November is National Native American Heritage Month which celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States. Go here to learn more.

As you begin planning for Thanksgiving, take a moment to pause and learn that many of the stories told about the first Thanksgiving often perpetuate harmful stereotypes and erase the true history of the early encounters between Native communities and colonizers. Read this and explore ways to Decolonize your Thanksgiving, honor The National Day of Mourning and go Beyond Land Acknowledgment this year and into the future!
Meeting with the Office of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher + San Diego Resident Advocates 
Resident Engagement & Advocacy for Health

CA4Health, in collaboration with San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, conducted a series of virtual capacity building sessions engaging nearly 50 residents around local sugary drink taxes. Virtual sessions covered information on health impacts of sugary beverage consumption, examples of current local soda tax initiatives, preemption, and advocacy to influence change. Resident advocates met with City Council and Board of Supervisors in search of a local champion to consider ways community may benefit from a local measure. Throughout the community engagements we focused on uplifting lived experiences to center community voices on current efforts to repeal statewide bans on local sugary drink taxes in California.

Share your voice—how could your community benefit from a local measure?
Record a short video (2mins or less) answering one or more of the following questions:
  • How could revenue from a sugary drink tax be used to support health equity?
  • What is your vision for a healthy and thriving community?

In his final action of the 2021 Legislative Session, Gov. Gavin Newsom took major policy steps addressing climate change, criminal justice reform, and expansion of health care access. There is still a lot of work to address systemic barriers driving inequities. CA lawmakers fell short in other areas such as paid family leave, emergency food assistance, and a proposal to create a statewide Office of Racial Equity to identify and eliminate racism in state policy and address inequality among state programs.

Here are a few of the bills related to health equity and justice that were signed into CA Law:

AB 118 Crises Act will create a pilot program to expand community-based alternatives to police.

AB 1009 Farm to Community Food Hub Program establishes the Farm to Community Food Hub Program to incentivize the creation of food hubs that help local and regional farms distribute their products to public institutions and nonprofits addressing food insecurity.

SB 2 Police Decertification has CA join 46 other states with a statewide decertification process to investigate and revoke or suspend peace officer certification for serious misconduct.

SB 65 California “Momnibus” Act seeks to improve infant and maternal health among Black, Latinx, and Indigenous families by incorporating strategies to close racial and socioeconomic maternal health disparities.

Health4All The final 2021-2022 state budget extends Medi-Cal coverage to all income-eligible Californians ages 50 and above, regardless of immigration status, beginning May 1, 2022.

CA becomes the first state to pass legislation offering free school meals to all students. Learn more here.

CA Legislative Recess—Visit your representative in their district. Here are a few resources and tips
American Public Health Association (APHA) Analysis: Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis shows how localities have taken actionable steps to address racism. 
Equity in The Center’s Race Equity Cycle Pulse Check
Since the Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture publication was released in 2018, Equity in the Center stakeholders have asked for a tool to assess where organizations are on the Race Equity Cycle. The Race Equity Cycle Pulse Check is designed to do so and provide recommendations on next steps and tools to move work toward the next phase. Learn more here.
Join Interrupting Criminalization for a two-day workshop series on their new guide, Defund the Police - Invest in Community Care: A Guide to Alternative Mental Health Crisis Responses. Workshop information here.
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