Community Transformation Education Series 2013. This series is designed to provide free information and education opportunities to all of our Community Transformation Grant Partners as we move forward with this project. We will be introducing different topics ranging from health equity, food security issues, and policy, systems, and environmental change to community engagement practices, social media, social marketing, and more. All of the courses are offered free of charge, unless otherwise specified with a “*”.

 How to Participate: Host a viewing at your organization or with your community. You will need to register for the course, and we can help you with this and other technical assistance you may need. If you decide to take the course on your own, please share the information with other representatives of your organization and let us know that you took the training. Click on the title links below to get started!

If you would like to arrange for your organization or representatives to take a course with the CTG team at the Kern County Public Health Services Department please let us know in advance so we can arrange a room. Let us know by contacting

For Scheduled Eduction Series, upcoming conferences or grant opportunities see Education Series March 2013.

Anna Deveare Smith is known for her pioneering approach to theater through which she gathers stories from a broad range of people and translates those stories into compelling one-woman performances.  Her most recent production, “Let Me Down Easy,” centered on health care.  She talks about her creative process in this interview:


Anna’s new project will be about the school-to-prison pipeline, with a special focus on the overuse of harsh school discipline.   She will be conducting research for the production this summer in California, and is looking for two youth researchers (one from an urban area and one from a rural area) to be part of the process.  These positions are paid and will be for 4-6 weeks.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for youth to work with an artist whom Newsweek magazine called “the most exciting individual in American theater.”     A description of the opportunity is below.   Interested youth should complete this brief online application by March 11:


Please help spread the word through your youth networks!



Mary Lou


Two youth researchers, age 18-24, are needed to support all aspects of California research for the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project led by award-winning playwright, actress and educator Anna Deveare Smith.

Training will take place in late June. This position will be for the month of July with the possibility of extending into August. There will be some travel within California. Candidates must be able to travel via airplane and possess a driver’s license. This is a paid position.

Youth researchers will be responsible for supporting the following tasks:

* Advance work in communities where interviews will take place
* Investigating and pursuing new interview leads
* Archiving documents and interviews
* Administrative and clerical work
* General assistance to the rest of the research team

The ideal candidate will have these qualifications and personal qualities:

* Superior attention to detail
* Excellent interpersonal skills
* Highly organized
* Able to communicate professionally in e-mail, in telephone conversations and during in-person meetings
* Writing skills
* Promptness
* Resilience
* Ability to respond to criticism productively
* Energetic
* Compassionate
* Discreet

This position may be a particularly good fit for someone with:
A background or interest in journalism
First-hand experience with school discipline

We are looking for someone independent, motivated, and mature who is excited to bring a younger perspective to this project. We are seeking one youth researcher from an urban area and one from a rural area of California. This position will be an excellent opportunity for the right person.

Your application must be submitted online before Monday, March 11.



Mary Lou Fulton

Senior Program Manager

The California Endowment



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The Economic Developmetn Work Group will be holding a meeting on February 27th, from 1-3.  The goal of the Economic Development Action Plan, as part of the BHC initiative funded by The California Endowment, is to create a vibrant and diverse economy in South Kern and to support opportunities for the region. The plan focuses on two “transformation” platforms based on heath and food and agriculture systems. We are very excited to report that this includes support for the new Kern County Food Policy Council being led by the Community Action Partnership of Kern, and the development of a health careers pipeline.

For more information or to rsvp, please contact, Applied Development Economics (916-448-2456).  Please rsvp by Feburary 26th

BHC South Kern Strategic Plan Implementation 2-2013

The Kern Education Justice Collaborative (KEJC) will be hosting a community action on School Discipline on Saturday March 2nd, at the Arvin Veterans Hall (414 4th St. Arvin Ca 93203), from 2-4pm. This convention will be so we can continue the dialogue, hear testimonies and decide on a course of action to address this issue.

Let’s spread the word! If you have any questions you can call Call, text, message, tweet, send a note on a pigeon; whatever works for you!


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WE Connect was established by former California First Lady Maria Shriver in 2005 and is now run by The California Endowment. WE Connect empowers lower-income families to utilize resources that can help them lead healthier, more financially secure lives.

You are invited to make one change for 100 days that will improve your health.

Choose one change that will improve you and your family’s health and make that change for 100 days. Begin the challenge on or after January 17th, then join the celebration on April 27th to see how your change has helped create a healthier South Kern!

Todos sabemos que el lugar donde usted vive afecta a su salud-para mejor o para lo peor.

Si su comunidad ofrece alimentos sanos y de calidad, lugares seguros y limpios para jugar y mantenerse activos y, de excelente salud y los servicios de educación, entonces es probable que sean sanos y saludables. Pero, si mala calidad del aire, sustancial de la pobreza, las aceras deterioradas y los parques no, y tiendas que promueven el licor y la comida chatarra en lugar de alimentos nutritivos suena como su comunidad, entonces usted está en riesgo de ser poco saludable.

Construyendo Comunidades Saludables del Sur Kern tiene como objetivo resolver este problema.

The California Endowment se ha asociado con 14 comunidades en todo el estado para mejorar su desarrollo físico, social y económico de los entornos de promoción de la salud general de los niños y las familias para hoy y para que todo el mundo future.When en las bandas de la comunidad para lograr un cambio positivo, que puede construir un lugar donde los jóvenes es seguro, sano y listo para aprender-una donde todo el mundo quiere vivir. Aunque la creación de un verdadero cambio puede ser difícil, sabemos que trabajando juntos en un plan específico, formado y dirigido por nuestra comunidad puede hacer Kern Sur sano, próspero y sostenible!

Invitamos a todo el que vive, trabaja y juega en el Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch y las comunidades de Greenfield a unirse a nosotros y la comunidad en general para establecer una mejor, más saludable del Sur Kern.

Llamamos a nuestras reuniones colectivas la mesa central. Juventud, organismos, organizaciones, empresas locales y todos los residentes del sur de Kern, están invitados a reunirse y tomar decisiones sobre cómo hacer sana Kern Sur una realidad.

Involúcrese en cualquier forma que pueda! Asista a los entrenamientos, reuniones de toda la comunidad y eventos, únete a un equipo de acción o centrarse en una estrategia específica (recreación, salud, medio ambiente, la educación o el desarrollo económico), y registrarse como un socio que se comprometan a la visión y las metas de construcción de comunidades saludables del Sur Kern.

Los residentes, organizaciones y empresas ubicadas en Arvin, Greenfield, Lamont y Weedpatch están trabajando juntos para crear comunidades saludables, donde nuestros hijos y todos nosotros, llevan una vida de productos sanos, seguros y fructíferos un fuerte apoyo para crecer y alcanzar nuestros sueños.

We all know that the place where you live affects your health—for the best or for the worst.

If your community provides healthy, quality foods, safe and clean places to play and be active and, excellent health and education services, then you are likely to be healthy and well. But, if poor air quality, substantial poverty, rundown sidewalks and no parks, and stores that promote liquor and junk food rather than nourishing foods sounds like your community—then you’re at risk for being unhealthy.

Building Healthy Communities South Kern aims to solve this problem.

The California Endowment has teamed up with 14 communities throughout the state to improve their physical, social and economic environments—promoting the overall health of children and families for today and for the future.When everyone in the community bands together to make positive change, we can construct a place where youth is safe, healthy and ready to learn—one where everyone wants to live. Although creating real change can be difficult, we know that working together on a specific plan, formed and led by our community can make South Kern healthy, prosperous and sustainable!

We invite everyone who lives, works and plays in the Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch and Greenfield communities to join with us and the community at-large to establish a better, healthier South Kern.

We call our collective meetings The Central Table. Youth, agencies, organizations, local business and all residents of South Kern are invited to gather and make decisions on how to make healthy South Kern a reality.

Get involved in any way you can! Attend trainings, community-wide meetings and events, join an action team or focus on a specific strategy (recreation, health, environment, education or economic development), and register as a partner to commit to the vision and goals of Building Healthy Communities South Kern.

Residents, organizations and businesses located in Arvin, Greenfield, Lamont and Weedpatch are working together to create healthy communities where our children and all of us lead healthy, safe and fruitful lives—with strong support to grow and achieve our dreams.