Reflection and gratitude

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A message from our CEO, Stephanie Sonnenshine:

In the last month of the year, I typically spend quite a bit of time in reflection and gratitude. I identify strengths and successes to build on and lessons to take to heart, what is calling for focus in the coming year, and where I need to extend my appreciation and return kindness. As a result, I choose to embrace each new year as a fresh start, both personally and professionally.

As I think about the Alliance’s year, I recognize that we are fortunate to partner with dedicated community-based organizations, providers and other partners who share in our commitment to health equity and our vision of “healthy people, healthy communities.” We could not do this work without you, and on behalf of the Alliance, I am beyond grateful for the important work you do in our communities.

Yet, this year wasn’t without its fair share of familiar challenges. This third year of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to illuminate the systemic obstacles to health that people with Medi-Cal face as they go about their daily lives. We are committed to continue leveraging local knowledge, skills and abilities to improve access and outcomes for our fellow community members with Medi-Cal.

In 2023, the Alliance will continue to focus on its mission of accessible, quality health care guided by local innovation while advancing our strategic priorities of health equity and person-centered delivery system transformation. We will increase preventive services for Alliance children, engaging families to get at the root causes of health disparities for our kids. We will improve member experiences in provider offices, finalize a behavioral health system design to increase member use and satisfaction and continue to lead the CalAIM initiative implementation in our communities.

In 2023, I will also be making a personal change, stepping away from the Alliance after 17 years with the organization. The Alliance’s board is well into its selection for the Alliance’s next CEO and I look forward to introducing that new leader to you in the coming months.

My time with the Alliance has been professionally satisfying and fulfilling. I have seen firsthand what local innovation can achieve. I am profoundly grateful for the years of partnership, dedication and commitment from the Alliance’s community. Thank you.

Stephanie Sonnenshine
Chief Executive Officer

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