Raymond Diaz
National Health Foundation


CA4Health staff sat down with Raymond Diaz, a Senior Program Coordinator with National Health Foundation and CA4Health Scholarship Recipient attending this year’s ENACT Day in Sacramento. Raymond has done tremendous work in partnership with young people to create healthier opportunities in schools in South Los Angeles. We asked Raymond about his experience at last year’s ENACT Day and what he looks forward to this year:
How was your experience participating and speaking at ENACT last year? 
Raymond:  I was invited to speak on AB1240 "Breakfast After the Bell" because of the project we created with our youth team from South Los Angeles where the goal is to increase access to healthy snacks using uneaten food from breakfast. It was a great experience to feel the energy from the group and to discuss challenges our communities face when accessing healthy food whether for breakfast or simply a healthy snack. The opportunities to network with organizations from across California and to find innovative ideas to support each other was definitely a highlight of the event. Visiting the capital building, speaking with legislators, and meeting with folks across the state is something I was looking forward too.

Were you able to take anything back to your community after?
Raymond:  Advocacy is a major component to bring about change and improve the environment in our communities. We met with stakeholders, policymakers, and almost anyone that would have us. Usually my advocacy is very specific to my community or my city, the great thing about ENACT Day is learning about advocacy in a larger context. We advocate not just for our community, but we learn to craft our message to impact our state. We learn about the bigger picture and how we can work together to improve the lives for everyone in California. I am more equipped to train our youth teams and connect with state-wide advocacy platforms and explain the importance of our community work.
What are you looking forward to at this year’s ENACT Day? 
Raymond:  This year, I am looking forward to learning about AB 2782 the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Health Impact Fee. Our youth have met with state legislators to discuss the access to and impact of sugary beverages in their community. Youth discuss the ease of access for these beverages as well as the affordability in their neighborhood corner stores. Attending ENACT Day allows us access to these state officials and to be able to share our stories from our communities.


ENACT Day is Wed, March 30th from 9-3pm! CA4Health is a proud co-sponsor of ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Advocacy Day.  Check out the ENACT Day-Supported agenda HERE. Registration for ENACT is currently closed, but you can still participate from wherever you are that day by using the Virtual ENACT Day portal or follow the action using #ENACT2016.


Pay for Success:  A new way of financing preventative care.

Thursday, March 10th 2016,
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

In April, Part 4 of our series, Pay for Success:  A new way of financing preventative care will give an overview of Pay for Success models including Social Impact Bonds and other ways to build social ROI into investment opportunities. Register here
If you weren’t able to participate in Part 1, 2 or 3 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.


CA4Health Voices – Uniting for Change

CA4Health collected stakeholder input through the Statewide Policy Survey to hear about the issues that matter most to you. We got responses representing 33 counties across California – and what you shared was illuminating!
Across the state, Healthy Food Access (including farm to fork, healthy retail, CalFresh, and affordable organics) for all Californians was an overwhelmingly strong prevention priority. Land Use, Physical Activity, and Tobacco Cessation also rose to the top as issues that partners are increasingly concerned about. Interestingly, many of these issues were presented as both prevention and social equity issues - naming factors like immigration, gentrification and climate change as shifting the equity landscape of traditional prevention efforts. Additionally, California communities are increasingly concerned with Poverty reduction and how to support greater opportunities for Economic Development, Employment, and Education. All of the feedback indicates strong commitments to chronic disease prevention coupled with upstream, systemic change.
The State Legislature will be considering a number of new and re-introduced measures this session. We are working to capture these key issues in a CA4Health policy platform that is reflective of these priorities, and to share findings with regional partners in support of local collaboration. CA4Health will send out an announcement with information about the statewide agenda shortly!
We look forward to advancing chronic disease prevention and equity with you this year!


CA4Health Northern California Regional partners webinar took place on March 11th for participants to learn more about CA4Health and how The Center for Healthy Communities at CSU Chico will be working to co-create a regional community of practice. A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.  


Save the Date: May 5th from 1-4pm for the first Northern California convening at the McConnell Foundation in Redding, CA. If you would like to connect with the Northern California region and attend the convening, please contact Michele Buran at:

Listen to a new piece in NPR's Latino USA, featuring Genoveva Islas, Program Director of Cultiva La Salud, discussing how poor water quality impacts the health of many Latino residents in California's Central Valley.




Media Advocacy Training: Talking about Health Equity 
Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG)
TODAY! Wednesday, March 23, 2016 10:30 am.
 Click here to register

​Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever) Webcast

Live streamed on March 7, 2016


The Collective Impact Forum (an initiative of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and FSG) & Results for America hosted a panel discussion to celebrate the release of "Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)," an article co-authored by Melody Barnes and Paul Schmitz, published in the Spring issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article features original research that highlights the importance of engaging community when implementing data-driven, evidence-based approaches and provides a framework for how to do so effectively.


Innovations in Health Equity

Produced by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this special supplement examines the organizations and programs that are addressing social inequalities in housing, transportation, work, and other parts of society that create disparate health outcomes.

View the digital edition and download the PDF.

​Opportunity to Enhance Health & Physical Education in Schools
The U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House in passing the Every Student Succeeds Act – the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, replacing No Child Left Behind. As a result, the role of both school health and physical education has been elevated and acknowledged as part of a student's "well-rounded" education. Check out this free e-guide from SHAPE America for more information as they seek support of health and PE programs by fully funding Title IV Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)! Also check out this recent 2016 Participation Report by the Physical Activity Council which shows inactivity rates increase by lower income level.



Join this webinar brought to you by The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and sponsored by the CA Chapter of the American Planning Association and Health Officers Association of CA! 
WEBINAR - The Healthy Planning Leadership Series - Climate and Health, Planning for the Future
Please click here to view the announcement for this event.
Wed, March 30th from 11am-12pm
Hosted by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Register Here for the webinar!