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CA4Health is excited to announce its People.Power.Change! Series for 2017. We developed this series to ensure that we are building leadership together and providing tangible opportunities to advance change in California. This will be a 3-part, interactive series that includes in-person regional convenings, virtual capacity-building sessions, and culminates in a Sacramento day of action. By participating in People.Power.Change! you will:
  • Engage with allies within your region and statewide to learn and share on food justice and poverty reduction issues
  • Enhance skills in order to take collective and local actions for health equity and justice
  • Utilize a variety of methods to share your voice and stories with elected officials
  • Learn about other efforts and opportunities to get and stay connected
The People.Power.Change! series will start rolling out in March and will continue through the end of June--more details to come soon! We look forward to seeing you out there with us in 2017!



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2017 promises uncertainty, but strong resolve to ensure our values of equity are sustained. We are dedicated to staying engaged in policy, systems and environmental changes that secure a brighter future for us all. Here’s what to expect in the coming legislative session:
 
Federal Policy Landscape: Last year, the CA4Health Community of Practice and its partners mobilized in support of the Prevention of Public Health Fund, Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). Current awardees from across California and the nation united to speak up for sustained funding to these programs. Nora Connors, Deputy Director of Public Policy & Partnerships with the Public Health Institute, shares:
 
“PHI leads a coalition to advocate for full funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). REACH is greatly at risk during the FY2017 and FY2018 appropriations processes, as well as the current congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). REACH is now fully funded through the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund), which was created as part of the ACA and would be defunded in a repeal.
 
During the negotiations of a FY2017 spending bill, PHI raised the alarm with our partners and pushed for a rapid response effort to engage all our networks that resulted in a letter signed by 254 national organizations that called for full funding of $50 million for REACH in any FY2017 spending legislation. The letter was distributed broadly on the Hill, to leadership, appropriations committees, and key delegation members. PHI worked closely with CA4Health to secure direct support in the form of stories, letters, emails and outreach to members of Congress from the California REACH and PICH grantees, encouraging them to weigh in with their members of Congress and providing a strategic framework to do so.
 
With so much at risk in the upcoming months, PHI will continue to take a leadership role in the protection these programs at the federal level, including by organizing and hosting a CDC meeting at the end of January and coordinating partner efforts to push for full funding of the program in any appropriations bill. PHI is also a key player in efforts in Washington, DC working to protect the Prevention Fund and oppose the repeal of the ACA. Please stay tuned as we may call on you for additional support to fight these critical efforts in the upcoming months.”
 
CA4Health will continue to work closely with Nora and our colleagues at the Public Health Institute to ensure we are up to date and able to continue to act around these critical issues.
 
State Policy Landscape: The Governor’s proposed FY ’17-‘18 budget was released on January 10th and can be found here. In the coming months, members of the public can submit letters of support or opposition and set up meetings with budget subcommittee members, their staff, and party leadership in advance of the May revise. 
 
The deadline for legislation to be introduced for the 2017 legislative session is February 17th. CA4Health will be reviewing legislation related to the health equity priorities of the Community of Practice and look forward to sharing key legislative opportunities with you in the coming months. Check back for more!


TOOLS & RESOURCES

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New Resource:
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) Defense Hub: Action to defend the ACA is more important than ever. CPEHN’s new hub provides opportunities to engage in efforts to protect health care, and share tools and resources. Find upcoming events and actions, track CPEHN legislative visits, locate ACA resources, share your ACA success stories and track updates on social media with the #Fight4OurHealth campaign. 

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The New Administration: Opportunities & Challenges for Prevention​ - Webinar

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:30 am   
 2017 brings new opportunities and challenges to strengthen prevention and population health. Please join American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health for a Dialogue4Health Web Forum featuring a panel discussion highlighting advocacy opportunities to advance prevention, equity and public health with the new Administration and Congress. The Web Forum will also include strategies to ensure robust communications are provided to key audiences including policymakers and a Q&A session with the panelists. Click HERE to register. 

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The California Farm to School and Garden Conference will be held March 27 - 29, 2017 at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, California. The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators. Click HERE for more information. 

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CDC's Tracking Network is an excellent data source for environmental hazards, exposures, and health conditions that can be a valuable asset to the health impact assessment process.
CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) connects people with vital public health information. It has data and information that can be used for a wide variety of environmental and public health efforts like conducting health impact assessments.
 Click here for more information. 

Webinar Materials Now Available!

Tools and Partnerships for Housing + Transportation Integration: AHSC Resources Webinar

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If you were not able to make the webinar, Tools and Partnerships for Housing + Transportation Integration, you can download the powerpoint presentation here, or visit the LA THRIVES event webpage where you can also view a video recording of the webinar.

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with funding from The California Endowment