Part 3 - Integration Initiatives

Thursday February 11, 2016


In February, part 3 of our web series will go over real life examples of cross-sector community change. Hear about how integration initiatives work across sectors in cities to change economic conditions for those most in need. Click Here to register.
If you weren’t able to participate in Part 1 or 2 of the web forum, we recommend that you view Social Impact Capital Training 101: Review of key concepts before participating in others. Click here for the previous recordings and materials.


Moving to ACTION in 2016!
We often think of decision-makers as people elected to office. It is easy to forget that every one of us has the power to make changes and decisions that have far-reaching impacts. CA4Health, as California Convergence before it, believes in the importance of all our voices in creating a healthy, equitable California.
Have your say – CA4Health 2016 Policy Priority Survey. Your voice is essential to our collective efforts. The 2016 policy survey is a way for you to share your priority issues around health and equity to inform the activities of the CA4Health community. There is no obligation to be a CA4Health member to participate in lifting up the issues that are important to you and the communities you serve or participate in. Download and share the paper survey in English and Spanish, or use our electronic versions in English and Spanish by February 19th.  
Join us at ENACT Day – March 30th! This annual event brings community members and advocates from all over California together in Sacramento to educate their state representatives and advocate for nutrition and physical activity legislation. All you need is your passion, and an optional donation. Can’t travel to Sacramento? Register for Virtual ENACT Day! A limited number of travel scholarships are available - complete the online application by February 29th for consideration. Registration and details here!

Stay informed! On January 7th, the Governor released the Proposed FY2016-17 Budget. Many in the public health and policy arenas are treating the summary as a missed opportunity to restore many cuts made to services and programs that support our most vulnerable populations in favor of adding to fiscal revenues. What do you think? Read the full report here.

We look forward to taking action with you this year!

CA4Health Regions - Building Community & Collective Power
On January 8th, CA4Health hosted its 2nd regional convening in San Diego to connect with stakeholders from California’s southernmost counties. The gathering allowed public and private-sector partners across the region to convene around shared priorities and collective goals.


Developing ways to share communications and messaging around similar health issues, as well as the need to engage community members in activities that create a pipeline to authentic engagement around health equity were highlighted. Monique López with the Environmental Health Coalition shared her local expertise and passion for transportation justice with the group, addressing the need for collaboration in advocacy and willingness to think big and take risks in advancing change! CA4Health, through its Southern California office, will continue to work with the group to expand and address specific 2016 opportunities and activities.
We are also pleased to announce that CA4Health will be working with The Center for Healthy Communities at CSU Chico (CHC) to convene partners in the North Coast and Cascades areas of California. As the lead organization for an existing coalition across 15 counties in the region, CHC will continue to engage stakeholders, new & existing, and build partnerships across the region alongside CA4Health.  
CA4Health is still on the move - next stop: Los Angeles! Join us on Thurs Feb 4th. Contact CA4Health for more information.



The California Department of Public Health has developed a Chronic Disease Prevention Messaging Toolkit to help local health departments and community-based organizations craft and publish compelling chronic disease prevention messages. The toolkit, developed through a series of qualitative marketing research activities, includes downloadable storytelling forms and templates with prompt questions to help craft your story. The Messaging Toolkit received a 2014 National Public Health Information Coalition Silver Award for Excellence in Public Health Communication Out-sourced Webcast/Podcast Based Training. It is highlighted on the NPHIC Toolkits webpage here.
The Messaging Toolkit with downloadable storytelling templates is located on the CDPH Chronic Disease Control Branch website here.

For more information, contact Mary N. Rousseve at


Building Healthier Communities in California through Federal Funding

Interested to see who’s receiving federal CDC funding in California? Check out CA4Health's web page highlighting the California CDC Awardees.

Why Communities of Color are Getting Frustrated with Collective Impact – Blog by Vu Lee 

According to  Vu Lee, “…Collective Impact continues to spread, with mixed results and reactions. I talked to a funder on the East Coast last week, and she said her state is getting sick of the constant mention of Collective Impact. Meanwhile, in Seattle, a colleague of mine said, “Collective Impact is like The Governor in The Walking Dead—seems nice, until you’re locked in a room with it.” Read more



Racial Equity Resource Guide

As part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's America Healing work they created a customizable Racial Equity Resource Guide that shares the collective insights, resources and tools of individuals and organizations that have been working to foster racial healing and racial equity in communities across the country.


California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative

Community Partners, with support from a consortium of funders (The California Endowment, Blue Shield Foundation of California, and Kaiser Permanente), is releasing a Request for Proposals to support up to six Accountable Communities for Health. Accountable Communities for Health seek to explicitly bring together key sectors and partners—from the community to the health care delivery system—in order to collectively advance a common health goal.The RFP will be released on Friday, January 22nd, 2016. To learn more about the CMMI AHC opportunity, Click Here.

Accountable Health Communities Model – Funding Available

The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model addresses a critical gap between clinical care and community services in the current health care delivery system by testing whether systematically identifying and addressing the health-related social needs of beneficiaries’ impacts total health care costs, improves health, and quality of care. For more information, click here.