Local residents to be featured at The California Endowment statewide celebration

posted Apr 8, 2016, 4:41 PM by Nancy Raskauskas-Coons

Next week, twenty local residents will travel from Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands to Los Angeles for the five-year celebration of Building Healthy Communities’ 10-year initiative to improve community health outcomes in 14 sites across California. The Building Healthy Communities statewide celebration is themed “Community. Power. Justice. A Healthy California for All.”

The California Endowment will honor and celebrate the work done by communities, such as Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands, to improve the health of Californians with a “Progress to Date” keynote speech from Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment; and Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities.

There will also be opportunities to attend numerous sessions and panels on a variety of health and community organizing topics. Several Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands representatives will present to the statewide audience:

• Rachel Marler, BHC Health Career Pathway Coordinator, will co-present with California School-Based Health Alliance and Health Corps, Inc. on “School-Based Wellness: Strategies for Success and Sustainability.”

• Michelle Carrillo, BHC Initiative Director for Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands, will co-present on “Transforming Systems with Youth Power.”

• Alex Fallman and Manuel Saavedra will co-present with fellow BHC youth leaders from Sacramento on the impact of “Voter Engagement” in elections for school board members, district attorneys and other local races that are often decided by hundreds, not thousands of votes each election season.

Finally, a mini-documentary about the local organizing movement and cross-organizational collaborations and agreements that returned cultural burning to Yurok Tribal Lands near Weitchpec will debut at the celebration. 

Building Healthy Communities - Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands plans to hold a local five-year celebration this autumn with reports from project teams including: education, early childhood literacy, food systems, youth and health career pathways.

Want to help change the narrative about what it means to grow up healthy in Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands? For more information on how you can join the movement for a healthier community, visit the BHC website www.bhcconnect.org/health-happens-here/bhcdnatl, call 707-465-1238, follow BHC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bhcdnatl, or stop by the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, 990 Front Street, Crescent City, CA, 95531.