Guide to the California Physicians' Alliance Records, ca. 1988-1995

Processed by Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Steven Mandeville-Gamble
Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
Phone: (650) 725-1022
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the California Physicians' Alliance Records, ca. 1988-1995

Collection number: M0793

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: California Physicians' Alliance Records,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1988-1995
Collection number: Special Collections M0793
Creator: California Physicians' Alliance.
Extent: 6 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions


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Gift of Bolerium Books, 1995.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] California Physicians' Alliance Records, M0793, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


The California Physicians' Alliance (CaPA) was started in May, 1987 as an organized group of physicians committed to the struggle for a single-payer health care plan, at both the state and federal level. The director of the group from 1987 to 1991 was Michael Pincus. He worked in conjunction with a council of presidents including Dr. Kevin Grumbach and Dr. Tom Bodenheimer. CaPA was a member-group of Health Access (HA) and Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and worked closely with these organizations to further their cause of health care for all. Under the directorship of Mike Pincus, whose collected materials are the source of this collection, CaPA supported several health care bills. These included Bill No. 36 and Bill SB2686 by California Senator Nicholas Petris. CaPA was also responsible for writing the Right to Health Care Initiative which became Proposition 186. In addition, CaPA was in correspondence with many groups and individuals, including the Berkeley Gray Panthers and the Sacramento Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO. Today, CaPA is largely merged with PNHP, although they maintain a separate identity in California. However, the group remains committed to working toward "...a national health program that guarantees one standard of comprehensive health care to all people."

Scope and Content

Correspondence, newsletters, minutes, agendas, and memoranda.

Access Terms

Bodenheimer, Thomas.
Grumbach, Kevin.
Margolin, Burt.
Petris, Nicholas.
Roberti, David.
Trachtenberg, Alan I.
AFL-CIO. Sacramento Central Labor Council.
Gray Panthers (Berkeley, Calif.).
Health Access.
Physicians for a National Health Program.
Health care reform.
Medical policy--United States.

Container List


Series I: California Physicians Alliance (CaPA)

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence to CaPA members

Box 1, Folder 2

First brochure / mailing

Box 1, Folder 3

Printed materials and flyers

Box 1, Folder 4


Box 1, Folder 5

Speakers Bureau

Box 1, Folder 6

Malpractice Study Group

Box 1, Folder 7

San Diego CaPA Chapter

Box 1, Folder 8

Newsletter #1-4

Box 1, Folder 9

Newsletter #5-8

Box 1, Folder 10

Newsletter #9- vol.2 no.3

Box 1, Folder 11

Newsletter vol.2 no.4 - vol.4 no.3

Box 2, Folder 1

"The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook" - notbook of Michael Pincus, executive director of CaPA

Box 2, Folder 2

Right to Health Care Initiative

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence from individuals 7/88 - 7/89

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence from individuals 8/89 - 2/90

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence from individuals 3/90 - 1/91

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence from groups 1986 - 1989

Box 2, Folder 7

Correspondence from groups 1990 - 1991


Series II: Health Access (HA)

Box 3, Folder 1

Mission, Strategies, and Organization

Box 3, Folder 2


Box 3, Folder 3

Agendas for general meetings

Box 3, Folder 4

Minutes for general meetings

Box 3, Folder 5


Box 3, Folder 6

Correspondence received

Box 3, Folder 7

Correspondence to HA members and activists

Box 3, Folder 8

Financial Statements

Box 3, Folder 9

Steering Committee

Box 3, Folder 10

Steering Committee Agendas

Box 3, Folder 11

Steering Committee Minutes

Box 3, Folder 12

Steering Committee Memoranda

Box 4, Folder 1

Executive Committee and Conference Planning Committee Minutes

Box 4, Folder 2

Health Access Initiative


Series III: Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)

Box 4, Folder 3


Scope and Content Note

Box 4, Folder 4

Newsletters 1988 - 1989

Box 4, Folder 5

Newsletters 1990


Series IV: Groups Associated with CaPA

Box 4, Folder 6

Voter Revolt

Box 4, Folder 7

Community Health Coalition

Box 4, Folder 8

Berkeley Gray Panthers

Box 4, Folder 9



Series V: Issues and Initiatives

Box 4, Folder 10

Long Term Care

Box 5, Folder 1

Universal Health Insurance

Box 5, Folder 2

Catastrophic Health Insurance

Box 5, Folder 3

Primary Care in Alameda County

Box 5, Folder 4

Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act (1988)

Box 5, Folder 5

Alcohol Warning Bill

Box 5, Folder 6

Mental Health Care Initiative

Box 5, Folder 7

"Baby - Cal"

Box 5, Folder 8

Gann Limit


Series VI: Legislative Officials

Box 5, Folder 9

California State Legislature

Box 5, Folder 10

Petris - Bill No.36

Box 5, Folder 11

Petris - Bill SB2868

Box 5, Folder 12


Box 5, Folder 13



Series VII: Individuals Associated with CaPA

Box 5, Folder 14

Grumbach, Kevin

Box 5, Folder 15

Trachtenberg, Alan I.

Box 5, Folder 16

Bodenheimer, Thomas


Series VIII: Newsletters

Box 5, Folder 17

Health System Reform (1990)

Box 5, Folder 18

Health System Reform (1991)

Box 6, Folder 1

Seniors in Sacramento

Box 6, Folder 2

Health Care News

Box 6, Folder 3

Northern California Medicine

Box 6, Folder 4

State Health Notes

Box 6, Folder 5

Miscellaneous newsletters


Series IX: Articles

Box 6, Folder 6


Box 6, Folder 7


Box 6, Folder 8

no date


Series X: Miscellaneous

Box 6, Folder 9


Box 6, Folder 10

Printed Materials and Flyers

Box 6, Folder 11

Bills and Initiatives