attend a “virtual classroom series” to address modern-day discrimination and how to end it; and roundtable discussions between lawmakers, educators and prominent racial and social justice organizations

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