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Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Never Forget Those We've Lost
Nov 19, 2014 |

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Never Forget Those We've Lost

On November 20th each year, communities across the globe come together for Transgender Day of Remembrance, an international day of mourning to remember transgender people who have been lost to violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance (also known as ...
It's Open Enrollment and Cristina Saralegui is Spreading the Word!
Nov 19, 2014 |

It's Open Enrollment and Cristina Saralegui is Spreading the Word!

Saturday marked the first day of open enrollment for Covered California and reminds us that we need to enroll in health coverage, whether through Medi-Cal or private plans through Covered California. Covered California enrollment runs from November ...
Healing from the Harmful Effects of Childhood Trauma
Nov 17, 2014 |

Healing from the Harmful Effects of Childhood Trauma

  Dave Lockridge of Merced talked about how he combines the Bible lessons with brain science to overcome the harmful legacy of childhood trauma such as physical and sexual abuse.  Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris of San Francisco described how ...
Building Healthy Communities Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands: Teens Take on School Lunches and Teen Drinking
Nov 17, 2014 |

Building Healthy Communities Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands: Teens Take on School Lunches and Teen Drinking

The California Endowment’s Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands Building Healthy Communities partner, Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF), was recently highlighted in CFLeads publication, “Community Foundations and Resident Engagement, Stories From the ...
[Voice of San Diego] San Diego’s Richest Poor Neighborhood, Two Decades Later
Nov 18, 2014 |

[Voice of San Diego] San Diego’s Richest Poor Neighborhood, Two Decades Later

City Heights could be San Diego’s richest poor neighborhood. It has the highest concentration of nonprofit groups in San Diego County. And since 2000, two foundations alone have invested more than $265 million in the neighborhood of 70,000. That’s nearly the same amount the city of Chula Vista spends on its 260,000 residents annually. But despite that mammoth injection of cash, the foundations that have made long-term commitments to the neighborhood – Price Philanthropies in 1993 and The California Endowment in 2010 – have little hard evidence to show they’ve improved the lives of residents there.
[Article] Land Use in South L.A.: A Legacy of Environmental Crime
Nov 17, 2014 |

[Article] Land Use in South L.A.: A Legacy of Environmental Crime

Freeway pollution. Auto-body shop fumes. Airplane exhaust. These are just some of the pollution sources that residents rattled off at our recent community conference, Environmental Health Challenges in South Los Angeles. As they huddled over the maps of their South L.A. neighborhoods, residents shared stories of the constant rumble of trucks driving past their homes, and the steady streams of planes flying overhead into and out of the Los Angeles International Airport. Nodding in understanding of each other's stories, they realized they all had something in common: they all experienced pollution in the places where they lived, worked, studied, and played.
Oakland Tribune: Steps Toward Peace: Oakland Unite provides support services toward violence prevention
Nov 11, 2014 |

Oakland Tribune: Steps Toward Peace: Oakland Unite provides support services toward violence prevention

here had been a shooting. The victim was in a room at Highland Hospital. Some of his friends were in the lobby. As soon as Kevin Grant walked in, the security guard motioned toward the group. Before Grant could say anything, a couple of them recognized him and knew why he was there. "Kev, man, we're not trying to hear that right now," they said, referring to what they knew his message was going to be: don't retaliate, interrupt the cycle of violence. "I told them, 'Well, you better leave then, because I'm here to do my job,'" Grant recalled. Grant is Oakland Unite's Violence Prevention Network coordinator. Oakland Unite, in the city's Human Services Department, provides the support services for the city's Ceasefire strategy.
Dear Young Man of Color: A Video Poem
Nov 10, 2014 |

Dear Young Man of Color: A Video Poem

People often talk about Asian-Americans as the model minority, but Asian-Americans are made up of many different ethnicities including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, Mien, and Hmong to name a few.  While many non-Asians may think we all look ...
New Report: School Discipline That Keeps Kids in the Classroom
Nov 10, 2014 |

New Report: School Discipline That Keeps Kids in the Classroom

While more states and districts look to move away from zero-tolerance policies of the past, educators continue to feel the pressure to remove disruptive students from the classroom. Yet disciplinary strategies that remove students from school have ...
[Sacramento Bee] Opinion: This election, the tide turned on soda taxes
Nov 10, 2014 |

[Sacramento Bee] Opinion: This election, the tide turned on soda taxes

Even before the votes were counted, the drumbeat of news about skyrocketing rates of diabetes seemed to have crossed a threshold – 40 percent of Americans will have diabetes sometime in their lives and a quarter of U.S. teens already have diabetes or pre-diabetes. With overwhelming scientific evidence showing that sugary drinks play a central role in the out-of-control diabetes epidemic, people were ready to take action. While the soda industry relied on a tried-and-true playbook of fear-mongering, voters, parents and health care providers in Berkeley had had enough. Despite the most aggressive and expensive industry-sponsored campaign in the city’s history, voters held tight to common sense and passed, by a 3-1 margin, a tax on sodas and other sugary drinks that is bound to have repercussions in cities across California and the nation. In San Francisco, up against a $10 million media onslaught, a majority of voters supported a soda tax as well, but fell short of the required two-thirds threshold.
Long Beach's Cambodia Town: Sharing Stories of Strength and Reslience
Nov 07, 2014 |

Long Beach's Cambodia Town: Sharing Stories of Strength and Reslience

Here’s what so few people outside of Long Beach know about our town – with almost 40,000 Cambodian-American residents, we are home to the largest concentration of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. As Cambodian-Americans we share a unique ...
 Californians Invest in Health and Safety
Nov 05, 2014 |

Californians Invest in Health and Safety

Yesterday, Californians approved Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. This decision promises to improve community safety and position California as a leader in rightsizing our criminal justice system.   The Act ensures that people ...
Nov 04, 2014 |

New Report: Lessons Learned from the Get Mobile Forum on Mobile Technology for Community Engagement

This is a blog post by Beatriz Solis, Program Director at The California Endowment Healthy Communities (South Region), and Geoffrey Cowan, Director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. At the 2014 Get Mobile Forum, we ...
Special Event: Bringing to Light the Struggle of Cambodian Immigrants and Their Families
Oct 30, 2014 |

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 ...
Health Happens with Youth Media!
Nov 03, 2014 |

Health Happens with Youth Media!

Each week, youth from our Building Healthy Communities sites share stories about their communties. This week they examine teen use of e-cigarettes, punk music and the American Dream, among a number of other topics. In Stockton, punks are the new mall ...
Measuring What Matters
Oct 29, 2014 |

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 |

[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 |

[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 |

[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 |

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 ...
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