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California Takes the Lead in Addressing a Humanitarian Crisis
Oct 23, 2014 | Blog

California Takes the Lead in Addressing a Humanitarian Crisis

Tens of thousands of Central American children have risked their lives – and in some cases perished – to  take the dangerous journey from Central America to the U.S. in order to flee from violence in their countries of origin. We’ve all seen their ...
This Week in Youth Media
Oct 20, 2014 | Blog

This Week in Youth Media

Each week, youth in our 14 Building Healthy Communities sites knit together stories about their communities and other topics of interest to them. They do this through the written word, photography, and video. These youth journalists are honing their ...
[California Health Report] Why reducing poverty — and stress — might be the key to better health
Oct 20, 2014 | Blog

[California Health Report] Why reducing poverty — and stress — might be the key to better health

Look at the health data for just about any collection of neighborhoods in California and one thing will soon become clear: Poor people are sicker and, on average, die younger than people with higher incomes. The medical profession, social workers and health researchers have known this for a long time. But exactly why it is so remains, surprisingly, a mystery. Answering that question and then doing something about it would probably improve health more than all of the reforms advanced by President Barack Obama and so bitterly despised by his opponents. The president’s reforms focus on providing health insurance and access to health care to more people. But even in countries where everyone has access to the same level of care, disparities still exist across income, racial and geographic lines. To narrow those disparities, you have to move upstream, closer to the source. That source, it increasingly appears, is stress.
Empowering Communities Through Storytelling
Oct 15, 2014 | Blog

Empowering Communities Through Storytelling

The Power of Stories is an archive of projects submitted to the 2014 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Statewide Convening. It showcases work created throughout California highlighting the power of individual and collective efforts to promote health and demonstrates how stories have the power to re-imagine and transform our communities. Produced in partnership with the California Endowment.
[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Crime expert views Oakland's decline in homicides through historical lens
Oct 14, 2014 | Blog

[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Crime expert views Oakland's decline in homicides through historical lens

I called Frank Zimring, a law professor at Boalt Hall and expert on crime trends, to ask him about Oakland's decline in homicides. He gave me an assignment before our interview. "Make a chart of Oakland's homicide rate going back to 1990," he instructed in an email. Using data published by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, I dutifully plotted the homicide rate per year. My graph was rough, but the dramatic increases and decreases were evident. "The chart tells the complete story," Zimring said after I shared my homespun graph. "What's going on now is exactly what has gone on in the recent history of Oakland homicides, recurrently. Yes there's a significant drop this year, a drop back to a rate that was typical of recent historical periods."
The Power of Youth
Oct 13, 2014 | Blog

The Power of Youth

As a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Improving Population Health, I was recently given the opportunity to co-author a discussion paper that would spotlight youth as change agents to improve health in communities. This topic grew ...
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day October 15th: No longer a death sentence, but stigma prevails in Latino community
Oct 13, 2014 | Blog

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day October 15th: No longer a death sentence, but stigma prevails in Latino community

Latinos continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, relative to other races and ethnicities. In recent reports, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 36 Latino men and 1 in 106 Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV in ...
Health Happens on the Walk to School
Oct 09, 2014 | Blog

Health Happens on the Walk to School

Early yesterday, while the moon was still on the horizon, over 300 students, teachers, parents, and community partners walked to Trinity Street Elementary School in a predominately Latino neighborhood of South Los Angeles. This event was one of the ...
The Power of Stories
Oct 10, 2014 | Blog

The Power of Stories

As part of its 10-year commitment to 14 communities across California, The California Endowment brings together Building Healthy Communities participants each year to celebrate and share the changes that communities are leading so that children and families and live healthy, safe and productive lives. Communities include Boyle Heights, City Heights, Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands, Eastern Coachella Valley, Fresno, Long Beach, Merced, Oakland, Richmond, Sacramento, Salinas/Alisal, Santa Ana, South Kern and South Los Angeles.
[Huffington Post] New Design Competition Aims to Change Lives in the Coachella Valley's "Other Side"
Oct 09, 2014 | Blog

[Huffington Post] New Design Competition Aims to Change Lives in the Coachella Valley's "Other Side"

As part of a 10-year initiative called Building Healthy Communities, The California Endowment, a private statewide health organization based in Los Angeles, is sponsoring an architecture and ideas competition to design housing for farm and service workers in the Eastern Coachella Valley.
California Supports Expanding Health Care Coverage to the Undocumented
Oct 08, 2014 | Blog

California Supports Expanding Health Care Coverage to the Undocumented

The majority of Californians support making affordable, quality health coverage available to all, according to a recent bipartisan poll commissioned by The California Endowment. The study echoes findings released by the Field Poll in August showing majority support for expanding Medi-Cal to the undocumented.
Health Happens with Youth Media!
Oct 07, 2014 | Blog

Health Happens with Youth Media!

Each week in the 14 BHC places, young people knit together experiences at school, at work, at home and in their neighborhoods to tell stories about how health happens. Below are highlights of their reporting: For the first time in 15 years, California ...
Oct 07, 2014 | Blog

[Video] Agua4All - Safe drinking water access in rural CA

No matter who you are or where you live, you should be able to drink a glass of water in your home or neighborhood and not worry that it will make you sick. But this isn’t reality for more than a million Californians, including Eastern Coachella Valley residents, whose water isn’t safe to drink. With your generous donation, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) will provide plumbing infrastructure (everything from pipes to permits) to install two water bottle filling stations (taps) at the San Jose Community Learning Center in Eastern Coachella Valley. This infrastructure will connect two existing taps to a water treatment system that filters out contaminants so that residents will finally have access to potable water. (One of the buildings has bathrooms but no access to water for drinking.) Reusable bottles will be made available. After installation we will raise community awareness about the health benefits of drinking water through outreach and educational materials.
Sep 30, 2014 | Blog

[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Reporting on the decline in homicides in Oakland

Some news reporters and police officers in Oakland have a personal policy not to say things like, "We haven't had a homicide in a week" for fear of jinxing the trend. Imagine how they feel as the city is approaching the end of the second year of dramatic decreases in homicides. After experiencing a 22 percent increase in homicides in 2012, the city finished last year with a 28 percent decrease. The trend has continued through this year. As of Sept. 21, homicides were down 27 percent from this time in 2013, according to Oakland Police Department statistics. For 40 days this summer, normally a busy time for homicide investigators and morticians, there were no killings. The city is holding its breath, hoping the decrease represents a lasting downturn in the violence that has terrorized some Oakland neighborhoods for decades.
Sep 30, 2014 | Blog

[Huffington Post] Makes Me Wanna Holler (Or, When the Music Is the Message)

I had the opportunity recently to attend, with my wife and some close friends, a John Legend concert special dedicated to the music of the ever-soulful Marvin Gaye. I'm no music critic, but as a decades-long fan of Marvin Gaye, John Legend was simply phenomenal. In addition to the musical tribute, Legend added an element of social consciousness to the performance as well, by integrating performances by young spoken word artists. In the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri tragedy, the messages of Marvin Gaye's music, the youthful spoken word poets, and the shooting demise of young Michael Brown yielded a powerful mix of music and message about social justice. And a gut-wrenching reminder of how far our society must go.
Bay Area in the spotlight at the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting
Sep 26, 2014 | Blog

Bay Area in the spotlight at the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting

Hundreds of leaders from across the North America and around the world are gathering in the Bay Area this week for the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting, hosted by the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and sponsored by The ...
Hispanic Heritage Month: My Story
Sep 22, 2014 | Blog

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Story

I was born and raised in Mexico City, near the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where I lived with my grandparents after I was born.  My parents divorced when I was a baby, and my mother began working long hours as a cook to support us.  Four years ...
Sep 18, 2014 | Blog

Displaying Messages of Compassion and Support for Refugee Children on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, September 16, The California Endowment brought our TheyAreChildren campaign into the halls of Congress, with a “pop-up exhibit” in the Rayburn House Office Building—just across from the U.S. Capitol—displaying giant poster versions of ...
How Would You Do the Math?
Sep 17, 2014 | Blog

How Would You Do the Math?

Last Saturday, I joined with a small group from The California Endowment at the Community Coalition’s annual PowerFest event. We were there to staff an information booth that was part of The Endowment’s DoTheMath campaign. It was a beautiful feeling ...
Sep 15, 2014 | Blog

[Article] California Endowment Boss Robert Ross Loves Helping Others

Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. During his tenure at CE, the foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex‐offender populations. Recently, the Los Angeles Sentinel caught up with Dr. Ross, who talked about why he loves his role at CE, the Affordable Care Act, as it relates to underserved communities and what healthcare improvements he hopes to see in communities of color.
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