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CANHR Consumer Outreach


As part of CANHR’s mission to provide consumer education and advocacy support through community outreach, CANHR staff regularly travel near and far to participate in a wide variety of events. If you would like to invite CANHR to a support group, resource fair, or other event in your community, please call our office at (415) 974–5171.

2015

  • February 25: Long Term Care Advocate Mike Connors hosted a CANHR information table at the Dementia Care Partnership Event in Pasadena.
  • February 25: Long Term Care Advocate Julie Pollock spoke at the Coast side Adult Day Health Center in Half Moon Bay.
  • February 17: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel presented to the Alzheimer's Association and discussed CANHR services, trainings and collaboration.
  • February 10:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez spoke to Kaiser social workers in Gardena
  • January 28: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel spoke to the fine staff of Hayward Hills Healthcare Center and provided an in-service training on capacity and resident rights.
  • January 23: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole gave a presentation at the Institute of Aging’s San Francisco Conference, “Swindles, Scams and Schemes: Exposing the Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation Epidemic.”
  • January 13:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at Alice Manor in Los Angeles.

2014

  • December 18: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel gave a presentation on CANHR services for the Center for Health Care Rights' HICAP Volunteer Counselor holiday meeting in Burbank.
  • November 18: Prescott Cole attended the Bureau of Professional Fiduciaries Advisory Committees quarterly meeting.
  • November 15: Pat McGinnis participated in a panel presentation at the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Annual Convention in San Francisco.
  • November 14: Prescott Cole attended a Consumer Federation of California legislative planning meeting in Sacramento.
  • November 8: Pat McGinnis participated in a panel presentation on “Know Your Benefits” at the Alzheimer’s Associations annual Circle of Care conference in Foster City.
  • October 31: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole presented at the National Adult Protective Services Association’s 5th Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation in Portland, Oregon.
  • October 28: Prescott Cole Participated in the Bureau of Professional Fiduciaries Educational Sub-Committee Meeting.
  • October 24: Jody Spiegel attended a board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • October 23: Prescott Cole gave a presentation on New RCFE Laws at California Legal Advocates (LAAC) Travel Training in Sacramento.
  • October 22: Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the South Pasadena Senior Center for a workshop on “Preparing to Make Decisions.”
  • October 17: Executive Director Pat McGinnis lectured on admission and retention issues at the San Francisco State University RCFE Administrator Certification Program.
  • October 16: Tony Chicotel was a guest lecturer at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.  He spoke about the California legislative process.
  • October 14: Prescott Cole gave a presentation on New RCFE Laws at California Legal Advocates (LAAC) Travel Training in Fresno.
  • October 14: Jody Spiegel attended a meeting of the Department of Social Service's Administrator Certification Section Advisory Committee.
  • October 8:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the Theresa Lindsay Senior Center for their October-Fest Senior Health Fair.
  • October 7: Administrative Assistant Kyle Matthews attended the 15th Annual Senior Recourse Faire at the Silliman Activity & Family Aquatic Center in Newark, CA.
  • October 3: Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at Cerritos Senior Center for the 2014 Health and Wellness Fair.
  • October 1: Prescott Cole taught a class on Medi-Cal Long Term Care at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
  • September 23: Tony Chicotel attended a board meeting of the California Culture Change Coalition.
  • September 18:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 14th Annual Seniors Celebrating Life Social Luncheon, courtesy of Councilman Curren D. Price Jr.
  • September 17: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel attended a meeting of the East Bay chapter of the California Association of Health Facilities and gave a presentation on dementia care and the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs.
  • September 9: Senior Staff Attorney Prescott Cole participated in the TEXCOM Education Senior Project Committee Meeting.
  • September 9: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel attended a meeting of the WISE & Healthy Aging Community Advisory Council.
  • August 19: Tony Chicotel and Mike Connors participated in a meeting of the Statewide Partnership to Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use and Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.
  • August 18: Tony Chicotel was part of a panel discussing abuse and neglect of people with disabilities hosted by the People With Disabilities Foundation. 
  • August 15: Staff Attorney Jody Spiegel attended a board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • August 13:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez visited California State Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to support SB 1124.
  • August 8: Prescott Cole represented CANHR at the San Francisco premier showing of the Documentary "Alive Inside".  
  • August 7: Prescott Cole made a Medi-Cal recovery presentation at the San Francisco Forensic Center Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting.
  • August 6: Office Manager Armando Rafailan attended the Thirteenth Annual Healthy Aging Fair in Hayward California.
  • July 31: Tony Chicotel co-presented a webinar on the state of assisted living hosted by the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • July 30: Tony Chicotel presented a webinar, hosted by the Family Caregiver Alliance, on improving dementia care by focusing on comfort instead of sedation.  
  • July 25: Tony Chicotel presented at a Share the Care meeting in Napa. The topic was avoiding antipsychotics and improving dementia care.
  • July 24: Long Term Care Advocate Mike Connors participated in a training session for the Comfort Care as the New Medicine in San Diego. This event was co-sponsored by CANHR, Elder Law & Advocacy and the Southern Caregiver Resource Center.
  • July 15: Tony Chicotel participated in the board meeting of the California Culture Change Coalition.
  • July 11: Tony Chicotel attended the Legal Aid Association of California's (LAAC) statewide meeting in San Francisco.
  • July 9: Prescott Cole made a presentation to the San Mateo Ombudsmen about Medi-Cal and SNF issues.
  • July 1: Prescott Cole participated on the State Bar Legal Services Coordination Meeting.
  • June 25: Prescott Cole made a presentation about RCFE laws to the Area Agency on Aging meeting in Vallejo. 
  • June 11: Efrain Gutierrez visited State Senator Ricardo Lara’s district office to support SB 1124.
  • June 11:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez visited State Senator Kevin Del Leon’s district office to support SB 1124.
  • June 4: Tony Chicotel co-presented a webinar, hosted by the Legal Aid Association of California.
  • June 4: Tony Chicotel participated in the POLST Task Force meeting hosted by the California Coalition for Compassionate Care.
  • June 2: Staff Attorney Tony Chicotel presented a webinar on the RCFE Reform Act of 2014 for the Stanislaus County Council on Aging.
  • May 29: Staff Attorney Prescott Cole, as the Governor’s Appointee, attended the meeting of the Professional Fiduciary Advisory Committee in Sacramento.
  • May 29: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, as Governor’s Appointee, attended a meeting of the Professional Fiduciary Advisory Committee in Sacramento
  • May 28: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, co-hosted a webinar with Tena Alonzo on dementia care and a comfort-centered approach to the staff of the Department of Social Services' Community Care Licensing Division.
  • May 22:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the South Pasadena Senior Center Health Fair. 
  • May 22: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, attended the San Francisco Bioethics forum meeting.
  • May 21: Pauline Mosher, Program Manager, spoke about Medi-Cal recovery on a Vietnamese radio show called Program to Learn About the Law 1290 AM, KAZA.
  • May 20: Staff Attorneys, Prescott Cole and Tony Chicotel presented at the Legal Assistance for Seniors' ninth annual Elder Abuse Conference at UC Hastings in San Francisco.  Their presentation was entitled "Nothing Happens by Accident: How the Law Shapes Elder Abuse and How Elder Abuse Shapes the Law."
  • May 19: Office Manager, Armando Rafailan, attended the 3rd annual dementia resource awareness Event in San Francisco.
  • May 16: Staff Attorney, Jody Spiegel, attended a Board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • May 14: Operations Manager, Robert Martien, hosted a CANHR information table at the Richmond Civic Center for the 32nd Annual Richmond Commission on Aging Senior Health and Information Faire
  • May 12: Long Term Care Advocate, Mike Connors, gave a presentation on residents' rights to the residents of Rosewood Court in Pasadena.
  • May 10:  Over 100 private bar and legal services attorneys attended a one-day CANHR attorney training at the Pickwick Gardens in Burbank.
  • May 9:  Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez participated in the Social Worker Advocacy Program at the Magnolia Place Family Center in Los Angeles.
  • May 9:  Pat McGinnis presented a session on Medi-Cal Recovery and Cal MediConnect at the CANHR-sponsored SWAP training in Los Angeles.
  • May 5: Staff Attorney, Jody Spiegel, coordinated a meeting of the RCFE Advocacy Coalition.  
  • April 30: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, gave a presentation on civil rights for seniors to the Fresno and Madera County Long Term Care Ombudsman program.
  • April 29: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, attended the Board meeting of the California Culture Change Coalition.
  • April 25: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, attended a press conference hosted by Senator Ellen Corbett on the RCFE Reform Act of 2014.
  • April 22: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, taught a class on elder law to graduate students at San Francisco State University.
  • April 18: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel traveled to Clearlake to talk about civil rights for seniors at the Lake and Mendocino County Area Agency on Aging's Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Conference.
  • April 16:  Pat McGinnis presented a session on Medi-Cal Recovery and the Coordinated Care Initiative at a health care community forum at the Santa Clara Convention Center sponsored by the Sourcewise HICAP Program
  • April 4: Staff Attorney, Jody Spiegel attended the 2014 Support Center Meeting of the Legal Aid Association of California at Public Counsel's offices in Los Angeles.
  • March 27: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, presented a CANHR-hosted webinar on dementia care and physical and chemical restraints for Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
  • March 26:  Pat McGinnis presented a CANHR-sponsored webinar, “Medi-Cal Recovery and the Affordable Care Act,” for legal services program staff.
  • March 25: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, attended a NAPSA Elder Abuse Subcommittee planning session.
  • March 19:  Pat McGinnis participated in a panel presentation on Protecting our Adult Children from Physical, Sexual, Financial and Emotional Abuse, in Palo Alto, sponsored by the Bay Area Autism Society.
  • March 19: Staff Attorney, Prescott Cole, presented a Legal Services webinar, “Why do we worry about elder abuse scams?”
  • March 14: Staff Attorney, Jody Spiegel, attended a board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • March 12: Staff Attorney, Tony Chicotel, provided a webinar for legal services programs on civil rights for seniors.
  • March 8: CANHR staff gave a presentation on Medi-Cal Recovery and the new Medi-Cal expansion program to a community forum in Chinatown in Los Angeles.
  • March 8: City of Newark Senior Center 14th Annual Healthy Lifestyle & Fitness Fair 9am-12pm at the Newark Community Center 35501 Cedar Blvd., Newark. For more information call 510-578-4845.
  • March 7: Administrative Assistant, Kyle Matthews hosted a table at the Napa Senior Activity Center's Health & Wellness Fair, passing out literature on the 2014 RCFE Reform Act and CANHR's various services.
  • March 7:  Outreach Coordinator, Efrain Gutierrez, participated in a consumer workshop at the Mary Immaculate Church in Pacoima.
  • March 7: CANHR staff gave a presentation on Medi-Cal Recovery and the new Medi-Cal expansion program to a community forum in Pacoima.
  • March 7: Administrative Assistant Kyle Matthews hosted a CANHR information table at the Napa Senior Activity Center Health and Wellness Fair at the Napa Senior Activity Center.
  • March 5: Prescott Cole made a presentation on the Resident Rights Protection Act of 2014 at the Family Law/Self-Help Conference in San Francisco.
  • March 4: Prescott Cole taught a class on Medi-Cal Long Term Care at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
  • February 27: Tony Chicotel led a discussion about unrepresented nursing home residents at the quarterly meeting of the San Francisco Bioethics Forum.
  • February 24: Prescott Cole participated in the NAPSA Elder Abuse Subcommittee planning session developing bi-laws and strategic planning.
  • February 21: Jody Spiegel attended a board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • February 21: Tony Chicotel made a presentation at the American Health Lawyers Association’s Long-Term Care Conference in Las Vegas. The topic was liability for care providers regarding chemical restraints.
  • February 18: Prescott Cole participated in the TEXCOM Senior Education Advisory Committee meeting – Media and Outreach Strategy Session.
  • February 11: Pat McGinnis, CANHR’s Executive Director, testified at the Senate Human Services and Assembly Human Services Committees joint oversight hearing on Increasing Accountability in Assisted Living Facilities: State Oversight of Care in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).
  • February 6: Tony Chicotel and Mike Connors participated in the Santa Clara Dementia Care Symposium that was co-sponsored by CANHR and three local ombudsman programs.
  • February 3-4: Prescott Cole participated in the Professional Fiduciary Bureau Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, Educational Subcommittee Meeting, and Strategic Planning Session.
  • January 25: Jody Spiegel represented CANHR at the WISE & Healthy Aging Community Advisory Council Quarterly Meeting.
  • January 23: Prescott Cole made a presentation at the Second Annual Fiduciary Attorney Summit in Lake Tahoe.
  • January 21: Jody Spiegel attended a Board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • January 21: Pat McGinnis, CANHR’s Executive Director, testified at an Assembly Joint Oversight hearing regarding the Department of Public Health’s Licensing and Certification Division’s poor oversight and enforcement of nursing homes, including the lack of response to complaints.
  • January 17: Jody Spiegel attended a Board meeting of the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance.
  • January 14: Prescott Cole gave a presentation on elder financial abuse awareness at the Stage Bridge Senior Theater Works.
  • January 13: CANHR hosted a press conference at the State Capitol to introduce the RCFE Reform Act of 2014. Senators Leno, Block, and Corbett, and Assembly Members Skinner, Eggman, Mainschein, Waldron and Yamada attended and addressed their concerns about the RCFE crisis in California.
  • January 10: Tony Chicotel made a presentation to the Santa Clara County Public Guardian’s office about conservatee rights.
  • January 7: Prescott Cole participated in the TEXCOM Senior Education Advisory Committee meeting – Media and Outreach Strategy Session.
  • January 7: Program Manager Pauline Mosher presented information about CANHR services and planning for incapacity to a group of 30 seniors at the NorCal Armenian Senior Services in Burlingame.
  • January 7: Outreach Coordinator Efrain Gutierrez hosted a CANHR information table at the WLCAC Senior Center in Los Angeles.
  • January 6: Mike Connors presented to the LA County Commission for Older Adults on the RCFE Reform Act of 2014.