About Us


Who We Are

Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) is a community health improvement initiative led by the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) focused on reducing health disparities initially in the HASC region:

  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • Santa Barbara
  • San Bernardino
  • Ventura

CLC is working to advance significant systems change through a collective impact model involving hospitals and health systems, public health departments, community clinics, Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans and other stakeholders.


Board of Directors

Our 23-member Board of Directors is comprised of hospital, health plan, community clinic, public health, and related health association executives.



Dora Barilla, DrPH, GVP, Community Health Investment, Providence St. Joseph Health

Elaine Batchlor, MD, CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

David Batista, Executive Vice President, AHMC Healthcare Inc.

Katy Bazylewicz, VP, Marketing and Population Health, Cottage Health

Janelle Blanco, Executive Director, United Hospital Association

John Calderone, Ph.D., Retired Hospital CEO, Chair

Tracy Delaney, Ph.D., Executive Director, Public Health Alliance of Southern California

Karen Descent, Chief Nursing Officer, Parkview Community Hospital Center

Mark Gamble, Chief of Advocacy/Operations, Hospital Association of Southern California

William Garand, Vice President, Planning & Managed Care, Community Memorial Health System

Jennifer Sayles,Chief Medical Officer, Inland Empire Health Plan

Amber Kemp, Vice President, Health Coverage, California Hospital Association

Pub Khurana, Chief Strategy Officer, Providence St. Joseph

Carol Kim, Vice President of Community Investment & Government and Public Affairs

Marcia Manker, CEO, Orange County Region, MemorialCare Health System

Barbara Masters, Director, California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative

Louise McCarthy, President/CEO, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

Tom Priselac, President/CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System

Rick Rawson, Founder, HC2 Strategies, Inc.

Richard Seidman, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan

Julie Sprengel, Senior Vice President, Dignity Health

Scott Twomey, President, AllHealth & Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, HASC

John Yamamoto, VP, Legal, Government, Community Relations, & Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California


Our Team

Our staff consists of professionals with experience in health care and public health. We are dedicated to elevating community health and reducing health disparities.


Our Story

In January 2017, the board of the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) approved a new community health improvement initiative focused on reducing health disparities in the HASC region of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.


Our Vision, Mission & Values

We work to advance systems change through a collective impact model involving hospitals and health systems, public health departments, community clinics, Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans and community stakeholders. 

To assist hospitals, public health departments, and other stakeholders to collectively move the needle on reducing health disparities and improving community health.



The Planning Process

The CLC strategic planning process began in 2017 when CLC founding partners conducted an environmental scan and met with hospitals and local health departments to identify collective opportunities to improve community health and reduce health disparities.

CLC Priorities Areas

2018 – 2021 CLC Initiatives include six priority areas:

1. Community Health Improvement Initiatives

Maximize and support relationships between hospitals, public health departments and other stakeholders. These initiatives can also help develop quality improvement projects addressing clinical care, organizational change, and community engagement. Initiatives will focus on improving birth outcomes, diabetes prevention, homelessness and behavioral health.

2.  Hospital Advancements in Community Health Improvement

Showcases hospital efforts to improve community health and collaboratively create healthy communities through a variety of innovative population health strategies, initiatives, and partnerships.

3.  Hospital Strategic Leadership Training

Builds knowledge and understanding of population health improvement strategies. This training can also increase institutional capacity and alignment, and achieve greater equity, while engaging diverse stakeholders to address the social determinants of health.

4.  Innovative, Sustainable Financing Models for Prevention Initiative

Researches and identifies best practices and emerging examples of innovative financing models in the HASC region. A Capstone Roundtable at the 2020 HASC Annual Meeting will convene experts on innovative financing, community development, health care, and public health to discuss strategies and next steps for implementation.

5.  Community Planning and Investment

Facilitates regional convenings with health care, public health, and community stakeholders to explore specific strategies for alignment based on community health data, health needs, and community health improvement priority areas.

6. Data Analytics, Evaluation and Measurement Initiative

Integrates community and clinical data to develop community profiles, evaluates improvement interventions and can be used to recommend policy solutions that advance healthy community conditions.


Partners & Funders

Our accomplishments are made possible by the support of our funders, partners, and sponsors who advance our initiatives. Together, we strive to identify collective opportunities to improve community health and reduce health disparities in Southern California.


Contact Us

For general questions, please complete and submit the form below. For questions about Communitie Lifting Communities initiatives, programs and trainings, please make sure to specify the name on the topic.

515 South Figueroa Street, Suite 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3300
Phone: (213) 538-0700
Fax: (213) 629-4272