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Recuperative Care: From Hospital to Health to Home

August – october 2020 |

Session One – August 21, 10:00-11:30am PT
Recuperative Care: A Data Analysis
The team from Harder+Co will present the findings from the commissioned report, “Recuperative Care in Los Angeles County.”

Session Two – September 25, 10:00-11:30am PT
Recuperative Care: Now & Beyond
A panel of providers and community partners will share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges in the changing landscape of recuperative care.

Session 2 Panelists

Al Ballesteros, MBA, President & CEO of JWCH Institute

Al Ballesteros, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
JWCH Institute, Inc.

Since 2003, Al Ballesteros has served as president and chief executive officer of JWCH Institute, Inc., a federally qualified community health center based in Los Angeles. In service to the region’s most socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, JWCH operates multiple sites and a wide range of homeless and HIV outreach programs and specialty care services. In addition to his executive role at JWCH, Ballesteros also serves on the board of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, where he has held various roles including vice chair, finance committee chair and current co-chair of the Policy Advisory Group.  In 1992, Ballesteros was appointed to the Ryan White Planning Council, now the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV.  He has three times chaired this commission and is current co-chair.  Ballesteros is also a member of L.A. Care Health Plan Governing Board, elected by the local FQHC’s to represent their interests.  Lastly, Ballesteros serves on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare LA IPA, a non-profit organization coordinating the services of FQHCs, FQHC Look-a-Likes and safety-net health centers.

Kelly Bruno, President & CEO of National Health Foundation

Kelly Bruno
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Health Foundation

Kelly Bruno is president and chief executive officer of National Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works within under-resourced communities to identify and advance solutions that remove barriers and promote health for all.  She joined NHF in 2007, bringing over a decade of executive healthcare leadership and social service administration experience to the organization.

Bruno leads a team dedicated to working with local communities to tackle the social determinants of health and right the wrongs of health disparities. One of her most significant contributions was to spearhead a recuperative care program that provides hospitals with a safe place to discharge individuals experiencing homelessness.

Bruno also oversees programs that are changing the way neighborhoods can access healthy foods; shifting the level of expectations teen mothers set for themselves, their academics and their futures; and making it easier and safer for South Los Angeles residents to exercise and be active.

Dalma Diaz, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Home For Good team at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Dalma Diaz
Strategic Initiatives Manager, Home For Good
United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Dalma Diaz is the strategic initiatives manager on the Home For Good team at United Way of Greater Los Angeles. In her role, she has worked over the past year to deepen cross-sector coordination between the homeless and health care systems in LA County, most recently through the Health Pathways Initiative that emerged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dalma has previously worked in the homelessness sector through her role as policy analyst at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), where she worked on the development of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) policy and the 2018 Homeless Count. Prior to her work in homeless services, Dalma has worked to activate Latinx parent engagement and advocacy around LAUSD K-12 public education issues at the Mexican American Legal and Education Fund (MALDEF) and has been a near-peer educator through her service in City Year Los Angeles in South Los Angeles. Through her work, Dalma hopes to continue stitching together cross-sector solutions to meet the complex needs of the homeless population, especially older adults and families, through innovative investments and infusion of trauma informed care systemwide.

Session Three – October 23, 10:00-11:30am PT
Recuperative Care: Best Practices in Community & Hospital Partnerships
A panel of hospital and service providers discuss best practices in partnership for optimal patient health and housing outcomes.


Adjusting the Strategic Plan During the COVID Crisis

July 2020 |

Canterbury Consulting and Armanino

UniHealth Foundation recently participated on a webinar panel discussion hosted by Canterbury Consulting and Armanino. The webinar included guest panelists from nonprofit organizations whose operations have been directly affected by COVID-19. We also heard from foundations that are responding to the needs in their communities through emergency response funding and grants


Guest panelists included:

  • UniHealth Foundation, President and Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Vanore, Ph.D.
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Chief Financial Officer, Jason Seifer, CPA
  • Ventura County Community Foundation, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vanessa Bechtel



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