On August 12th the Health Equity Action Team held a press conference outside the Guild Theater in Oak Park to address UC Davis’ decision to abruptly stop accepting Medi-Cal patients. Thousands of families were left without reasonably close medical care, and now have to travel almost two hours to San Francisco to even pick up prescription medication.
Building Health Communities
Thanks to TV shows like “The Biggest Loser”, counting carbs is on its way to becoming a regular American pastime. Newly released figures are also showing that diabetes is quickly becoming part of American culture and more people should be worried about it.
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention* found that on average almost one third of U.S. teens with diabetes are unaware that they have it. The data showed that “about 0.8 percent of the teens surveyed had diabetes, and of these, nearly 29 percent didn’t know they had the condition.”
A quick internet search reveals that diabetes often has no symptoms, and even the few that are listed such as frequent urination and thirst could be seen as trivial. Diabetes is dangerous because of the strain it puts on our bodies which puts people with diabetes at a much higher risk for mortal complications such as liver failure, heart attack, and stroke.
To put more candidly, the findings reveal that a third of teens who are facing these deadly complications are completely in the dark about it and therefore unable to combat it. In turn they showcase the importance of teaching America’s youth about healthy eating habits and the consequences of neglecting our bodies.
”Type 2 diabetes is preventable by eating a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and veggies!” says Amber Stott, founder of the Sacramento-based Food Literacy Center. “It’s critical to teach kids the habit of eating their veggies at a young age, because eating habits form early.”
In accordance with Stott’s advice, another study** published in the Health economics journal found that by rewarding or ‘bribing’ kids to eat fruits and veggies, the number of kids who ate at least one serving per day doubled.
“Vegetables protect us from many diet-related diseases. Eating veggies is like brushing your teeth. We don’t wait until our kids have a cavity to teach them to brush their teeth–we teach them early so they don’t get cavities in the first place,” said Stott. “This same thinking should be considered with eating vegetables. By doing it early–and often–we’re protecting our kid’s good health so they don’t develop health problems later in life.”
Even after the rewards ceased for eating fruits and veggies, the children continued to eat almost double the fruits and veggies they had previously, proving that good habits can die hard too.
These studies reveal two things: one, to slow the diabetes epidemic action must be taken to correct the poor eating habits that our country has developed, and two, there are feasible ways of doing so, such as bribing kids.
*The CDC study noted that the tests could not confirm whether the teens that showed positive had type 1 or type 2 diabetes, only the latter of which is preventable; as well as the fact that only one round of blood tests leaves some room for overestimation as to the results.
**The Health Economics study noted that rewarded behavior can lead to a slight lack of motivation to perform the rewarded behavior purely through personal motivation in the future.
"Street Stories"/ Access Sacramento/ AccessLocal Videos/ Neighborhood News/ NNC Stories/ nnc videos/ Sacramento City Unifed School District/ Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services/ Top News!/ Voices From Our Streets
Ronnie Swinburn A Place Called Sacramento, Building Health Communities, California Endowment, change starts with you, community volunteering, harvest sacramento, Health Happens Here, Health Happens Here in Neighborhoods, Health Happens in Schools, Healthy Foods, NNC Stories, Sacramento Charter Hig, SCUSD, soil born farms, Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project 0 Comment
On Saturday, March 26th, Sacramento Charter High-School in alliance with Soil Born Farms hosted a event called Harvest Sacramento where organizations, local people and youth of all ages were encouraged to come and pair up into teams and head into the neighborhoods. The featuring neighborhoods were North Oak Park, Midtown, East Sacramento, and many more from all over Sacramento County.
Each group had a specific neighborhood to harvest from and carpooled to the many registered local homes. Then the owner of the property which the tree was on was able to decide whether they wanted to keep or donate all of their fruit from their overbearing trees to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services for those in need of fresh fruit.
Harvest Sacramento also gives anyone who participates take home boxes of different type of citrus like grapefruit, oranges, lemons and tangerines for their own selves, families, friends and or community centers. With the efforts of everyone who collaborated on this day during this recent event, they had reached the amount of a little more than 4,000 lbs of fruit.
“I’ve lead individual harvest groups and have participated in the picking its exciting,” said Melanie Weir, program participant. “Whenever I come out I always meet interesting and awesome people that are inspirational.”
Most People Will Just Scroll Past This Article, But When She Stopped to Write It She Found Out Something INCREDIBLE. Number 2 Will SHOCK You!
Recently, I attended a Building Healthy Communities Youth Media Conference supported by the California Endowment in Los Angeles with the rest of the AccessLocal.Tv team. This conference brought together media journalists from across the state, helping us learn about important issues occurring statewide and showing us how to spread those messages through media. Out of four workshops that were offered on the second day, I chose to go to the “Social Media: Get your story trending now” workshop which was put on by Angela Kim, a social media expert. In this workshop, she taught us how to work with different social media platforms when publishing content.
Other than stressing that headlines are key, Kim taught us that posting your story on different social media platforms can really help put your story out there and to always add pictures to your story as most people look for a visual aspect when scrolling through their feed. When speaking about the actual article, she told us to ask ourselves who and where is your audience and will the article resonate with them. Ask yourself if you saw your article online, would you share it? When it comes to your profile on your social media platform, remember to keep it professional. Your bio should include a clear picture, a direct handle so people can easily locate you, a mission statement which includes your title if you have one, and a link that directly connects to your website. This workshop did a nice job of showing the best ways to upload content on each platform, including several tips for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. One of the final things Kim said which stuck with me was “build your audience when you don’t need it”. This gives local youth media reporters like me a chance to start connecting with people through social media. Little by little an audience starts growing while you grow as a journalist.
“Social media for publishers isn’t about just posting a link,” Kim responded when asked why it is important to upload content onto social media. “It is where you can share your stories and also connect with your audience to engage and build a community.”
The organization Sons and Brothers, who also spoke at the conference, use social media as their only form of communication to the world. Sons and Brothers, which was inspired by President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, is put together through organizations nationwide that are focused on making health and opportunity happen for America’s young people of color. Their platforms include their website, a website through the California Endowment, and social media pages such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
“Thanks to social media, the speed at which news travels has changed significantly,” said Kim. “Stories in one town can be spread globally in just minutes and end up trending on social media.”
Locally, AccessLocal.Tv uses their Facebook page to promote the stories that are published each day.
Stakeholders of the Stockton Boulevard Partnership met last Tuesday to discuss future projects to revitalize sites in the Building Healthy Communities area. Of particular interest was the site of the San Juan motel, a vacant lot sitting across the street from the Partnership’s conference room. Leaders who attended were asked to collaborate, voice their concerns, and a post ideas onto different categories for how to improve the area (items with C’s next to them are things participants want to create, while A’s are things they want to avoid).
On Saturday, May 2nd the Lemon Hill Neighborhood will hold a clean up day to be attended by community volunteers. Located in the Parkway-South area, the event is scheduled to start at 9 am with a light breakfast, and will be followed by clean up efforts until 2 pm.
A variety of work will be performed, mostly centered on trash pick-up. Anyone who has driven down the freeway can see that Sacramento is not a litter-free city, and disposing of unsightly garbage is a method of beautifying the neighborhood that most people can get behind.
“We, the residents of Lemon Hill, are concerned of the illegal dumping, trash, and graffiti that has been going on lately,” said Ziola Hernadez, coordinator of the event. “We want a clean, safe environment for our children and our community to beautify our neighborhood.”
The event will be hosted in partnership with local institutions including Mutual Housing California, whose mission is to “advocate for sustainable housing that builds strong communities through resident participation and leadership development,” according to their website. Will C. Wood Middle School, which in the direct vicinity of Lemon Hill, and Building Healthy Communities are also sponsoring the event.
Funded by the California Endowment, Building Healthy Communities is an organization that like Mutual Housing works to build strong neighborhoods, as well as healthy neighborhood residents. They are doing this “by improving employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, unhealthy environmental conditions, access to healthy foods and more,” according to their website.
Anyone and everyone is encouraged to donate their time and energy to help maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the area.
Attending to 90,000 local residents and consisting of Medical facilities, health resource centers and even a local school district, Building healthy communities partnered up with over thirty Non for profit organizations to change the current healthcare system for undocumented residents. Many of those thirty originizations already support and provide healthcare for undocumented and uninsured of Sacramento. Health access action, part of building healthy communities aims to change the current healthcare system and extend it to provide undocumented residents healthcare insurance regardless of financial status.
In an effort to build and establish healthier neighborhoods, BHC teamed up with UC Davis school of medicine to empower and spread more momentum and awareness on “health for all”. The CMISP other known as County Medical indigenous services program provided healthcare for Sacramento’s Undocumented low income residents in the past. The BHC always looks to eliminate environmental Barriers like transportation to make primary care more accessible.
According to an article published by BHC, they believe by working with stakeholders, public officials and healthcare systems they can design programs that can be implemented into place that would effectively reduce costs for hospitals, families and Sacramento countyoverall. After recognizing that their was a need for policy change in Sacramento regarding Undocumented healthcare, the BHC set out to change Healthcare and create “Health for all” in Sacramento. Building healthy communities is setting out to create solutions for all of California to create Heath care access to everyone statewide.
On a recent weekday afternoon, the Building Healthy Communities organization held a meeting to discuss the quality of education and community so that youth voice, action, and power can be advanced.
Over a thousand days and countless hours of hard work have passed since the Sacramento region began its Building Healthy Communities Initiative. This July, community members celebrated the Sacramento BHC’s progress with food, friends, and fun at the Louise Perez Community Center and Rainbow Park.
The Building Healthy Communities Initiative, or BHC, is a state-wide, ten-year program funded by the California Endowment. Currently implemented in fourteen regions across the state, the BHC Initiative’s main aim is to improve the health of developing communities.
“[The Initiative] is designed to help strengthen our communities in a variety of ways so that they can be healthier,” says Kim Williams, Manager of the Sacramento Building Healthy Communities HUB. “It’s everything from walk-ability, safe streets, youth violence to school discipline issues, food access issues, health access issues; we want to remove the barriers that are preventing people from being successful and reaching their goals.”
In Sacramento, those involved with the BHC and its mission have been working hard to make a change with regards to healthy food access, youth development, healthcare access, school attendance issues, and more.
“We are putting on this event for the community, our residents, and our young people, as a way to show them and celebrate all the different things we’ve been doing over the last years, as well as to thank our grantees, who have been doing so much work on behalf of the Initiative,” says Williams.
The event offered a chance for BHC leaders as well as community members to relax and enjoy an assortment of free food, including sno-kones and popcorn, and games for younger participants. Families had the opportunity to relax and get to know some of the people making a change in their communities.
Overall, the event seemed to be a success for everyone.
“This event’s really great. It’s nice to have so many members of the community out and so many organizations who want to make this a better place,” says Isaac Gonzalez, Youth Media Coordinator and BHC HUB Member.
In this video story, Alondra Young and Kevin Do talking about the Youth Steering Committee and Building Healthy Communities.