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Web Forum Series

Are you working towards healthy communities and seeking ways to fund your efforts?

Financial capital is a critical component of creating healthy, equitable communities. Social impact investing is a promising source of financial capital, yet many communities have not been able to access these investments.
In partnership with California Convergence, CA4Health is offering, Connecting the Capital: Financing for California Communities, a 6-part monthly series that focuses on supporting community partners to learn the basics of social impact investment capital and how they can access different types of capital to help develop and support their work.

Join us for Part 1- Social Impact Capital Training 101: Review of key concepts
December 10th from 10:30-12pm PST 


 Click Here to Register
 
 For more information about the series, visit our site!

CA4Health at the Equity Summit 2015

CA4Health went to the PolicyLink Equity Summit with a 26 person delegation and hosted a Session during the conference. With over 3,000 people in attendance, the Summit energized attendees from across the country (especially our delegates) to push for more conversations and actively pursue actions related to equity in our communities. In our session, the participants openly dialogued about what they were hearing and experiencing at the Summit. We all felt the time was now to strive towards equitable changes on a local, regional and statewide level. Here’s what a few of our delegates had to say:

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"I am inspired. I am empowered. I will work and live for equity through collaboration.  I will work and live for equity with urgency..the time is NOW!"     
-Julie Burr, Institute for Community Collaborative Studies, California State University, Monterey Bay
 
“This is something that I feel has been spoken about internally for years. However, the summit really helped to make this process more mainstream and more relevant to decision makers, leaders, etc."
-Ruben Brambila, San Bernardino Department of Public Health
 
"I think the heart of the summit appeared in breakout sessions and when the moderators allowed audience participation, they were wonderful.  I met many like-minded individuals that I plan on following up with for collaboration.”
-Dr. Mo Sami, UC Irvine

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Additionally, James Marin from the Camino Health Center shared some of his takeaways from the Equity Summit and thoughts about moving forward with CA4Health.

"The Summit helped me to see that this issue has finally reached a very large and powerful audience. I felt happy to know that this issue is finally being recognized as a primary means to help our communities.
This is especially true when talking about CA4Health. I truly believe that health is the key to solving almost all equity related issues. If we no longer see a "Public Health Department," but instead see Public Health in every department then most equity issues with be done away with. 

I envision this delegation being one where we can support one another in our efforts. Where we can take on issues we are having and create policies that can then go beyond this delegation. The possibilities for this group are endless and I hope we can all continue to network and be examples for others to see how important health equity is. It is the future!"

CA4Health in Central California

On November 6th, CA4Health hosted its inaugural regional convening to connect stakeholders in and around the San Joaquin Valley. The gathering allowed stakeholders to discuss policy and topical areas of interest,  potential opportunities, and future planning for their group. Some areas that came up included learning more about Cap & Trade and Accountable Communities for Health, working towards safer school zone policies, finding ways to improve immigration reform and drinkable water, and creating a library of success stories from the region. CA4Health will continue to work with the group towards learning, sharing, and opportunities for collective action.
CA4Health is on the move and our next stop will be in the southern California/San Diego area! More information to come soon!

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We experience change all the time. Sometimes it is passive, as we watch summer give way to fall. Many times it is active – we do it through volunteering at schools or local organizations. We make it through building new relationships. We contribute to change by trying to see things differently or exploring something new.
With budget deliberations moving at the federal level, and a new legislative session pending for California – sharing your vision and progress toward change is critical.

No matter how you are making change, it is time to tell the story of your work at any scale and lift up your voice and those of others, particularly those involved in community efforts.
 
Prevention & Public Health Fund Update: Attention REACH Grantees - The coming days will be critical to ensure funding is sustained for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Members of congress need to hear about your work to best defend investments in prevention, and REACH in particular. Contact your member of congress and share the details of your work to demonstrate the importance of these investments! Draft language for additional letters of support can also be found here.
 
Statewide Storytelling was one of the strategies employed by California Convergence and other partners throughout the 2015 legislative session, which saw a broad range of prevention and equity legislation brought for consideration. One big win was seeing The Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program chaptered with support from Roots of Change and Market Match partners in LA - read about their great work here. A number of bills will still be on the table for the 2016 session, including many that impact traffic in school zones, an issue championed by Cultiva La Salud (formerly CCROPP) and many others you read about here. New legislation will undoubtedly arise to tackle a number of opportunities for change in our communities - now is the time to share your stories to support the movement into 2016 and beyond. Find examples of more local successes from California Convergence and others here.

RESOURCES & TOOLS

Bringing Soul to the Work of Collective Impact
Equity: The Soul of Collective Impact, by Michael McAfee, Angela Glover Blackwell, and Judith Bell

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State General Plan Guideline Workshops
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has released revised general plan guidelines, which direct cities and counties to consider key issues. Community workshops held by OPR and CPEHN are your opportunity to learn about the updated guidelines, ask questions, and share feedback. More information

 CA4Health is a project of the Public Health Institute,
made possible by funding from The California Endowment