The State Roundtable is the state-level arm of Delta Center California, comprised of eight representatives from CIBHS, CPCA, CAPH, CBHA, CBHDA, NAMI CA, CACFS, and LHPC. The State Roundtable strives to foster relationships between primary care and behavioral health to take collective action that advances policy and practice change to support integrated care and racial equity.
In September 2021, members of the State Roundtable reflected on their progress towards the goals of the Delta Center California (DCC) initiative through narrative reports. The reports gave State Roundtable members the opportunity to share what has worked well, highlights of the work so far, and where they have energy moving forward.
Relationship-building catalyzed collaboration within the State Roundtable and beyond.
Many State Roundtable members credited Delta Center California with strengthening existing relationships and fostering new partnerships between members. Several members celebrated the accomplishment of identifying two shared workstreams - telehealth and workforce - as a key step in taking bold collective action. Additionally, State Roundtable members shared specific examples of joint efforts outside of DCC meetings that resulted from the State Roundtable’s relationship-building work, such as collaboration on advocacy agendas and legislative efforts.
Robust facilitation has been key in moving the State Roundtable’s work forward.
Members of the State Roundtable also acknowledged the importance of facilitation in guiding the group toward collective action. Responses identified the team-building activities, use of collaborative tools, and responsive project management as essential to ensuring the diverse group made consistent progress on shared goals amidst a historic year for health policy in California.
Participants want to focus on concrete collective action that centers lived experience moving forward.
State Roundtable members looked ahead to goals for the remainder of the project. Some respondents offered strategies to increase communication and collaboration between Roundtable members, while others suggested ways for the group to center lived experience in their work. Overall, respondents shared a strong sense of urgency to create deliverables that would add value to the field and strengthen collective advocacy efforts.