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Advancing Prevention and Equity Together

CA4Health is an inclusive statewide community of practice made up of people and organizations working to advance chronic disease prevention and health equity in California. We do this by creating and supporting opportunities for peer networking, capacity-building, information sharing, and advocacy actions. We believe that increased collaboration, fostering non-traditional partnerships, and tackling tough challenges together will create impactful, lasting change in California.



Building community power is increasingly recognized as a valuable and necessary strategy to improve health justice and racial equity, with both immediate and long-term results. However, there is limited research or documentation of authentic discussions on the definitions, nuances, and front-line measurement of building power. In the fall of 2017, The Praxis Project hosted five learning circles with some of the nation’s most impactful grassroots community organizers to engage in deep reflection and discussion about building and measuring power.

Join this webinar to discuss: 

  • What is community power?

  • How do grassroots organizations build power within their communities?

  • Considerations for evaluating power from a public health approach.

Date: To Be Announced in June/July 2020

Time: 2pm EST / 1pm CST / 12pm MST / 11am PST

2020 North State Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Summit!

Join the Public Health Institute's Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) and its division Northern ACEs Collaborative (NAC) to welcome Californiaʼs first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris as a keynote, along with other notable speakers at the first ever North State Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Summit.

Thu, June 25, 2020

7:30 AM – 4:30 PM PDT



Grassroots organizers recognize the need for civic engagement and community-building to advance health justice and racial equity, as well as the importance of engaging community through a range of approaches. Voter engagement is incredibly important for legislative policy changes, and yet community-building includes many other meaningful strategies that authentically center marginalized voices in civic decision-making.

As we approach the 2020 elections, join this webinar to discuss: 

  • Meaningful strategies for civic engagement beyond voting

  • The role of public health: Advocacy vs. Lobbying vs. Educating

  • Praxis’ tool for community-centered engagement

Date: To Be Announced in September/October 2020

Time: 2pm EST / 1pm CST / 12pm MST / 11am PST


The Praxis Project has organized a set of Principles for Health Justice and Racial Equity to help guide our work in partnership with allies in order to center community interests in the design, promotion, and implementation of policies and initiatives that support justice and equity for everyone. As 2020 wraps up and we look to 2021, it is the perfect opportunity to reflect upon our practices and actions from this past year: Were they aligned with our values?

Join this webinar to discuss: 

  • Praxis’ self-reflection of 2020

  • Indicators and examples: How to know when we see health equity in action

  • The Praxis Principles for Health Justice and Racial Equity self-assessment tool

Date: To Be Announced in December 2020

Time: 2pm EST / 1pm CST / 12pm MST / 11am PST



A Commitment to Equity: CA4Health Equity Principles

CA4Health has been exploring how our program office and members can collectively embody our commitment to health equity. Following PolicyLink’s Equity Summit in April, members of our CA4Health delegation collaborated to craft a set of intentions related to equity that will keep the energy and lessons alive for our network. Our first outcome from these discussions is CA4Health's Guiding Principles for Health Equity and Justice. These principles express our commitment to equity and will inform how we assess what policies and/or actions CA4Health will support.

Accessing Mental Health in the Shadows: How Immigrants in California Struggle to Get Needed Care

In California, there are an estimated 10.3 million immigrants, constituting 27% of the state’s population. 2.9 million are undocumented Californians, nearly a third of the state’s immigrants. California’s immigrants also have diverse and intersectional identities. There are an estimated 250,000 undocumented LGBTQ+ immigrants in California. Among black immigrants in California, 16% are undocumented. Many immigrants have also gone through traumatic and often violent migratory experiences. Coupled with the stigma of and misconceptions about receiving mental health services, these factors put the physical and mental wellbeing of immigrants at particular risk.

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California Food & Farming Network - Food & Farm Scorecard 2018

California’s good food movement continues to make progress creating policy that will support a healthy, just and resilient agriculture and food system. The seventy organizations linked through the California Food and Farming Network and California Food Policy Council tracked twenty-one bills in 2018. Positions were taken on seventeen of them. Through the legislative or budget process, 70% of these bills were either killed or adopted in accord with our position.

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Understanding Marijuana Webinar Series

CA4Health's 3-part webinar series provided key understandings of the effects of marijuana on our health and how to address the long-term residual consequences of its criminalization in our communities. View recordings:

Marijuana and Our Health: What we do and don't know

Marijuana and Communities:  Criminalization, Impact, and Moving Forward

Marijuana and Public Health:  Opportunities for equitable policies and approaches

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