2016 Walk to School Day Photo Feature

Walk to School Day was Wednesday, October 5th and CA4Health wanted to feature some of the great work being done throughout California! Below are photos that were sent in by some of our partners, capturing their Walk to School Day 2016 activities! 




Healthy Lompoc Coalition,
Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization

La Honda Elementary School, a member of Lompoc Unified School District, had a great turn out for this year's Walk to School Day. The school Principle was the crossing guard for the day and welcomed every student to campus. Students wore numbered walking bibs and received promotional safety materials when they arrived on campus. La Honda Elementary will host Walking and Rolling Wednesdays every week in October. 




Butte County Public Health

Oakdale Heights Elementary School hosts Walk to School Day every month. Thank you Ann Dickman for your commitment!


Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Bishop CA
Toiyabe Indian Health Project, in partnership with the Bishop Paiute Tribe had a great turnout with 50 students and 33 parents who participated in Walk to School Day.

Thank you for the submissions! We look forward to featuring more of the wonderful work being done throughout California in our next issue!

Have a story you would like us to share? Send us an email at

​California after the 2015-2016 Legislative Session

This session saw over 1,000 new laws signed by Governor Brown. Among these bills are wins for health and social equity for California’s most vulnerable.


AB 1747: Food Assistance: Higher Education Students (Weber): public and private universities will apply to be food vendors under the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), allowing students to use CalFresh benefits at campus dining halls. It further establishes a fund to support partnerships between food banks and on-campus kitchens and expands SNAP outreach on participating campuses. CA4Health partners at the Center for Healthy Communities at CSU Chico discussed the need for programs like this on University campuses in the August edition of the PULSE.
SB 10: Healthcare: Immigration Status (Lara): California is now the first state to ask federal officials to allow undocumented Californians to purchase health insurance through the state health exchange. In a statement to the LA Times Marielena Hincapié, executive director for the National Immigration Law Center supported the new law stating: “in order to have truly healthy communities, we all need to have access to affordable, quality healthcare.”
Governor Brown signed a package of Tobacco-related legislation including: ABX2-7: Smoking in the workplace (Stone); ABX2-9: Tobacco use programs (Thurmond); ABX2-11: Cigarette and tobacco product licensing: fees and funding (Nazarian); SBX2-5: Electronic cigarettes (Leno), and perhaps most recognizable, SBX2-7: Tobacco products: minimum legal age (Hernandez) which raises the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Another large package of bills was passed focused on Climate Change. One of the included bills, SB 1160: Short-lived climate pollutants (Lara) establishes the nation’s toughest restrictions on destructive super pollutants including black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane. The bill’s author, Senator Lara, added that the bill will “continue placing California at the vanguard of climate change policy and ensure that our most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities…benefit from a proactive, lasting reduction strategy in short lived climate pollutants.” Food advocates have also hailed the ways in which this legislation will curb food waste.
After the passing of SB 358: Conditions of employment: gender wage differential (Jackson) in 2015 and an increase to the minimum wage in early 2016, two new chapters will expand pay equity across the state. AB-1676: Employers: wage discrimination (Campos) will prohibit employers from relying on an employee’s prior compensation to justify wage disparities between employees in similar positions. SB 1063: Conditions of employment: wage differential: race or ethnicity (Hall) will extend the Fair Pay Act, providing additional protections on the basis of race and ethnicity. Protections already exist for gender parity.
While these and many other pieces of legislation passed this session are making headway in the fight for equity, there is still more to be done! We look forward to working with you to make our next legislative session even more successful! 


CA4Health Partner Convening Recap

On September 14-15th, public health leaders, planners, and community members came together in Monterey to discuss how to partner to create healthy built environments. Participants learned about concrete strategies and tools through real-life case story presentations from Central California community teams.  
On the second day, attendees got into groups by county/city, and identified specific action steps they would take “back home” to continue this work. This event was organized by the California Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project and other partners.  For more information, please contact Mary Anne Morgan at or go to the Project website at:



Examining the Public Debate on School Food Nutrition Guidelines: Findings and lessons learned from an analysis of news coverage and legislative debates
Thursday, October 27 -11 AM to noon Pacific - 2 PM to 3 PM Eastern

This one-hour Web Forum will include a summary of our findings, as well as a discussion of how they might inform future communications efforts around healthy school food environments at the state and local level. Participating in the event will be valuable for professionals in education and public health working on creating healthy school food environments, particularly those who are interested in learning about how school food nutrition is currently being discussed, and lessons learned for future communications efforts.
Click HERE to Register


North State Healthy Living Leadership Summit
by Center for Healthy Communities

Tue, November 1, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM​

The CHC's Healthy Leadership Summit will:
  • Inspire new strategies to support community health 
  • Encourage new partnerships and funding strategies
  • Stimulate ideas that lead to effective action
  • Energize the connection between community and economic health
  • Celebrate community innovation and success

For more information click HERE or contact Michele Buran at


Web Forum: Engaging Communities for Change:  Stories from California

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
10:30 am to 12:00 pm


Leveraging and engaging community members are important elements to creating more equitable communities. Across California, the power of community organizing, mobilization, and civic engagement drives change. Please join CA4Health in a Web Forum co-hosted by Dialogue4Health and the California Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (CaLAPH, a project of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice) to hear stories from California where the community’s voice is influencing change.

This Web Forum will include highlights from:
  • The VOTA! Campaign in the Eastern Coachella Valley
  • Diabetes education and soda tax efforts in Watsonville
  • Transforming an anchor institution in Richmond


The #Health4All team is excited to inform you that the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) launched CalREACH, a free resource that makes applying for and receiving healthcare scholarships, loan repayments, and/or grants easier and more efficient for people pursuing careers in health.

To learn more about these opportunities go to the CalREACH website.


Exploring Community-Wide Interventions That Have Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5): An In-Depth Look at Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Monday, November 7 - 12 PM to 1 PM Pacific - 3 PM to 4 PM Eastern
This Web Forum series highlights specific interventions identified in the HI-5 initiative and will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to hear real-world examples of how local and state-level organizations have implemented Safe Routes to School (SRTS) to meet needs of their communities. In this Web Forum, John Auerbach, CDC Associate Director for Policy, and Elizabeth Skillen, CDC Senior Policy Advisor, will give an overview of the HI-5 initiative. Sara Zimmerman, Program and Policy Director at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and Melissa A. Kraemer Badtke, Principal Planner/Safe Routes to School Coordinator at the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, will describe their experiences with SRTS programs, including how SRTS impacted health and costs.
Click HERE to Register.


Get Your Community in Step with a 2016 Micro Grant Apply Today!

​America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second year of Micro Grant Funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability. 
Funded projects will increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities, work to develop the walking movement by growing the number and diversity of people and organizations pushing for more walkability, and they should make walking safe, easy, and enjoyable for all community members. Click here to learn more about the grant program.  Applications are due November 18, 2016 at 5pm Eastern. 

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