Covered California’s First Year: Strong Enrollment Numbers Mask Serious Gaps

Covered California, the state health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, deserves credit for strong enrollment numbers in its first year, but Greenlining’s analysis finds serious deficiencies in its outreach and enrollment efforts. In particular, Covered California must reach out more effectively to Californians who don’t speak English well.

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2014 Supplier Diversity Report Card: Unexpected Achievements and Continuing Gaps

Greenlining strongly supports programs that encourage large companies to do business with minority small businesses. Our 2014 Supplier Diversity Report Card documents a record-setting year for the CPUC’s supplier diversity program, with $8.5 billion in contracts going to diverse businesses.

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2013 Annual Report: Celebrating 20 Years

We are excited to share with you our 2013 Annual Report.

2013 was a remarkable year for The Greenlining Institute, in which we published 11 reports, organized more events than ever, and played a key role in shaping legislative developments and regulatory decisions in Sacramento and Washington. We also made plans to reclaim a failed bank building in downtown Oakland and transform it into not only Greenlining’s new home, but a hub for innovation, collaboration and revitalization.

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California’s Voting Age Population: English Proficiency & Barriers Faced

For many Asian and Latino voters, language barriers prevent full and meaningful participation in our democracy.  As California’s ethnic minorities continue to grow, our election policies and procedures must adapt to meet the needs of these diverse communities. This fact sheet analyzes the size and distribution of the limited-English citizen voting age population in California, highlights two access issues in election administration, and presents recommendations.

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Escaping the Old Boy Network: The Banking Industry and Supplier Diversity

California’s largest banks buy few goods and services from minority-owned businesses, according to the first study to ever examine such contracting in detail. In a state where people of color make up 60 percent of the population, banks obtained less than eight percent of the goods and services they procured in 2012 from businesses owned by African Americans, Latinos, Asians or Native Americans.

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Pathways Out of Poverty: Boys and Men of Color and Jobs in the Health Sector

California and the nation face a growing crisis of unemployment and underemployment among boys and men of color, but the rapid growth of the health services sector – with an urgent need for more health care workers – presents an unprecedented opportunity to address this problem. This report analyzes obstacles to health sector employment and how we can capitalize on opportunities provided by health care reform to address this crisis and provide more culturally competent care.

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Disconnected: What the Phone System’s Digital Transition Will Mean For Consumers

The accelerating shift to digital telephone networks could end basic standards like affordable service and 9-1-1 access, with great consequences for communities of color and low-income Americans. Greenlining’s Telecommunications analyzes the impact of this change and what the FCC needs to do to protect consumers.

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Voter Turnout: Odd-Year vs. Even-Year Elections in Los Angeles

Many California cities, including Los Angeles, hold their municipal elections in odd years, rather than in even years when state and national races are also on the ballot. Greenlining’s analysis finds that odd-year elections inhibit voter turnout compared to even-year elections. A skewed electorate due to low voter turnout undermines the integrity of our democracy and the chance for all communities to be fairly represented.

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Equity in California’s State Budget: A Conversation with Senator Mark Leno

When it comes to racial equity, California is ground zero. There is nothing more important to California’s Equity Ecosystem than California’s state budget. The Latino Community Foundation, California Forward, and The Greenlining Institute invite you to an important forum to discuss equity in California’s state budget on November 25th at the Bechtel Conference Center at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The day’s confirmed keynote speaker is the Honorable Mark Leno, State Senator, Representing the 11th Senate District of California.

A panel of key budget experts will follow Senator Leno. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Michelle Romero, Director, Greenlining’s Claiming Our Democracy Program
  • Raquel F. Donoso, Executive Director, Latino Community Foundation
  • Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget Project
  • Mai Yang Vang, Policy Associate, California Forward
  • Ellen Wu, Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • Valerie Cuevas, Director of External Relations, The Education Trust–West

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Not-For-Profit Hospitals and Community Benefit: What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us

Not-for-profit hospitals get a tax exemption in return for fulfilling a duty to improve community health — what’s called “community benefit.” Greenlining examined the publicly available records of California’s seven largest not-for-profit hospital systems and found that the data regarding their community benefit activities is too incomplete for the public to have a clear picture of whether they are meeting their responsibilities. Greenlining’s health team makes specific recommendations regarding ways to improve transparency and use community benefit dollars to help communities stay healthy.

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