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Here’s How Voting Can Improve Your Health

It has been said that a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. By that standard, we really do need to make America great again. Our national leadership has launched a direct attack on our most vulnerable residents – not just in harsh rhetoric, but in policies that have hurt children, […]

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Rebuilding our social compact will make us all healthier

For too long we’ve tried to solve the economic and social divisions in our communities by attacking the problems as individual challenges. These well-intentioned efforts have resulted in some progress, but have done little to create a sustainable community structure to give everyone a fair chance to pursue the American dream. The challenge is that […]

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As a young medical student, I began noticing the correlation between healthy residents and their socio-economic status. It quickly became clear that your zip code impacted your health more than your genetic factors. There can be as much as a 25-year difference in life expectancy between neighborhoods 1.5 miles away from each other. When I […]

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#WeAreBHC – Building Healthy Communities Convening (June 6-7, 2017)

This year the Building Healthy Communities 14 sites held their annual convening in Sacramento.  In the days of the convening they were able to showcase the powerful and sustaining work of BHC to California Decision makers.

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A Tale of Two Zip Codes – Spanish

Cuando se trata de nuestra salud, nuestro código postal importa más que nuestro código genético.Para muchas comunidades en California y en los Estados Unidos, el acceso facil a opciones de comida saludable, parques de ejercicio, y las buenas escuelas determinan la calidad y duración de vida. La iniciativa de construyendo comunidades sanas fundada por The […]

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How Racism is Killing White Americans

Author: Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. Date: Monday, Dec 05, 2017 Originally published at Daily Kos   The most interesting thing about the Trump phenomenon is not Donald Trump, it is his mostly white poorly educated working class constituency and the real pain they are experiencing in […]

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TRAILER: A Tale of Two Zip Codes

Did you know that your zip code matters more than your genetic code when it comes to determining how long you’ll live? Star Trek icon and social media sensation George Takei narrates this new animated short film that takes us on a fascinating journey to find out just how important our zip code is when it comes to life expectancy. “A Tale […]

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Behind The Scenes with George Takei

Star Trek icon and irrepressible social media sensation George Takei supports the Building Healthy Communities movement to create One Healthy California. Go Behind the Scenes and watch as he narrates our new video and helps us #ChangeTheOdds.

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Anatomy of A Win

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is focused on place because it is the environments in which we grow up, are educated, and work that determine our health outcomes. It is also where individuals find deep purpose and a sense of belonging. Strong communities are characterized by strong and dense relationship networks. These communities are resilient and can […]

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