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Learn About the Restorative Justice Youth Work in City Heights! 

For many engaged in prevention and public health efforts, schools are ideal sites to engage young people and their families in promoting health and wellness. Strategies like Restorative Justice are being employed by youth across the country to address a culture of health more broadly by breaking the school-to-prison pipeline and promoting wellness through community-building in schools.

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In the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, Mid-City Community Advocacy Network has employed authentic community and youth engagement processes to collaborate with the members of their neighborhood to jointly address what the community needs most.Two of their youth leaders and members of the CA4Health Equity Delegation - Alan Obregon and Phuong Pham (pictured 2nd and 3rd from the left) - have led Restorative Justice programs in high schools through Teen Courts, Peer Mediation, and Restorative Community–Building Circles. Read what Alan and Phuong wrote about their approach, techniques and benefits of the work they are doing in their community.

Want to share YOUR success or approach in improving the health of your community in California? Contact us at CA4Health@phi.org.

Policy Corner

The deadline for introducing bills to the state legislature passed last week. We will be working to review your survey results for priority issue areas and determine a policy agenda that reflects your interests and local needs. To track legislation you are interested in visit:  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/

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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. Event Registration and details here!

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CA4Health Regions - Building Community & Collective Power 

 
On February 4th, CA4Health hosted its 3rd regional convening in Los Angeles. Building off of the San Diego meeting, this event brought more Southern California leaders together to share their skills (many of our LA partners are talented craftsmen/women!) and passion for community change.
Bridging community and clinical efforts, along with authentic engagement of community members, especially youth, were themes of the day. Participants shared strategies around their work in schools and brainstormed ways CA4Health could bring more partners together across the region. Veronica Flores and Gwendolyn Flynn with Community Health Councils discussed their vision for deeper collaboration throughout the region, and Dr. Paul Simon with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health shared great resources being developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California.
CA4Health will stay connected and reconvene both Southern California groups in the Spring.

Next stop: CA4Health will host a web forum in partnership with The Center for Healthy Communities at CSU Chico to give the North Coast, Cascades, Sacramento and Gold Coast areas an opportunity to learn more about CA4Health. The web forum will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10:00 am. More information will be sent out soon!

RESOURCES & TOOLS

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Media Advocacy Training: Talking about Health Equity 
Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG)
 
Brought to you by BMSG, a project of PHI, this training will explain framing news from a health equity perspective — why it matters that we talk about it and how we do so. The training will help participants apply that knowledge to developing messages in advocacy campaigns. Participants will practice framing their issue in the context of policy advocacy to advance health equity at the community level.
 
CA4Health strongly encourages you to attend! Click here to register.



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Richmond, CA Measures Progress with first Health in All Policies (HiAP) Report

The City of Richmond continues its leadership in working towards health equity with the release of its first Health in All Policies (HiAP) Report.
The HiAP Report is a recap of the influence and progress of Richmond’s Health in All Policies ordinance and strategy and identifies how it will continue to grow over the next decade. Click here for more information on the report.

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Healthy Communities Navigator: 
Cross-sector Grants, Success Stories and Policy Papers

Developed by the Trust for America’s Health.
The Navigator is a dynamic searchable interactive platform that provides stakeholders with community and population health resources, grants and examples.
Click here to access the Navigator.


Advocating for Equity in Education & Health Care,
School Health Conference -
May 6, 2016

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The California School-Based Health Alliance invites you to join hundreds of health care providers, educators, and children's health supporters May 5-6 for Advocating for Equity in Education & Health Care. The conference will feature workshops on increasing health equity for children, exhibits, networking, and a spoken word presentation by student health advocates with "The Bigger Picture." Learn more!


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Pre-Diabetes Conference Registration
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
 
The California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) is hosting an important and timely conference addressing the diabetes and prediabetes epidemics: challenges, scalable models, and visions for success. Come to the conference and join others in the quest to stem diabetes and the havoc it causes, particularly in our underserved communities. Register today: space is limited.