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Health Happens with Youth Media!
Jul 28, 2014 | Blog

Health Happens with Youth Media!

The youth reporters embedded in our Building Healthy Communities sites are honing their journalistic skills and knitting together stories so as to create their communities’ narratives. The 14 Building Healthy Communities sites are rich with cultural ...
Jul 28, 2014 | Blog

Fresno's Fight for #Health4All

#Health4All has taken on a new meaning for those of us living in Fresno County.  The Board of Supervisors has gone to court to do away with the health care safety net for undocumented residents who are our neighbors and the back bone to the billion ...
[Salinas Californian article] 'Health happens aquí'
Jul 28, 2014 | Blog

[Salinas Californian article] 'Health happens aquí'

Four years ago, Maria Ambriz attended a community meeting in east Salinas that would change her life. Then 16 and a sophomore at Everett Alvarez High School, she found adults interested in what she and other Mexican-American teenagers had to say. "They were actually listening to us," she said. The topic? Their eastside community, their neighborhoods, the Alisal. The conversation? How can the health of the poverty-stricken, gang-plagued, largely uninsured community be improved? How can City Hall, the police and other local institutions become more responsive to their needs?
Sisterhood Rising!
Jul 23, 2014 | Blog

Sisterhood Rising!

For me, summer was a time to goof off, but the youth in our 14 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) sites have something else on their mind, in addition to having some fun. They are on a quest to be better leaders to improve their communities.  I am so ...
[Investing in What Works for America's Communities] Building Healthy Communities: Interview with Tony Iton (Part 2)
Jul 21, 2014 | Blog

[Investing in What Works for America's Communities] Building Healthy Communities: Interview with Tony Iton (Part 2)

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10-year, $1 billion program of The California Endowment (TCE) to help 14 low income communities across the state take action to improve health in the places they live. The following interview explores the initiative’s inception, progress, and lessons for the field with Tony Iton, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities at TCE.
What We're Learning: Three New Reports Tell Us How We're Doing
Jul 22, 2014 | Blog

What We're Learning: Three New Reports Tell Us How We're Doing

We are pleased to share with you three recent independent evaluations of our efforts here at The California Endowment. The first is a Strategic Review by FSG. For several months FSG carried out an initiative-wide review of our work, gathering input ...
[ACLU of Northern California] This is What Censorship Looks Like
Jul 21, 2014 | Blog

[ACLU of Northern California] This is What Censorship Looks Like

A black canvas near Gate 18 in the Sacramento airport’s Terminal B sits in place of a billboards intended to promote healthcare access for immigrants in California. Why? The airport has refused to use the original ads, claiming that they are too political in nature. That, my friends, is exactly what censorship looks like. We all know immigration is a hot topic and that both sides of the debate have strong opinions on the issue (including the ACLU). Just a few weeks ago scores of protesters blocked buses transporting women and children in Murrieta, California. The protesters blocked the road for hours, pounding on the buses, shouting obscenities and waving signs. The week before that, hundreds of residents spoke against a proposed shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in Escondido, California.
[Huffington Post] A Call for Compassion for Children Arriving From Central America
Jul 22, 2014 | Blog

[Huffington Post] A Call for Compassion for Children Arriving From Central America

Last week, we, alongside Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of the California Endowment and Fred Ali of Weingart Foundation, visited some of the hundreds of children temporarily being housed at the Port Hueneme Naval Base. The stories of these children, the dangerous conditions under which they were forced to leave their homes, and their arduous journeys to travel to the United States touched us all. These children are just a few among the 52,000 children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who are currently being held in a variety of temporary shelters.
Extra! Extra! Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities
Jul 21, 2014 | Blog

Extra! Extra! Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities

Learn what's on the minds of the youth in the 14 Building Healthy Communities sites by visiting their youth media website. This week, the youth are featuring: Campaign begins in Coachella to step up Latino voters Mi Familia Vota, a national nonprofit ...
The Invisible Cigarette Burns
Jul 14, 2014 | Blog

The Invisible Cigarette Burns

I want to talk about a couple of kids you may know. One is a third-grader, and he's not the easiest student in the classroom. He misses school more than he should, and when he's there, he's quick to overreact to things other kids say and do.  He's ...
Listen to the Children - An Appeal from a Central American Immigrant
Jul 14, 2014 | Blog

Listen to the Children - An Appeal from a Central American Immigrant

On July 8, 2014, Faith and Community leaders, including The Endowment's President & CEO Robert K. Ross, M.D., joined together at La Plaza United Methodist Church for a press conference to call for prayer and compassion for the child refugees fleeing ...
[Investing in What Works for America's Communities] Building Healthy Communities: Interview with Tony Iton (Part 1)
Jul 14, 2014 | Blog

[Investing in What Works for America's Communities] Building Healthy Communities: Interview with Tony Iton (Part 1)

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10-year, $1 billion program of The California Endowment (TCE) to help 14 low income communities across the state take action to improve health in the places they live. The following interview explores the initiative’s inception, progress, and lessons for the field with Tony Iton, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities at TCE.
Independence Day:  The freedom to give a damn!
Jul 03, 2014 | Blog

Independence Day: The freedom to give a damn!

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, it’s a time for reflection.  A time of gratitude.  I love the USA and I’m grateful I was born in this country.  I did absolutely nothing to make that happen – truly it was luck-of-the-draw or the birth ...
Independence Day: Odilia’s Story
Jul 03, 2014 | Blog

Independence Day: Odilia’s Story

The 4th of July is about barbecues, fireworks, icy cold lemonade, corn on the cob, community and fun. But I’m having a hard time getting in the celebratory mood this year.  I am in the midst of serving as a project manager on a museum exhibit that ...
Summertime Is the Only Time to Be Out of School
Jun 30, 2014 | Blog

Summertime Is the Only Time to Be Out of School

It’s great for kids to get a break during the summer. But once the fall comes, students should stay in school. Everyone should work toward that goal: students themselves, parents, teachers, and administrators who run school discipline systems. For ...
Pride Month: Meet Rudy
Jun 30, 2014 | Blog

Pride Month: Meet Rudy

What pride means to me is like a day where I can be free as a bird. Not getting judged. I’ve never seen so many people that support. I'm glad there's pride. It’s a day where you no longer hide. You are just cleaning out the closet and be you. That's ...
Pride Month: In Memory of TransLatina Queer Immigrant Activist Zoraida Reyes
Jun 30, 2014 | Blog

Pride Month: In Memory of TransLatina Queer Immigrant Activist Zoraida Reyes

Zoraida With bullhorn at a Protest in Santa Ana When I was invited to write about “What Pride Means to Me” I had planned to write about the work we’re doing in Santa Ana. Rather than writing about the Pride we associate with a yearly parade, I wanted ...
Pride Month: Friends of Project 10 Celebrate LGBT Youth!
Jun 26, 2014 | Blog

Pride Month: Friends of Project 10 Celebrate LGBT Youth!

LGBT Pride month is very significant for those of us involved in Project 10 and Friends of Project 10.  For over 30 years, our focus has been LGBT youth and the challenges they face within the school environment.  From hostility and near invisibility, ...
Pride Month: Redefining LGBT Pride by Decentralizing Equality
Jun 26, 2014 | Blog

Pride Month: Redefining LGBT Pride by Decentralizing Equality

On June 26, 2014, as we commemorate the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions effectively ending California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Section 3 of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), the LGBT community is right to celebrate with ...
Pride Month: What Pride Means to Me
Jun 24, 2014 | Blog

Pride Month: What Pride Means to Me

I’ve thought for a while about what Pride means to me before writing this. And I don’t have a concrete answer. My thoughts on Pride are conflicted with corporations profiting from self-worth during times when hate crimes are all too frequent. But the ...
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