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Pictured from left to right: Erika Vargas, Move More, Eat Healthy Program Coordinator. Rosalina Cisneros, La Habra. Maria Alvarez, Fullerton. Emily Brown, OC PICH Program Coordinator
Featured Partner: Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC) at ENACT Day! 

ENACT Day 2016 brought leaders from across California together in Sacramento to advocate for healthy communities. Traveling from Orange County, Rosalina Cisneros and Maria Alvarez attended ENACT Day for the first time. Here is what they had to say about the day:

What was your favorite part about attending ENACT Day?
Rosalina: I had never been there before so it was a great experience to have an opportunity to talk to the people who are representing you. They had a nice attitude receiving us. It was one of the best parts that they were available to talk to us. It was really easy!
 
Did you feel prepared attending your visits?
Maria: Yes, with all of the information that we received and the practice I think yes. What did inspire me is, like since I do not speak good English, I felt very comfortable speaking with the representatives that spoke Spanish!
 
From your perspective, why are events like ENACT Day (that focus on advocacy and holding meetings with representatives) important?
Rosalina: One of the best parts is that they let somebody from that community come. It’s so nice that we had the opportunity to talk to them. I was telling my friends, “we have the right to talk to them about our needs”. And not only me, everybody can do it!
Maria: Well, it’s important because the people that don’t have a way to get the information about how laws are made and the processes - people from the outside - we don’t understand the government and realization of laws and it’s important because we can help laws pass and influence legislators to support.
 
How will you be able to use what you learned at ENACT Day now that you are back home?
Rosalina: I am always involved in the church and the Boys and Girls Club, lots of things. People have known me for 30 years in this community so it’s easy for me to talk to people in the community and share what I learned to help our families.
Maria: First point, with my own family to teach them how laws work and how they pass and also communicating it with the other parents and sharing the information so they know too. Also sharing that these programs and events exist.
 
Final thoughts?
Rosalina: I just hope that everything we did has good results, because if not, we can go again and try it again and again, it’s no problem!
 
We couldn’t agree more! Rosalina and Maria are parents with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County’s Peer to Peer program. Learn more at www.capoc.org and www.movemoreeathealthy.org or via twitter @caporangecounty

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ENACT 2016: Beyond Sacramento

Just because ENACT Day is over, doesn’t mean your chance to support ENACT Day legislative priorities has passed. There are plenty of opportunities to engage your neighbors and representatives in ongoing advocacy for healthy communities:

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AB2054: Summer EBT for California Children passed the Assembly Human Services Committee with bi-partisan, unanimous support and was referred to Appropriations (suspense file). The bill needs support to make it off the suspense file - find a sample letter of support and bill update for action from the California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) HERE.
AB 2099: Safe Drinking Water Benefit passed both the Assembly Human Services committee and the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. It is now also awaiting a hearing in Appropriations. Find a sample letter of support and bill updates for action from CFPA HERE.
AB 2222: Discounted Transit Passes for Students passed the Assembly Transportation Committee with a unanimous vote and now will also head to Appropriations. Read more about the success of this vote and how it relates to other transportation equity legislation HERE.
AB 2782: Sugar Sweetened Beverages Health Impact Fee is no longer active for this year’s legislative session. While work is being done to continue advocacy at a state level, many California cities are moving forward with proposals of their own. Do you live in a city where a measure to reduce sugary drink consumption is underway? Find advocacy resources from the American Heart Association HERE and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy HERE!
AB 2796: Active Transportation Program also passed through the Assembly Transportation Committee will also be heard next in Appropriations. Follow California ATP progress, and find resources and updates from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership HERE.
 
Action: All of our ENACT bills are headed to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations – if your representatives sit on this committee, now is the time to use these resources to organize some action (calls, letters, etc.) for support! You can identify your representatives HERE.

CONNECTING THE CAPITAL WEB FORUM SERIES - Part 5 -
Collective Roadmapping:  Brainstorm your ideas.

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

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In May, Part 5 of our series, Collective Roadmapping: Brainstorm your ideas, we will hear and share emerging opportunities across our cohort for implementation of our session learnings in California communities. Click Here to register. 

Have a question for our trainer or an idea for a project you want to workshop with others? We may want to feature it on our May forum! Send any questions or project ideas to CA4Health by May 6th for consideration.

Click here for the recordings and materials from previous forums in our series.

CA4HEALTH REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Far North CA4Health Regional Convening
Fri, April 29th, 1-4pm in Red Bluff

The Center for Healthy Communities (CFHC) will be hosting a CA4Health regional gathering to build partnerships, create opportunities for efforts to be leveraged, and facilitate coordinated actions to enhance, expand, and elevate work and efforts around health equity and chronic disease prevention. Lunch will be provided and partners in nearby areas are welcome to attend!

Click Here to Register. For more information contact Michele Buran at mburan@csuchico.edu

Southern California partners will convene next month in Riverside to set an agenda for joint action across the region. If you have not attended a CA4Health convening in the past and would like to attend, please email Kristania De Leon at krdeleon@phi.org for more details!

TOOLS & RESOURCES

Center for Healthy Communities (CFHC) is hosting an opportunity to discuss; Enhancing opportunities for Physical Education in Schools!

Tues. May 3rd from 10-11am
Call in #: 866-319-4248 . No PIN needed.
Click here to register

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Learn about:
  • Updates on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and opportunities for PE funding
  • Strategies to assess school needs and obtain funding for PE and PA in schools 

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The Healthy Cities & Counties Challenge is a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties and administered by CEOs For Cities. The partnership empowers small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties to create a positive health impact. They are awarding more than $1.5 million in prizes to cities, counties and federally recognized tribes most able to show measurable changes in health and wellness over the next several years.

Click Here to find out more!

Choice Neighborhoods
Deadline: June 28, 2016
 
On March 31, HUD published the FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The funding announcement makes approximately $120 million available for awards. The NOFA and full application package are now available on www.grants.gov. Information will also be available at www.hud.gov/cn shortly.

Applications are due on June 28, 2016. Any questions regarding the NOFA must be directed to choiceneighborhoods@hud.gov.

With awards of up to $30 million, Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants help communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and by and leveraging and investing in well-functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, crime prevention strategies, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.


Social Innovation Fund Classic Grants – Deadline:  May 10, 2016
 
The 2016 Social Innovation Fund Classic grant competition will provide up to $39 million to eligible grantmaking institutions seeking to grow innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges facing low-income communities nationwide in our focus areas of healthy futures, youth development and economic opportunity.
 
Each selected grantmaker will be awarded $1 million to $10 million and will match every federal dollar of the grant award. The majority of awarded federal funds must be invested in subgrantee programs, who match their grants 1:1 as well.
Click here for more information.

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Save the date! CalFresh Forum 2016 is happening on Friday, May 20, 2016.
 
Join Hunger Fighters from the Central Coast to learn:
  • How CalFresh fights hunger and malnutrition in our community, while bringing needed revenue to our economy.
  • How to promote, enroll, and advocate for increased participation in this valuable program.
  • How YOU can play a key role in improving access to healthy, nutritious food for your community.


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with funding from The California Endowment