It’s no surprise that youth living in poverty experience both a significantly higher risk of academic struggles and higher drop-out rates. However, simply participating in an after-school program drastically changes the odds in favor of these students, leading to a higher rate of academic success. A shining example of an afterschool program working to help […]
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For far too long, our poorest residents have had their futures decided by a limited number of people who have held power in our communities. But since 2010, our Building Healthy Communities effort has demonstrated countless times that empowering residents to get involved in the decisions impacting their lives, not only changes the odds, but […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.