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Apr 17, 2014 | Press Release

California Endowment Creates a Healthy Buzz with New Art Mural

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FreshWorks Funded Northgate Gonzalez Marketplace Brings Healthy Foods to South Los Angeles
Apr 15, 2014 | Blog

FreshWorks Funded Northgate Gonzalez Marketplace Brings Healthy Foods to South Los Angeles

Community and civic leaders gathered today to celebrate the grand opening of a new Northgate Gonzalez Market location in South Los Angeles, and to honor the memory of Juanita Tate, a passionate advocate for community development and higher quality of ...
Apr 14, 2014 | Press Release

City Leaders Applaud California FreshWorks Fund and Community Partners for Bringing Fresh Food and Jobs to South Los Angeles

Northgate Gonzalez Market Welcomed as Partner in Effort to Improve Access to Healthy Food
Healing and Resilience: Crime Survivors Speak
Apr 14, 2014 | Blog

Healing and Resilience: Crime Survivors Speak

It takes a special kind of courage to face down the worst experience of your life and turn it into something positive.  I recently had the privilege of spending a day with an extraordinary group of resilient people who have done just that. On April 7, ...
Apr 14, 2014 | Blog

Public Art Serving Up Health

Artist rendering of mural Art serves many purposes in addition to bringing beauty into our lives; it can also educate us about history, tell a story, and promote messages that provide positive benefits to society. The latter is happening at 1414 K ...
Participatory Budgeting Brings Equity and Fairness into School District Funding
Apr 14, 2014 | Blog

Participatory Budgeting Brings Equity and Fairness into School District Funding

A major shift in education funding in CA has created a historic opportunity to bring equity and accountability to districts. Through a new statewide tax passed by voters in 2012, millions of new education dollars are now flowing to California’s K-12 ...
[Huffington Post] Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma
Apr 10, 2014 | Article

[Huffington Post] Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma

Speaking of his seemingly improbable success in 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama said, "I will never forget that the only reason that I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky." Recognizing those who helped him succeed, Mr. Obama touched on a simple yet critical truth: When faced with obstacles and adversity, we need the dedication and care of others to help us succeed. Last Friday, a committed group of elected officials, public health researchers and children's advocates gathered in Los Angeles to stand up for the children in California who live with a much more stark set of realities -- children who have suffered trauma and who don't have the dedication and care that they need to thrive.
[Bakersfield Californian] Homeless Facility to Transform Warehouse Into Education Center
Apr 03, 2014 | Article

[Bakersfield Californian] Homeless Facility to Transform Warehouse Into Education Center

The Mission at Kern County has come a long way from its humble beginnings at an old train depot in 1952. Formerly known as the Bakersfield Rescue Mission, the nine-building "campus" in east Bakersfield is evolving yet again in response to changing needs in the community....
[SF Gate] Oakland Senior's Mark of Success: Top College Admissions
Apr 06, 2014 | Article

[SF Gate] Oakland Senior's Mark of Success: Top College Admissions

When Akintunde Ahmad walked into the library at Oakland Technical High School to talk to Yale University recruiters making their annual East Bay stop in January, some of the other student hopefuls turned and stared. With dreadlocks draping his shoulders, and his 6-foot-1 frame in the sweatpants and T-shirt he had thrown on after baseball practice, it sure may have seemed like this guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
[KPBS] San Diego County Responds To Growing Link Between Childhood Trauma And Health
Apr 09, 2014 | Article

[KPBS] San Diego County Responds To Growing Link Between Childhood Trauma And Health

San Diego County Health and Human Services director Nick Macchione sent a letter to his department last week detailing a sweep of training and programmatic tweaks to get his entire staff, and the services they offer, trauma-informed. Put simply, he wants the people who provide food stamp, unemployment, mental health, Medi-Cal and disability help in the region to be better prepared to work with people experiencing trauma.
[Al Jazeera] Poverty 'ages' genes of young children, study shows
Apr 09, 2014 | Article

[Al Jazeera] Poverty 'ages' genes of young children, study shows

The stress of growing up in a poor and unstable household affects children as young as 9 years old on a genetic level, shortening a portion of their chromosomes that scientists say is a key indicator of aging and illness, according to a study released Monday. The researchers say their findings are the first that document this type of genetic change among minority children and make a strong case for the importance of early-childhood intervention in vulnerable communities. Researchers examined the DNA of a small group of 9-year-old African-American boys who had experienced chronic stress as a result of growing up in families with poor socioeconomic status. They found that the boys’ telomeres were shorter than those of boys the same age and ethnicity who came from advantaged families.
[SF Gate] Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict
Apr 08, 2014 | Article

[SF Gate] Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict

Kyle McClerkins is in a hurry to get to his office. He just broke up a fight in the yard at Edna Brewer Middle School, and he needs to get to the bottom of it. His shirt stained with lunch milk and the sweat and spit of middle schoolers, he leaps down the stairs, runs down the checkerboard hallway, dashes past rows of fire engine-red lockers, out through the yard, into the fluorescent shell of the gym and finally into his hushed office. A dozen students, some of who witnessed the fight, arrive shortly thereafter. They sit behind desks in a big circle. His calm low voice permeating the quiet room, McClerkins soon has the students introducing themselves by passing around a “talking piece” – any little toy or object – that serves as a ticket to speak. Slowly, like a plane making its prolonged descent, they arrive at the fight. “How did it make you feel?” he asks. “What happened?” Their answers are standard middle school fare: vague and vaguely snarky, running the gamut from “I don’t care,” to “I wish they had kept fighting.” After half an hour, he dismisses them back to class in grumbling pairs.
Apr 08, 2014 | Article

[LA School Report] Post navigation Long-term impact of childhood trauma worse for low-income kids

A new study by the California Department of Public Health has found that childhood trauma has a long-term impact on a child’s life, and the consequences are far more prevalent among children from low-income families. It is an especially acute issue for LA Unified, which has among the highest concentrations of low-income students in the state, with more than 80 percent living at or below the
Schools Must Lead the Way in Overcoming Trauma
Apr 08, 2014 | Blog

Schools Must Lead the Way in Overcoming Trauma

The topic of conversation at the LA Central Public Library last Friday wasn’t the fictional worlds we visit when we read books. Instead, it was the all too familiar world California students are experiencing every day and every night in their homes ...
Fresno Board of Supes Threaten to End Program That Provides Healthcare for Uninsured
Apr 07, 2014 | Blog

Fresno Board of Supes Threaten to End Program That Provides Healthcare for Uninsured

There’s a crisis brewing in Fresno. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors is trying to do away with the County’s Medically Indigent Services Program (MISP) which provides access to healthcare services for those who are uninsured. Under the new health ...
Apr 07, 2014 | Blog

California Leads the Nation on Obamacare Enrollment!

Enrollers signing up Californians for health coverage We reached a historic milestone Monday. With the open enrollment period now over for Covered California, our state has processed Medi-Cal applications for upwards of 2.7 million Californians, and ...
Apr 07, 2014 | Article

[Neon Tommy] California Assemblyman Hosts Discussion On Strenghtening Youth Trauma Care

Assemblymember and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development Roger Dickinson hosted a hearing Friday at the Los Angeles Public Library on the subject of trauma informed care of young people. “By isolating and punishing them we are simply failing to address the root cause of the behavior and we’re doing less than our best to ensure a young person’s success in school,” said Dickinson.
Apr 07, 2014 | Article

[Oakland Local] Youth leaders speak out: Raising the minimum wage will make the city safer

The day violence drops drastically in Oakland will be the day when our youth and adults are put to work and paid well. Families are struggling to pay bills, which in turn pushes youth and adults out to the streets, either because they are homeless or trying to make ends meet to pay rent in the crappy apartment they call home. Youth are in the streets because they can’t find a job and they have nothing better to do with their time. “These youth that are being killed are my family and close friends, I’m wondering, am I next?” said Breonna Williams (16) from Oakland. Health outcomes for young people in Oakland is directly related to the vast economic inequity in our city. Youth as well as adults can’t live a decent life because they don’t make enough to do so.
Apr 07, 2014 | Article

[American Academy of Pediatrics] AAP translating research on toxic stress into improved care of children

The Academy has always been at the forefront of identifying and responding to the critical health needs of children and adolescents. We are at a unique juncture, however, when systems that address physical health, behavioral health, early education and child welfare all are converging to address a key issue that impacts outcomes for children throughout their lives — namely, toxic stress. The Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, along with other Academy groups, is focusing on translating neuroscience research into meaningful advances in pediatric practice so children and families affected by adversity can receive optimal care. For example, many symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity) might be a result of toxic stress during childhood.
Apr 07, 2014 | Press Release

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, and California State Outdoor Advertising Association Launch Statewide Billboard Campaign Promoting #Health4All

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, and California State Outdoor Advertising Association, with support from The California Endowment, announced that they launched a statewide ...
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