Below is a brief summary of publications to support regional equity advocacy.
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2010 HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS IN SACRAMENTO REPORT RELEASED
The Sacramento Hunger Coalition has released the Hunger and Homelessness in Sacramento: 2010 Hunger & Food Insecurity Report. Inspired by Los Angeles Community Action Network’s [LACAN] survey of homeless people in “skid row” or central city east in 2005, Taken for Granted: Ignoring Downtown Food Insecurity, the Sacramento Hunger Coalition [SHC], conducted a survey at the 2010 Homeless Connect event held on May 22, 2010. The report is based upon 112 surveys of the nearly 800 homeless men and women who attended the event.To read the report click here.
HEALTHY CITY SACRAMENTO REGION WEBSITE LAUNCHED!
Healthy City for the Sacramento region was launched on April 26.
To read an account of the launch, visit the Sacramento Press.
Healthy City is an information + action resource that unites community voices, rigorous research and innovative technologies to solve the root causes of social inequity. It provides actionable information such as data, maps, and service referrals through our easy-to-use online platform. HealthyCity.org allows users to search for local services, conduct research and connect with their communities. Beyond providing free access to the largest database of community services and localized data variables, HealthyCity.org offers the ability for users to “tell their own story” by uploading their own data or multimedia to the system.
The Healthy City Sacramento Region Partnership is comprised of the Sacramento Housing Alliance, The Community Services Planning Council and the Center for Regional Change at the University of California, Davis. The Partnership is focused on improving the ability of communities and organizations in the Sacramento region use data and mapping tools in planning and advocacy efforts. Recognizing Healthy City as a unique, innovative and user-friendly resource for data and mapping capabilities, the Sacramento Region Partnership has committed to working with Healthy City to democratize the access to data, improve public policy through better understanding of the issues, and improve referrals to community and social services. The Partnership will conduct outreach and training around the Healthy City Sacramento Region website to raise awareness about community conditions and policy and planning efforts for other community groups. The partnership will work to increase access to locally developed research and data.
To learn more and begin to use this exciting resource, visit Healthy City.
CORE STAFF ATTEND NEW PARTNERS FOR SMART GROWTH CONFERENCE
The Local Government Commission convened many of the nation’s leading advocates, planners and researchers at the 9th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference on February 3 through 6th in Seattle, Washington. Kendra Bridges and Constance Slider were lucky enough to attend this powerful event. Speakers included Professor john powell of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell, Secretary of HUD Donovan, Secretary of Transportation LaHood, and many other powerful people. A summary of this event is provided here as a synopsis of select sessions during the conference. If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Bridges.
The Local Government Commission (LGC) has just announced that PDF files of nearly all of the PowerPoint presentations given at the 9th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Seattle are now available online.To review the presentations, visit this website.
REPORT LINKS SODA CONSUMPTION TO OBESITY
The California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released the report, Bubbling Over: Soda Consumption and Its Link to Obesity in California. To read the report, visit this website.
SHRA REPORT ON FIRST QUARTER FORECLOSURES
SHRA has released a report on foreclosures and notices of default for the City and County of Sacramento during the first quarter of 2009. Included are breakdowns by council and supervisory district, analysis of trends, as well as maps of the trends. To view the report, visit this website.
POLICY LINK REPORT RELEASED ON TRANSPORTATION AND EQUITY
Policy Link has released a report titled All Aboard! Making Equity and Inclusion Central to Federal Transportation Policy. To read the report, click here.
CULTIVATING HEALTH EQUITY: A POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS REPORT
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network has released The Landscape of Opportunity: Cultivating Health Equity in California, which connects social and environmental inequities to the health disparities experienced by California’s communities of color. The report is available here. An interactive tool that allows you to map the landscape of opportunity across California is available here.
TOOLKIT FOR BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Leadership for Healthy Communities has released the Action Strategies Toolkit, which provides targeted strategies, stakeholders, policy and program options, directions on how to start programs, resources that can help inform the process, and examples of how other states and localities have achieved progress toward building healthy communities. To download the Toolkit, visit this website.
REPORT RELEASED ON INTERSECTION BETWEEN TRANSPORTATION, HEALTH, AND EQUITY
Policy Link and the Prevention Institute released a report titled The Intersection of Transportation, Health, and Equity: How bold transportation policies can make all communities healthier and stronger. To view the report, visit the Convergence Partnership.
POLICY REPORT RELEASED ON SMART GROWTH
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy released a policy report titled Evaluating Smart Growth: State and Local Policy Outcomes. The report evaluates the effectiveness of smart growth policies in four states, and discusses implications for future local and state land use planning. To download the report, visit the Lincoln Insitute.
ARTICLE RELEASED ON COMMUNITY DESIGN AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN CHILDREN
The American Academy of Pediatrics just released an article on The Built Environment: Designing Communities to Promote Physical Activity in Children. The article discusses how the built environment influences children’s physical activity, and what communities can do to increase physical activity and health in the lives of children. The article can be viewed by visiting this website.
POLICYLINK FRAMING PAPER
“Regional equity is part of a broad and hopeful vision for full inclusion and sustainability and the focus of the recent PolicyLink summit in New Orleans in early March. Distributed first to summit participants, Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion is the document that sets the scene for change. It examines the history of equity in America and how national and global forces are creating unique challenges and opportunities. It concludes with a vision of the future characterized by shared economic prosperity and true participatory democracy, one where everyone–including people of color and residents of low-income communities–can contribute and benefit.”
REPORT ON LOCATION, ACCESS TO FOOD OPTIONS, AND HEALTH
Designed for Disease: The Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes was released by California Center for Public Health Advocacy, UCLA Center for Public Health Policy Research, and PolicyLink. The report demonstrates that people who live near an abundance of fast-food restaurants and convenience stores compared to grocery stores and produce vendors, have a significantly higher prevalence of obesity and diabetes regardless of individual or community income. To read the report, visit this website.
UNNATURAL CAUSES…IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK?
Check out this great documentary series on causes leading to health inequalities across the nation and the world.
CORE PARTNERS WITH UC DAVIS FOR MAPPING RESOURCES
CORE has partnered with the Center for Regional Change at UC Davis to create GIS maps for research, coalition building, and advocacy. To learn more about these maps contact CORE or read SHA’s newsletter article by Kendra Bridges: SHA Newsletter Article.