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In Memoriam: Len Aube
Apr 10, 2015 |

In Memoriam: Len Aube

A note mixed with sadness and appreciation, as Annenberg Foundation Executive Director Len Aube passed away yesterday.   Len was a great friend and colleague, and an inspiring leader in the philanthropic landscape of California.   He served the Annenberg...
[Chronicle of Philanthropy] Indiana’s Lessons for Philanthropy: Timing and Agility Matter
Apr 07, 2015 |

[Chronicle of Philanthropy] Indiana’s Lessons for Philanthropy: Timing and Agility Matter

As Christians were celebrating Holy Week around the globe, the course of American history for gay and lesbian Americans was unfolding in Indiana. Passage of a religious-protection law in Indiana sparked a national conversation on the place of LGBT people in our society. That conversation went to the heart of our most basic access to the services and accommodations of everyday life and the issues that all of us in philanthropy care about deeply. Long-simmering questions about religion as a justification for discrimination came to a full boil in newspapers, on television, and via social media. Voices from nearly all corners of society — business, labor, religion, academia, athletics, government, even comedy — took center stage for this defining exchange about our core values as a nation.
Should we ban the purchase of junk drinks and junk food with food stamps?
Apr 06, 2015 |

Should we ban the purchase of junk drinks and junk food with food stamps?

There’s been an argument brewing about whether consumers using SNAP benefits – also known as food stamps – should be able to purchase sugary drinks and junk food through that program. It’s true that low-income communities are hardest hit by the double...
Children and Seniors are Winners in Rare Bipartisan Deal in Congress
Apr 06, 2015 |

Children and Seniors are Winners in Rare Bipartisan Deal in Congress

Before heading off for spring recess, Democrats and Republicans came together to pass a major health care reform bill that extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years and fixes an 18 year-old quirk in the law that repeatedly...
Faith, Hope, Basketball…. and Discrimination
Mar 30, 2015 |

Faith, Hope, Basketball…. and Discrimination

This being one of the most exciting windows of the annual sports calendar – March Madness – it is typically a high time on the big stage for the basketball-crazy state of Indiana, as they often host the exalted “Final Four” college championship tourney...
Apr 01, 2015 |

Investing in Communities of Color Means Investing in ME

A few weeks ago one of our Health Equity Fellows, Jessica Fuentes, blogged about how her experiences growing up shaped her definition of leadership. I want to continue this series of introductory blogs by talking about one of the projects I am currently...
[Oakland Voices] Canticle Farms: Dancing on the Horizon
Mar 30, 2015 |

[Oakland Voices] Canticle Farms: Dancing on the Horizon

When one hears the word “farm,” all sorts of images cross one’s mind. The idyllic world described in the childhood nursery rhyme “Old McDonald.” Small truck farms located on the margins of country roads. Or maybe the acres and acres of farmland one sees driving down I-5.Canticle Farm is none of these. Rather it is an urban farm located on 36th Avenue and Harrington Avenue in East Oakland–three parcels of land that are now joined as one. In founding Canticle Farm, Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher drew from their life-long experiences and activities as faith-based, nonviolent peacemakers. Over the last six years, Anne and Terry and their five children, who are fifth generation Fruitvale residents, have been joined by several others who now comprise Canticle Farm’s intentional community. The farm’s name is derived from a prayer-poem written by the 14th century Catholic saint and mystic St. Francis of Assisi. The “Canticle of Brother Son and Sister Moon” described the saint’s ecstatic realization that the entire universe reflects and magnifies the presence and handiwork of the Creator in all of its dimensions.
Cesar Chavez’s Legacy of Community Service
Mar 30, 2015 |

Cesar Chavez’s Legacy of Community Service

Long before he was a national icon with his own holiday, Cesar Chavez was a boy who lost his house. The bank took it away during the Great Depression, and the Chavez family was forced to relocate to California, where they toiled as migrant farm...
[Newsweek] Fighting to Reclaim the Future of Oakland's Young Black Men
Mar 26, 2015 |

[Newsweek] Fighting to Reclaim the Future of Oakland's Young Black Men

The Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement is housed in a one-story portable classroom in the downtown neighborhood of Grand Lake. There are few windows in the barely glorified bunker, which may be for the best: They would just let in the incessant hum of the adjacent MacArthur Freeway. The only bathroom is across a parking lot, which is lined with a phalanx of similar portables painted a deceptively alluring sky-blue. It is somehow fitting that the highway thrums but a few feet away—maybe it reminds those who work here that the goal is to whisk the city's young out of Oakland, to Silicon Valley, to San Francisco, to any place that is better than this place that they have always known. About three miles to the north, at 809 57th Street, is the former home of 1960s radical Bobby Seale, a modest bungalow that sold three years ago for $425,000. In 1966, the year he helped start the Black Panther Party, Seale and fellow founder Huey Newton drafted a 10-point program for the black power movement in the dining room of that house. The fifth of those demands concerned schooling: “We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present day society.”
#Health4All: New Reports On Undocumented Californians' Access to Health Care
Mar 26, 2015 |

#Health4All: New Reports On Undocumented Californians' Access to Health Care

Undocumented Californians’ health is a priority at The California Endowment. Their contributions to the state of California are far too often overlooked. They work, they pay taxes, they buy homes and start families; in short, they are just like everyone...
Five-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act: It's working!
Mar 24, 2015 |

Five-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act: It's working!

As a health foundation with a mission to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved families in California, The California Endowment saw the potential benefits that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would bring to our state’s hard...
Project Kinship: Healing Trauma and Empowering the Formerly Incarcerated
Mar 23, 2015 |

Project Kinship: Healing Trauma and Empowering the Formerly Incarcerated

Twenty-one months after leaving Orange County’s central jail, I found myself in front of a dozen teenage girls at Huntington Beach’s Ocean View High School.  A gang member by age thirteen and locked up for the first time before my eighteenth birthday, I...
Healing Together
Mar 23, 2015 |

Healing Together

The Healing Together event on January 29, 2015 at The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities nurtured a compelling conversation on trauma, healing, and hope, and carried a strong and loving charge for transformation and...
[Sacramento Bee] Opinion: Sacramento County should restore health services to undocumented
Mar 23, 2015 |

[Sacramento Bee] Opinion: Sacramento County should restore health services to undocumented

It’s a statement of our times when politicians exclude poor people from medical services – and people of good conscience shrug their shoulders. This happened to some of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Sacramento County in February 2009. Overwhelmed by the torrent of scary economic news, Sacramento residents raised little objection when the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to stop funding health care for undocumented immigrants. I honestly can’t remember whether I knew about it or not. As with all acts that separate certain people from the broader community, there were – and still are – rationally expressed and earnestly felt justifications for disenfranchising people in Sacramento County. In 2009, at the height of the worldwide recession, the county of Sacramento had a $55 million budget deficit to close, so the poorest of the poor became expendable. But economics aren’t the only reason there wasn’t widespread outcry over this decision. It’s simple: The poor people who were losing all but emergency access to health care were undocumented.
Youth Driving Change
Mar 17, 2015 |

Youth Driving Change

California’s young people aren’t just inheriting the future, they’re building it. The energy and action of TCE’s youth partners have made a concrete difference in the lives of millions of Californians.   The Endowment is dedicated to enlisting and...
Mar 16, 2015 |

My Name is Marco and I am Hope

Last Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the boys and young men of color (BMoC) with BHC Fresno launched the “I AM” Project which was borne out of the young men’s frustration with being stereotyped as gang members, troublemakers and dropouts.  Through the poster...
Ferguson: The Pain That Just Keeps Giving
Mar 16, 2015 |

Ferguson: The Pain That Just Keeps Giving

My heart and prayers continue to pour in the direction of Ferguson, Missouri.  Now it appears that after months and months of strife and tension ever since the tragic shooting of Michael Brown, we witness a shooting of two police officers during a...
Mar 16, 2015 |

Reporting on Health: Cleaner air leads to stronger lungs in kids, but can the trend continue?

The Clean Air Act of 1970 may be over four decades old, but the political divisiveness over the law’s regulatory power shows few signs of abating. In a news analysis of President Obama’s ambitious use of the law, published last fall by The New York Times, the act was variously referred to as “the most powerful environmental law in the world” and “the granddaddy of public health and environmental legislation.” The act’s longtime supporters attribute reductions in air pollution to the law’s passage and view it as a key lever in the effort to curb greenhouse emissions. Industry critics, such as the National Mining Association, lambast the legislation as a job killer and say Obama is overreaching in his energetic embrace of the law. If this sounds like old politics, it is. But new research on children, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and widely covered in the press last week, supplies fresh evidence by which to evaluate one of the law’s most basic assumptions: Cleaner air leads to better public health. This latest research – from the two-decade Children’s Health Study at USC – looked at how lung development changed from the age of 11 through 15 among three different groups of Southern California kids. The first group was tracked from 1994 to 1997, the next from 1997 to 2000, and the last from 2007 to 2010. Teams went to schools in five SoCal communities, where they recorded kids’ respiratory illnesses and measured their lung function with a device called a spirometer.
Mar 12, 2015 |

The Titans of Childhood Trauma

“I thought it was hyperbole,” said one participant. “’The Titans of Trauma’, but the speakers were phenomenal.” The titans were gathered for Echo Parenting & Education’s annual Changing the Paradigm conference at The California Endowment in Los Angeles;...
Diversity Key to Finding Meaningful Solutions
Mar 16, 2015 |

Diversity Key to Finding Meaningful Solutions

If you’re reading this blog post, then you’re probably very familiar with a fundamental message of the The California Endowment: that where we live plays a powerful role in the health of our families, too often with devastating results.  The geographic...
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