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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.


California School Based Health Alliance Policy Webinar

California School Based Health Alliance Policy Webinar

Thursday, July 30, 2020 11:00 am PDT

This year has been anything but normal, especially for state policymaking. Join leading education and health care policy makers and advocates who will discuss legislation and administrative reforms impacting school-based health. Some examples presenters will cover include new funding to incentivize school-county partnerships to advance school mental health, interagency efforts between the Department of Education and Health Care Services to support school Medi-Cal, health care reform, and efforts to address the COVID pandemic. Presenters will also share projections for policy changes in 2020 and beyond.
Presenters: Amanda Dickey, Lishaun Francis, and Adrienne Shilton.

California Virtual School Health Advocacy Day

California Virtual School Health Advocacy Day

Wed, August 5, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

School health is more important now than ever so the California School Based Health Alliance is excited to launch their first-ever VIRTUAL Advocacy Day. Tell policymakers in Sacramento about the important work you do to support healthy students and what your communities are facing as schools prepare for the fall.

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


WEBINAR:Recognizing Healing-Centered Community Practices as a Complement to Trauma-Informed Interventions & Services

WEBINAR:Recognizing Healing-Centered Community Practices as a Complement to Trauma-Informed Interventions & Services

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

11:00 AM  12:15 PM


There has been increasing attention towards the need for interventions to address and mitigate the role of trauma in individual and community wellbeing. The list of trauma-informed services and interventions seems to grow by the day. While these service developments are a welcome change from previous methods to improve community health and wellbeing, discussions with basebuilding community partners have uplifted community-centered healing practices that have helped our communities to endure and survive over time, and need to be (re)introduced.

2020 North State ACEs Summit

2020 North State ACEs Summit
Thu, September 17, 2020

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT

Join the Northern ACEs Collaborative (NAC), a division of the Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL), a program of the Public Health Institute, for a memorable ONLINE and VIRTUAL experience at the first North State Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) VIRTUAL Summit on September 17th, 2020!


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



The state has developed a data portal for the public which has COVID-19 statistics by county

California is monitoring COVID-19 closely in each local community and keeping the public informed. They’re teaming up with counties to fight it with every tool they have: current local data, testing, contact tracing, infection control, emergency supplies, containment measures, and more.

Learn more HERE.

Communicating About COVID-19

Berkeley Media Studies Group is creating and compiling resources to help public health advocates, staff in local health departments, and others communicate more effectively about COVID-19 and how it intersects with other important public health issues.

Learn more HERE.

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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