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People.Power.Change! Session 3

On June 27th, community leaders from across California joined together to speak out for health equity at the People.Power.Change! Sacramento Day of Action. Building off of the previous People.Power.Change! sessions, participants from southern, central and far northern California  traveled to the capitol for a day of networking and change-making, meeting with 44 legislative offices representing key leadership in both houses, committees and caucuses. Youth speakers from KidWorks in Santa Ana shared their local work and vision for change and Flojaune G. Cofer, Research and State Policy Manager with Public Health Advocates, joined us to fire up the group with her experiences and recommendations for conducting successful legislative visits. Youth and adults; students and health professionals connected within and across their regions to share their passions and support one another in preparing for their afternoon visits before heading to the capitol. The day was full of inspirational exchanges, comradery, and action as decision-makers were educated about issues that matter most to their constituents. CA4Health will continue to work towards health equity and justice alongside these amazing advocates and all our allies across California. 

Here’s what some participants had to say:
  • “I now know how easy it is to be heard by professionals who are interested in bettering communities around CA”
  • “It was very empowering and I feel better poised to talk to legislators now” 

To get an idea of the full People.Power.Change! series and highlights from the Day of Action check out the Storify HERE.  

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​​Summer Recess:
Making your issues local
For many, the start of summer is synonymous with the end of school and the beginning of a coveted summer break! What we sometimes forget is that our legislators are also “out of school” for the summer during a period referred to as “Summer Recess”.

​Each summer for roughly one month our representatives in the state and federal legislatures leave the capital and return home to their districts. While this time is not necessarily full of family road trips or trips to camp, it’s still an exciting opportunity for our fellow advocates who want more convenient opportunities to meet with their representatives.
 
We know that meeting with our representatives is an important advocacy strategy, but we don’t always have the time and resources to visit them in Sacramento or Washington D.C. Summer Recess is a key opportunity to schedule meetings with our representatives at their District Offices and form relationships with them and their local staff. This summer, State representatives will adjourn July 21st, heading back to their home districts and returning to Sacramento on August 21st. Federal representatives will adjourn July 31st, returning to Washington D.C. on September 5th.
 
CA4Health is committed to supporting you and your community partners in holding meetings with your representatives to share your stories, solicit support for your priority issues, and build capacity for new advocates.
 
Getting started: CA4Health has developed some materials to get you ready for Summer Recess. Find an Overview and “How to” guide here and a Tips and Troubleshooting guide here.
 
Whether you need assistance with navigating the process, or you are well on your way to setting up a meeting on your own – CA4Health wants to capture our movement across California! Let us know what you are planning for Summer Recess @ca4health on twitter or connect with our policy staff, Kristania De Leon, at krdeleon@phi.org.
 

TOOLS & RESOURCES

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Join public health leaders from California and across the nation for this dynamic series on communicating the powerful connection between climate change and human health. You’ll hear from internationally recognized experts and innovative on-the-ground leaders in this series of four webinars. Each will feature real-life examples and practical recommendations for increasing the impact of climate and health communications.

Click HERE to register for the series

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Hospital-Community Partnerships: Using Local & Institutional Policy to Address Root Causes of Food Insecurity
 

You're invited to join the second webinar of the  Moving Health Care Upstream & ChangeLab Solutions Hospital-Community Partnership Webinar Series! Hospital-Community Partnerships: Using Local & Institutional Policy to Address Root Causes of Food Insecurity is the second of a free, two-part webinar series. Register below to learn about realistic, innovative local and institutional policy strategies that hospitals can use to address the root causes of food insecurity.
Time: Tuesday July 25, 2017, 1-2 pm ET / 10-11 am PT

Presenters:
  • Kate Blackburn is a Senior Program & Policy Analyst with the National Office of Policy & Prevention at Nemours.
  • Holly Calhoun is a Project Manager at the Public Health Institute. 
  • Rio Holaday, MPH, is a senior policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions. 
  • Wendy Palmer MS, RD, LD, CHES is the Manager of Wellness at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 
  • Jennifer Puestow is the Manager of Wellness at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 
 
REGISTER NOW!
Click here for information and registration for the remainder of the webinar series.

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CFPA has started their policy development process, and they need your input! 
 
This annual survey helps them gather feedback about challenges and opportunities to improve the health and well-being of all Californians through improved access to nutritious, affordable food. 
  
They'll be collecting responses until Friday September 1st. All respondents will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card! 

Click HERE to take the survey!


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HealthEquityGuide.org showcases health departments building power for equity
After years of struggling to close health disparities, a new movement has taken root: health departments are taking action on racial and social justice. HealthEquityGuide.org is home to 25+ case studies of how health departments across the country have advanced health equity.

Case studies, guiding practices, resources, and more
HealthEquityGuide.org is grounded in the recognition that equity work is about explicitly identifying and systematically addressing the intersecting root causes of unfair health outcomes, including oppression and lack of power. The website is structured around a set of strategic practices that can guide health departments (and their partners) down their unique path. The practices are organized by the following themes: 
  • Working across government
  • Building internal infrastructure
  • Fostering community partnerships
  • Championing transformative change

In June, CA4Health co-sponsored a Dialogue4Health webinar on this, available here.

CA4Health, a Public Health Institute Program, made possible
with funding from The California Endowment