Elevating the Safety Net - Guiding Principles

L.A. Care's Elevating the Safety Net is based on a set of Guiding Principles. These five ideals shape our program planning and activities, ensuring that we address core values and issues in this crucial investment.

Increase Health Access

  • ​Expand the pool of providers serving Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Los Angeles County
  • Emphasize support to geographic areas in the county with disproportionate health care provider needs
  • Focus on primary care providers, including mid-levels (physician assistants, nurse practitioners), and those in high-demand specialties

Equity and Cultural Competence

  • Promote equity in grant programs to better address the needs of the underserved/vulnerable members of L.A. County and reduce health disparities
  • Increase the number of health care providers that can speak the languages and understand the cultures of L.A. County's diverse communities

Economic Opportunity

  • Reduce financial burdens on health care professionals, enabling them to serve the underserved and vulnerable community of their choice
  • Promote educational opportunities in health care, with a focus on L.A. County residents, where appropriate and feasible

Premier Health Care Workforce

  • Attract the best and most promising health care professionals to create a premier provider network

Resource Coordination

  • Collaborate with other interested organizations doing work in this area, including without limitation, the California Future Health Workforce Commission, UCSF HealthForce Center, provider trade associations, foundations and other health plans. 
  • Align with educational sector plans and priorities as these relate to the health care workforce.
  • Seek matching funds where possible.