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Special Event: Bringing to Light the Struggle of Cambodian Immigrants and Their Families
Oct 30, 2014 | Blog

Special Event: Bringing to Light the Struggle of Cambodian Immigrants and Their Families

April 17, 2015 will mark the 40 year anniversary of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia, which ushered in a four year reign of terror in which 2 million Cambodians died (approximately 25% of the total population).  Those who survived experienced ...
Measuring What Matters
Oct 29, 2014 | Blog

Measuring What Matters

We’ve all heard the adage, “What gets measured gets done”. Measuring children’s well-being is an important step in the fight to improve the lives of children.  To help support such efforts, Children Now has released the 2014-15 California County ...
[Los Angeles Daily News] Statewide support suggests now is time for health care for all
Oct 27, 2014 | Blog

[Los Angeles Daily News] Statewide support suggests now is time for health care for all

Voters are preparing to voice their values at the polls. Last year, Californians overwhelmingly supported opening access to affordable health care. At the passing of the one-year anniversary of Covered California’s launch, it is time to look at key indicators and how to build on the state’s accomplishments for the future. The national success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was boosted through the Latino enrollment boom in California. Nearly 3.4 million Californians have gained access to affordable, quality health care in the past year. The uninsured rate in California has been slashed, but the work isn’t done. The ACA intentionally excluded undocumented Californians — our hard-working neighbors, family members and friends — from access to affordable coverage. As several polls show, many Californians strongly agree undocumented Californians should have access to affordable, quality health coverage. Now it is time for California to once again set an example and do what is right; provide access to quality, affordable health care to all including the undocumented Californians who live and work here.
[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Ceasefire seen as a cultural shift in Oakland
Oct 27, 2014 | Blog

[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Ceasefire seen as a cultural shift in Oakland

The more you look into the Ceasefire strategy, the more it seems like a broad cultural shift rather than a sole violence-prevention approach. It includes weekly community night walks in violent areas; weekly meetings of law enforcement officers to identify individuals and groups committing gun violence; call-ins, or meetings of law enforcement, clergy, service providers and young men identified as the most likely to participate in shootings; trainings for police officers in implicit racial bias; working partnerships between the Oakland Police Department and community representatives; outreach to the young men and follow-up services such as job training, drug rehabilitation, housing and job placement and stipends when they reach certain benchmarks in their transformation.
[Huffington Post] California Fit
Oct 27, 2014 | Blog

[Huffington Post] California Fit

Connecting and serving the community is part of our core values at the Los Angeles Lakers organization. Supporting the health and wellness of the youth of Southern California is our mission and we are always looking to multiply the impact of our time and resources. In the fall of last year we were connected through the California Endowment with the Active Alliance and found a program we could partner with to do just that. The Active Alliance is a California-based partnership designed to educate and inspire children to become physically and mentally fit. Like building a championship team the members of the Active Alliance are the best at what they do and their skill sets complement each other making the partnership greater than the sum of its parts.
Oct 27, 2014 | Blog

Informing the Field: Changing Social Norms and Building Movements

How did we reduce smoking rates? How did we get people to wear seat belts? How do we create social change and define a new norm? Last week, The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities hosted its last webinar in a three-part webinar ...
ABC's Grey's Anatomy takes on Health Care for the Undocumented
Oct 27, 2014 | Blog

ABC's Grey's Anatomy takes on Health Care for the Undocumented

A recent episode on ABC’s hit medical drama "Grey’s Anatomy" entitled, Only Mama Knows, tugged at our heart strings and brought to light for millions of TV viewers the reality of many undocumented families who suffer because of lack of access to ...
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.
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