Governor Jerry Brown recently issued an executive order establishing the "Let's Get Healthy California Task Force." The task force will be charged with developing a 10-year plan to improve Californians’ health and prioritize how health care dollars are spent. The order also stated that the plan should promote personal responsibility for individual health, identify obstacles to better care and establish a framework for measuring improvements.
The California Medical Association (CMA) commends the Brown Administration for taking the initiative to create the task force.
“The Governor’s program perfectly reflects CMA’s priorities – decreasing childhood obesity, increasing good public health, improving vaccination policy and addressing how patients seek the care that they need,” says CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran. “This task force is a step in the right direction to help get California healthy.”
The task force, according to the executive order, must by December 15 report on baseline data and set targets for:
- Reducing diabetes, asthma, childhood obesity, hypertension, and sepsis-related mortality
- Reducing hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge
- Increasing the number of children receiving recommended vaccines by age 3
"CMA and our 35,000 member physicians look forward to working closely with the task force,” says Corcoran.