Central Valley Health Policy Institute
Social Policy & Analysis
Highlights & Features
The four-part webinar series A Decade of Power Building, held throughout November 2023. This series is focused on the work of Fresno Building Healthy Communities and Building Healthy Communities Merced, both of which share a history as sites in the The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative. These webinars consist of four case study presentations that look at leadership development and power building leading up to and throughout the 2010-2020 place-based initiative, and how this work impacted leaders, built power, and even shaped the development of Fresno County’s pandemic response.
Please see the tabs below for presentation dates, details and event information.
Unequal Neighborhoods: Merced
Merced is ranked among the poorest in many regards, poor air quality, lack of employment, poor health, low education and poverty. Decades of policies and neglect have created these conditions, but not for all. While some neighborhoods experienced neglect, other neighborhoods had opportunities created for them through forward-thinking vision and policies.
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The COVID-19 Equity Project is a collaborative effort between the Immigrant Refugee Coalition, the African American Coalition, and the Disabilities Equity Project in Fresno County. The goal of this collaboration is to offer COVID-19 resources and support to all communities across Fresno County.
CVHPI staff are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 science, vaccinations, and testing sites all across Fresno County.
Housing is related to many other social issues facing our Central Valley region. In 2017, Fresno State hosted a conference where community members working on housing prioritized the need for a place to find local data and a way to help them interpret it to help tell their stories and make change. If we can understand the pressure levers and solutions to housing issues, this will help us understand many other issues. For example: preterm birth focus groups revealed that people were most concerned with housing on many levels: from neighbors smoking around pregnant women, being afraid of complaining about health hazards to landlords, stress of rising costs, to neighborhood walkability.
The goal of the Central Valley Housing Data Repository is to build a centralized way to engage community that helps facilitate research and learning.
We do this through three strategies:
- Partner with Community Organizations engaged in Fair Housing Action
- Provide Active Learning Experiences for Students through Partnerships
- Draw on Repository for High-Impact Teaching Practices
This is a 5-year funded project with the support of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with funding from The California Endowment.
To access the Central Valley Housing Data Repository, please click here.
While Fresno is ranked among the poorest in many regards, many have perceived this be the overall plagues of the city: low air quality, little green space, poor health, low education and poverty. Decades of policies and neglect have created these conditions, but not for all. While some neighborhoods experienced neglect, other neighborhoods had opportunities created for them through forward-thinking vision and policies.
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