The Sierra Health Foundation hosted the “Revive With Girls On The Rise” event on Tuesday, August 14th in Sacramento.
Sierra Health Foundation
On August 7th, 2015, Girls on the Rise hosted their 2nd Annual Leadership Conference. This program is fitted to young women in South Sacramento who are learning to have a healthy lifestyle.
El Dorado, Yolo, Placer, and Sacramento Counties all have something in common; they all have high populations of low-income families that do not have access to proper health care. To discuss this issue, on January 15th, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is holding a Regional Health Care Forum located at the Sierra Health Foundation in Sacramento from 10-12pm.
This event will be an opportunity for individuals that lack access with more information about health coverage in California. Things like partnership opportunities, financing options, clinic locations, and government programs will be of discussion. The community will have the entire event to explore and ask questions. The health forum will also have many community leaders, and health care providers available for in person communication.
Consequently, where someone lives can greatly affect the options that have to healthcare access. Some low-income neighborhoods lack fresh fruits and vegetables, just as another neighborhood may lack adequate health care. Some major factors include transportation,technology housing, and education. The life expectancy in the Central Valley can range by 21 years old depending on the zip code.
“Closing gaps to health care access requires meaningful cross-sector collaboration and innovative systems,” says Leilani Barnett of the Regional Manager at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.”The purpose of Thursday’s forum is to work toward health equity by continuing this cross-sector dialogue, with community leaders, civic leaders, health care providers, housing , and investors and financial institutions at the same table.”
To get more information about this upcoming event or to register in attendance please click the link below: http://www.sierrahealth.org/srhcp/jan15
In a perfect world every socioeconomic group, every sexual orientation, every race, every identity would be represented in every law-making council. Democracy works when there is diversity in legislative groups. The Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA) recognizes that need. The SHA are using a 7-month, 80-hour program to help low-income people and people of color to have a voice in regional legislative commissions. The program spans from October 2014 to April 2015.
The Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI), funded by the Sierra Health Foundation and the California Endowment, is a program that aims to increase the diversity in the boards and commissions of the Sacramento region.
“Boards and commissions are often key decision-making bodies on important equity issues, around land use transportation, safety net services and health, ” states Veronica Beaty, Land Use Policy Director at SHA. “The BCLI supports people of color and low income people in being a part of the political process from the inside, advocating for their communities and a broader equity agenda at the systems level.”
BCLI trains low-income people and people of color to work as board members for various boards and commissions in the Sacramento region. Many of the boards are responsible for making decisions on transportation, housing, land use, jobs, and the environment.
“We work hard to make sure the BCLI curriculum meets people where they’re at, in a way that’s taliored to their interests and experiences,” states Beaty. “If you aren’t sure that service on a board or commission is right for you, the BCLI will help you explore your options and teach you valuable skills. BCLI will connect you with experts in multiple policy areas and other people in your community who want to advnace and equity agenda.”
The training will include lectures on public policy and procedure, exercises to develop leadership skills, help participant’s become more knowledgeable about equity, and show how goals can be accomplished in the Sacramento. Monthly forums will bring policy leaders together to discuss topics that are relevant in the region. Participants will also have some brief assignments and one-on-one meetings with area policymakers.
If this description applies to you or someone you know, apply by August 22nd!
- Passionate about ensuring that the Sacramento region achieves equity for low-income people and people of color
- Interested in one or more of the issue areas of transportation, land use, health, housing, or the environment
- Currently involved with a community organization
- Knowledgeable about public policy processes
Participants will become
- More committed to social, environmental, and economic justice for low-income people and people of color
- Experienced working across sectors
- Knowledgeable about local/regional planning or policy
- Knowledgeable of public policy processes
- Professional and well-regarded among advocates and decision-makers
The online application includes:
- Nomination Letter: Request and submit a letter from your Nominating Organization or Individual BCLI Alumni.
- Personal Details
- Letter of Intent
Contact Veronica Beaty, Land Use Policy Director, at veronica@sachousingalliance or (916) 455-4900 x306 with any questions.
On Friday June 20th the Sierra Health Foundation hosted the first annual “Girls on the Rise” conference. Girls on the Rise is a program geared towards young women of color in the South Sacramento area. In the program, girls identify and find solutions to problems in their community. This year the group decided to focus on healthy eating and fitness. This conference ran by the girls of Girls on the Rise was meant to teach other young women about health and what they can do for the community.
On Saturday, June 14th, Always Knocking Incorporated, the Sacramento Building Healthy Communities Hub, and the Sierra Health Foundation will host “A Day in the Park: Saving Our Sons and Brothers”, an event designed to celebrate male togetherness. The free event will be located at Tahoe Park from 10 am to 3 pm.
Always Knocking Inc. is an organization that strives to promote the growth of young and grown colored men through community support and healing.
“If we’re going to heal the community, people have got to start working together,” says the organization’s founder, Gregory King. “We have healing circles every week dealing with alcoholism and drugs. To do something for [their] family, first, a man has to heal.”
According to naacp.org, “African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.” Organizations like Always Knocking Inc. strive to change these statistics.
King hopes that the upcoming event will have a tremendous impact on struggling community members. The event is open to boys and men of color, as well as ten informational or non-profit vendors, who RSVP by May 10th.
“We’ll be celebrating the work that we’ve been doing, and we’ll also celebrate the work that we will continue to do,” King adds. “The celebration is going to be huge, [but] you’ve got to come to the event to find out [what’s happening].”
Anyone interested in attending the event may contact King by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (916) 470.2077.
Featured image courtesy of www.wecedyouth.org.