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On this page you will find links to news articles, reports and websites related to timely issues affecting Californians’ health, as well as related to our Advancing Wellness grants program. There is also a section with links to what other funders are doing in the field of health and wellness.

Timely Issues

Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care

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U.S. v. Texas Supreme Court case on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans

In November 2014, President Barack Obama announced an executive action that expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (also known as DACA) and created Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (also known as DAPA). The executive action allowed certain immigrant parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as other immigrants who came to this county as children, to apply for work authorization and protection from deportation. Texas and 25 other states sued the federal government to block this executive action; a federal district court judge in Texas ruled in favor of Texas; and a divided panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district’s court order. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the U.S. v. Texas case on April 18, 2016.

Below are resources and news items related to this case.


15 Years After Coming to the U.S. Undocumented, I Became a Lawyer. This Week I Was in the Supreme Court — a blog post by Nora A. Preciado, staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, posted on April 20, 2016.

Antonio’s Story — a video featuring Antonio Campos, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, telling the story of his hopes and dreams for his three daughters in the U.S.

Brief of Amici Curiae California Business, Civic, Educational, and Religious Figures and Institutions Supporting Petitioners for the U.S. v. Texas Supreme Court Case, March 2016 — a legal document submitted by California leaders for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court as it decides whether to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.

DAPA, Expanded DACA, and the Courts What Will 2016 Bring — a webinar presented by the National Immigration Law Center that explains the details of DACA and DAPA and the U.S. v. Texas Supreme Court case.

Dividing Families — a We are mitú Facebook video that tells the story of Sophie, who asked Pope Francis to pray for immigrants due to her fear of being separated from her parents if they are deported.

The Excluded — a collection of photos and profiles of undocumented immigrants who do not qualify for deferred action.

Fight for Families — personal stories of people affected by DACA and DAPA, details about the U.S. v. Texas Supreme Court case, and information on how to show support for unfreezing the executive action.

How to prepare for a decision in U.S. v Texas — a flowchart explaining what the next steps should be after a decision is announced by the Supreme Court.

I Am An Immigrant — videos and photos of immigrants and descendants of immigrants celebrating the strength of a country built by the hands of immigrants.

Immigration Impact — information on how U.S. immigration works; facts about immigration’s history, demographics and relationship to economics, crime and the workplace; and information about reform, enforcement and legal protections.

Just how broad is support to #UnFreezeDAPA in US v Texas? — data on support for DACA and DAPA, as well as amicus briefs and reports presented by National Immigration Law Center.

Shariece — a YouTube video about Shariece, an undocumented woman who came to the U.S. from the Caribbean as a child and describes herself as “invisible.”

This is My American Story — a public education campaign that advocates for immigration reform using videos, stories and public service announcements about the fears children of undocumented parents face.

US v Texas: Explainer Video — a 90-second explanation of why work authorization has become a critical issue in the U.S. v. Texas Supreme Court case.

News Items

Supreme Court decision deals blow to health coverage efforts in California
Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2016

Supreme Court Deadlock Keeps Immigrants’ Health at Risk
Huffington Post, June 24, 2016

Obama’s sweeping immigration reforms blocked in 4-4 supreme court deadlock
The Guardian, June 23, 2016

Immigrants are making their voices heard on eve of Supreme Court ruling on DAPA and DACA
Fusion, June 17, 2016

Dreamers in search of affordable health care
USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism, June 15, 2016

Hundreds of Thousands of Californians Could Gain Health Insurance if Supreme Court Upholds Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration
UC Berkeley Labor Center, June 9, 2016

Valedictorian discloses undocumented status in graduation speech
Mashable, June 9, 2016

Judge Hanen Halts Order That Would Have Revealed Personal Information of DACA Recipients
Immigration Impact, June 7, 2016

Dreamers’ Private Information Safe for Now
National Immigration Law Center, June 7, 2016

NILC Applauds Justice Dept. Effort to Block Extremist Federal Judge Decision
National Immigration Law Center, May 31, 2016

Local Matters: What to do During the DAPA/DACA+ Stalemate
Huffington Post, May 20, 2016

New Short Doc Highlights an Undocumented ‘American Dream’
NBC News, May 2, 2016

What Might Happen in U.S. v. Texas Now That the Supreme Court Has Heard the Oral Argument?
National Immigration Law Center, May, 2016

Black & Undocumented: Caribbean Immigrant's Long Fight for Citizenship
NBC News, April 23, 2016

Undocumented mother pins hopes on high court, then rushes back to work
The Washington Post, April 22, 2016

Inmigración: Madre por DAPA y la expansión de DACA
La Opinion, April 22, 2016

Sophie Cruz Makes Her Tribeca Film Festival Debut In “Free Like The Birds”
America’s Voice, April 22, 2016

Supreme Court is divided over immigration case that affects families
The News Tribune, April 18, 2016

Immigrant Communities and the Health of Our Cities Are Intertwined
Huffpost New York, April 21, 2016

California Drought

Community infrastructure and access to essentials such as clean water can affect people’s health and wellness, especially during California’s severe drought. Below are resources related to this issue, including work from Cal Wellness’ past and current grantees.

Resources contains the latest drought news and water conservation tips from news organizations up and down the state of California.

The Los Angeles Times’ California Drought section includes the latest coverage of the drought in the West, including breaking news and special features.

The California Institute for Water Resources integrates California's research and education programs to foster practical, research-based solutions to water-resource challenges. This organization oversees collaborative research and outreach on water issues across California's academic institutions and with international, federal, state, local and nonprofit communities.

The California Water Foundation attempts to transform the way water is managed in California and seeks to improve the long-term availability of water for the state’s cities, farms and environment. The organization has launched the Drought Action Initiative to address water system weaknesses and hardships that have left residents vulnerable.

Community Water Center helps build strategic, grassroots capacity to address water challenges in small, rural, low-income areas and communities of color.

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water is a statewide coalition of grassroots groups and intermediary organizations that empowers California’s underserved communities, including low-income areas and communities of color, to advocate for clean, safe and affordable water.

A report titled “The Human Right to Water Bill in California: An Implementation Framework for State Agencies,”  published by the International Human Rights Law Clinic of UC Berkeley’s Law School, outlines barriers to, and guiding principles for, implementing AB 685, which aims to ensure universal access to safe water by declaring that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water.”

“Improve Water Quality in Rural Immigrant Communities,” a report by the University of California, Davis’ Center for Poverty Research, underscores how unsafe drinking water is a potential barrier to decreasing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in rural immigrant communities.

The Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center attempts to meet California’s urgent need for timely information and innovative water management solutions. The center connects independent, nonpartisan research to constructive debates on sustainable water usage in California.

Pueblo Unido Community Development Corporation responds to the needs of underserved rural communities of the Eastern Coachella Valley by fostering collaborative efforts among residents and stakeholders to improve the quality of life for its residents. The organization attempts to improve drinking water, sewer and other infrastructures for the many unlicensed mobile home parks in the region.

Save Our Water is a statewide program that provides ideas and motivation for permanently reducing water use and is reaching millions of Californians each year with its water saving tips.

The State Water Resources Control Board’s drought actions webpage features the latest news and information on the use and conservation of water throughout California.

Thirsty for Justice: The struggle for the human right to water” is a video featuring the stories of Californians whose health and wellness have suffered due to inadequate access to safe water and how grassroots campaigns are working to make water access a human right, backed by law.

News Items

Huffington Post, June 8, 2016

The Winter Was Wet, but California Could Get Thirsty Again
The New York Times, May 27, 2016

California Removes Drought Restrictions
Time, May 19, 2016

Students receive bottled water after South L.A. schools report murky tap water
Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2016

500 Families Out of Water in One California Town Hit Hard by Drought
KTLA-TV, November 9, 2015

Why California's Poorest Towns Still Can't Connect to Water
CityLab, October 8, 2015

Before California's Drought, a Century of Disparity
CityLab, October 1, 2015

The Forgotten Students of California’s Drought
The Atlantic, September 10, 2015

Advancing Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act


ACA 411: Tracking Health Reform in California, California HealthCare Foundation — an interactive tool that provides baseline and trend data about health insurance, access to health care and the affordability of health care.

The Affordable Care Act, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — an easy-to-read, comprehensive overview of the Affordable Care Act, including links to obtain coverage.

The Affordable Care Act and Children’s Coverage in California: Our Progress and Our Future — a report by The Children’s Partnership about the health reform advancements made in California and future actions necessary to continue to support a healthy future for all California children.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum: Health Care for Me — educational tools and materials in several languages about the Affordable Care Act and how to get covered.

County Health Coverage Enrollment Efforts for California's Justice-Involved Populations — a report by Californians for Safety and Justice that documents what counties are doing to enroll people in the justice system in health care and the impact it’s having. Hear about challenges and opportunities counties are experiencing and what steps local leaders are taking to increase enrollment.

Covered California — California’s health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

Covered California Update, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network — a website that provides up-to-date news and information about Covered California.

Health Care Reform, New America Media — a compilation of news items about health care reform intended to educate diverse ethnic groups in the U.S., as well as support news outlets with a diversity of ethnic audiences.

Health4AllKids — information about enrolling children in Medi-Cal, including undocumented immigrants.

Peter’s Blog — a blog written by Covered California’s executive director, Peter V. Lee.

Ready, Set, Enroll — a May 2016 brief published by Blue Shield of California Foundation that explores the strategies being used by community health centers to help undocumented children gain health coverage under SB 75.

News Items

Supreme Court decision deals blow to health coverage efforts in California
Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2016

Dreamers in search of affordable health care
USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism, June 15, 2016

Hidden Americans
Proto, June 10, 2016

35 Calif. Counties Expand Healthcare to Undocumented Adults
Public News Service, May 23, 2016

Medicaid Suspension Policies for Incarcerated People: 50-State Map
Families USA, May 2016

Countdown to Medi-Cal expansion for undocumented children
Vida en el Valle, April 28, 2016

New Survey Shows Historic Low for National Rate of Uninsured – California is Biggest Contributor to Huge Reduction
Covered California, November 6, 2015

Strengthening Community Clinics and Safety-Net Partners


Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County — an association of community clinics in the Los Angeles area.

Community Clinic Consortium — an association of community clinics in Contra Costa and Solano counties.

Medical Education Debt Relief, Uncommon Good — an organization that provides loan repayment assistance to help make it easier for health professionals to afford to work in community clinics.

National Association of Community Health Centers — an association that provides a unified voice and a common source for research, information, training and advocacy for community clinics.

Improving Oral Health Care for Low-Income Adults and Seniors


Administration on Aging: Oral Health — a website that provides an overview of oral health issues for older adults, as well as webinars and information about accessing dental care and descriptions of innovative oral health care programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health, Adult Oral Health — a web page that provides fact sheets, journal articles and research related to the oral health of older Americans.

Center for Oral Health — a California-based organization that provides education, research and advocacy related to oral health.

News Items

New Puente dental clinic brings first-time oral care to many
South Coast Stories, June 28, 2106

Access to Dental Care in Medicaid: Spotlight on Nonelderly Adults
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, March 17, 2016

Increasing Diversity in the Health Professions


The Campaign for College Opportunity — an organization that conducts research about barriers to college graduation in California and advocates for reforms to the state’s higher education system.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s Pipeline Programs — programs administered by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science intended to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in health.

FACES for the Future Coalition — a coalition of programs that provide health careers exploration, academic enrichment, supportive services and leadership development for underrepresented minority youth.

News Items

Supreme Court upholds use of affirmative action at universities
Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2016

Community Health Ambassadors Internship Program Students Graduate Physicians Medical Forum Program, June 22, 2016

California’s Pressing Need for Latino and Black Nurses
KQED, November 5, 2015

Fostering Healthy Environments


Building a Community-Based Food System in West Oakland — a report produced by PolicyLink and Mandela Marketplace about the development and management of a community-owned, cooperative grocery store in San Francisco.

California Food Policy Advocates — an organization that advocates for policies in California that will lead to better nutrition for low-income children and families.

ChangeLab Solutions — an interdisciplinary team that researches and drafts model policies — and provides technical assistance — on environmental issues such as land use and transportation planning, childhood obesity prevention, tobacco control, food systems and school environments.

Healthy Food Access Portal — publications, videos, links to local resources and information about funding to help community leaders, government officials, public health advocates and others plan and implement policies and programs to improve access to healthy foods in low-income areas and communities of color.

Klammath Riverkeeper — an example of an organization working on many fronts to improve the environment, specifically by engaging in scientific analysis, monitoring, grassroots outreach, policy advocacy and litigation to protect water quality in California’s Klammath Basin.

National Resources Defense Council, Communities — policy solutions related to increasing the environmental health of underserved communities.

PolicyLink’s Center for Health Equity and Place — a website that provides resources and tools to help communities foster healthy environments.

Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan — a report that outlines goals and strategies that will help build a more prosperous and resilient food system in Santa Barbara County.

News Items

5,300 U.S. water systems are in violation of lead rules
CNN, June 29, 2106

What's in Your Water? Flint and Beyond
National Resources Defense Council, June 28, 2016

Fresno residents now have access to more open green spaces
Vida en el Valle, June 10, 2016

Huffington Post, June 8, 2016

Burned By Slow Government Response To A Polluter, Residents Mistrust Cleanup Efforts
Desmog, May 22, 2016

Students receive bottled water after South L.A. schools report murky tap water
Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2016

County officials look to parcel tax to help L.A.'s park-poor communities
Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2016

L.A. City Council adopts rules to ease health hazards in polluted neighborhoods
Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2016

Slice The Price Of Fruits And Veggies, Save 200,000 Lives?
“The Salt,” National Public Radio, March 2, 2016

Promoting Violence Prevention


20-Plus Years Preventing Violence, Cal Wellness — a collection of resources that provides information, ideas, best practices and lessons learned about what works in violence prevention.

ACEs Too High — a news site that reports on research about adverse childhood experiences, including developments in epidemiology, neurobiology and the biomedical and epigenetic consequences of toxic stress.

Black Jacket — a documentary about a violence prevention curriculum in South Los Angeles that seeks to change the violent mindsets of influential gang members, one person at a time.

Bokeh of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange — a visual narrative in photographs of what it means to be young in America.

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: California Chapters — a group of 28 chapters in California connected with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a policy advocacy organization dedicated to dramatically decreasing the number of deaths by guns.

California Crime Victims' Voices: Findings from the First-Ever Survey of California Crime Victims and Survivors — a report published by Californians for Safety and Justice that lists among key findings that crime victims favor probation and rehabilitation over prisons and jails by a two-to-one margin.

California: Strong Gun Laws Saves Lives — This March 2016 report by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence finds that, as firearm regulations went into effect in California, firearm deaths declined more rapidly in California than in the rest of the United States.

CDC’s Injury Prevention & Control: Division of Violence Prevention — research, reports and recommendations about preventing violence.

Community Safety by Design: Preventing Violence through Land Use — This report, produced by the Prevention Institute in November 2015, explores the nexus of land use and neighborhood safety and analyzes the implications of the current state of practice.

Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence: A Road Map for Safer Communities — This report (published by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Urban Institute and The Joyce Foundation in April 2016) documents that people of color support common sense gun laws and provides a road map for policymakers.

Everytown for Gun Safety — a nationwide, grassroots group that advocates for commonsense gun safety policies and regulations.

Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color — a philanthropic network of nearly 40 national, regional and community foundations working together to invest in pathways to opportunities that enable America’s young men of color to reach their full potential in school, work and life.

Helping Immigrant Clients with Proposition 47 and Other Post-Conviction Legal Options — This toolkit (prepared by Californians for Safety and Justice, Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area) is a guide for legal service providers to explain Proposition 47 and other post-conviction legal options.

The Human Toll of Jail — The Human Toll of Jail is a platform for true stories about and by ordinary people, both those who are or have been caught up in the criminal justice system, and those who work on its front lines.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research — an organization that brings public health perspectives and expertise to the complex policy issues related to gun violence prevention through research, policy analysis and public discourse.

Justice Policy Network — an organization that recruits and trains a diverse group of individuals interested in pursuing and/or advancing careers in the government sector specializing in smart justice reform, which looks at the root causes of crime and the need for comprehensive approaches.

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence — a national law center focused on providing comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention and the promotion of smart gun laws.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Hate Violence in 2014 — a report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs that documents multiyear trends in anti-LGBTQ and HIV-affected hate violence and provides a list of recommended actions for policymakers, government programs and private and public funders.

Lost Youth: A County-by-County Analysis of 2013 California Homicide Victims Ages 10 to 24, Violence Policy Center, November 2015 — a study that ranks California’s counties by their homicide victimization rates for young people ages 10 to 24 and provides detailed figures related to gender, race and ethnicity, weapons, victim-to-offender relationships, circumstances and locations.

National Council on Crime & Delinquency — an organization that promotes just and equitable social systems for individuals, families and communities through research, public policy and practice.

National Network of Hospital-based Violence Prevention Programs — a network of programs that facilitates the sharing of knowledge, development of best practices, collaboration on research and efforts to effect policy change related to hospital-based violence prevention.

National Reentry Resource Center — an organization that provides education, training and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations and corrections institutions working to improve re-entry programs for individuals released from incarceration.

The Prosecution of Youth as Adults — a report that details how “prosecutorial direct file” — a process that allows prosecutors wide discretion in prosecuting youth in adult courts  — leads to more youth of color landing in adult prisons and missing out on the education and rehabilitative services they would have received in juvenile detention.

Rising Up, Speaking Out: Youth Transforming Los Angeles County’s Juvenile Justice System, Children's Defense Fund-California, January 2015 — a policy brief that outlines what works, what does not work and what should be changed in juvenile justice facilities, spotlighting the voices, experiences and ideas of those who have experienced the system.

Roadmap to Reentry — a legal guide for individuals leaving prison and re-entering their communities.

UNTOLD STORIES OF CALIFORNIA CRIME VICTIMS: Research and Recommendations on Repeat Victimization and Rebuilding Lives — a report published Californians for Safety and Justice that details the inadequacy of our knowledge about crime victims in California, barriers to reporting and recovering from crimes, and the risk of repeat victimization when crime victims do not know about or access victims’ services. 

Victims of Crime Act and the Need for Advocacy — a toolkit created by Californians for Safety and Justice for advocates and victims’ services providers to ensure Victims of Crime Act funds reach underserved crime victims.

Women Against Gun Violence — policy advocacy and public awareness resources related to preventing gun violence in Southern California, including a speakers’ bureau that offers presentations for parents, teens, school districts and policymakers.

Youth Today — an independent, nationally distributed newspaper for professionals serving youth, with many articles dedicated to the topic of juvenile justice.

News Items

How A Former Black Panther Is Working To Stop Gang Violence In South L.A.
LAist, June 28, 2016

California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center
California Health Report, June 24, 2016

Pell grants for prisoners: Obama to give inmates a second chance at college
USA Today, June 24, 2016

Standing with Orlando: Philanthropy’s responses to the Pulse nightclub massacre
LGBT Funders, June 2016

Understanding Gun Violence
The New York Times, June 23, 2016

California to fund first public research center on gun violence in the United States
Science, June 17, 2016

The White House’s Pick-Up Artists
The New York Times, June 16, 2016

Gun Violence ‘A Public Health Crisis,’ American Medical Association Says
“The Two-Way,” NPR, June 14, 2016

80 percent of LGBT people killed are minorities
“Take Two,” 89.3 KPCC, June 14, 2016

High-school grad, dancer, accountant among Orlando shooting victims
CNN, June 14, 2016

Compare These Gun Death Rates: The U.S. Is in a Different World
The New York Times, June 13, 2016

How To Help Orlando Shooting Victims And Their Families
Huffington Post, June 13, 2016

Gun violence in America, in 17 maps and charts
Vox, June 12, 2016

Obama’s Full Remarks on Orlando Shooting
The New York Times, June 12, 2016

Orlando nightclub shooting live updates
Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2016

Mass murder in Orlando is the most recent in a horrific parade of violence
Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2016

Deadliest Shooting In U.S. History: Suspect Purchased Guns Legally, ATF Says
The Two-Way, NPR, June 12, 2016

Orlando Nightclub Shooting is Deadliest in US History
ABC7 News, June 12, 2016

The Orlando Massacre: A Reminder of the Dangers LGBT People Live With Every Day
The Huffington Post, June 12, 2016

A radical approach to gun crime: paying people not to kill each other
The Guardian, June 9, 2016

Bold Steps Reform California’s Justice System, Improve Health
Case Foundation’s Be Fearless Spotlight, June 8, 2016

“We will not sit on the sidelines”: John Legend’s proposal for ending mass incarceration
Vox, June 7, 2016

A Weekend in Chicago
The New York Times, June 4, 2016

Economy Tied to Gun Violence in Oakland
NBC Bay Area, June 3, 2016

APHA’s gun violence fact sheet outlines problems, solutions to epidemic
Public Health Newswire, June 3, 2016

Two dead in murder-suicide at UCLA; LAPD says ‘campus is now safe’
Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2016

Campus reopens after apparent murder-suicide, classes cancelled
UCLA Newsroom, June 1, 2016

Since Sandy Hook, a gun has been fired on school grounds nearly once a week.
Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2016

Trauma Recovery Center: Agency has new tool to help victims, June 1, 2016

A Drumbeat of Multiple Shootings, but America Isn’t Listening
The New York Times, May 22, 2016

Should Your Doctor Ask If You Own Guns?
Time, May 17, 2016

Have a check-up? Why your doctor might ask you if you own a gun.
The Washington Post, May 17, 2016

Should Doctors Ask About Gun Ownership?
U.S. News and World Report, May 17, 2016

Doctors can — and should — talk with patients about gun safety
Minn Post, May 17, 2016

Former Inmate Hires Ex-Cons So They Can Get On Positive Path After Prison
Huffpost Good News, May 16, 2016

There’s Nothing Stopping Doctors From Speaking With Their Patients About Guns. But They Rarely Do.
The Trace, May 16, 2016

Campus hosts 1st ever graduation ceremony for formerly incarcerated students
The Daily Californian, May 15, 2016

Labels Like ‘Felon’ Are an Unfair Life Sentence
The New York Times, May 7, 2016

An Update on What We're Doing to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands
The White House, April 29, 2016

How We Can Prepare Incarcerated Parents for Reentry
Talk Poverty, April 29, 2016

By Big Margin, Gun Violence Tops Police Misconduct as ‘Extremely Serious Problem’ Among People of Color
The Trace, April 28, 2016

What Can the U.S. Do About Mass Incarceration?
The Atlantic, April 28, 2016

Obama Administration Seeks to Curb Inmates’ Return to Prison
The New York Times, April 25, 2016

Do Felons Make Good Employees?
“Planet Money,” NPR, April 22, 2016

Gun Homicides in San Bernardino Hit Grim Milestone
The Trace, April 19, 2016

Victims of crime want healing, prevention, recovery (guest commentary)
Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 13, 2016

141 Medical Groups Urge Congress to Restore Funding for Gun Violence Research
The Trace, April 6, 2016

Stanford University, March 25, 2016

Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue: Prevention Should be Funded Accordingly
The Chronicle of Social Change, March 20, 2016

Toxic stress and trauma endanger children
The Bellingham Herald, March 19, 2016

Experts take aim at gun violence as public health issue
USC News, March 15, 2016

Don’t blame Prop. 47 for crime spike
The Sacramento Bee, March 10, 2016

Healing Communities in Crisis: Lifesaving Solutions to the Urban Gun Violence Epidemic
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, March 10, 2016

ADDRESSING THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC: America Has the Will; Philanthropy Can Help Show the Way
Grantmakers In Health, March 2016

Other Cities Emulate Richmond’s Innovative Approach to Ending Gun Violence
KQED News, March 9, 2016

What’s the Solution to Gun Violence in America?
The Atlantic, March 8, 2016

'It appears that no one cares': Report slams Juvenile Hall for filthy conditions and poor leadership
Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2016

Review: Memoirs From Two Eras Testify to Prison’s Corrosive Effect
The New York Times, March 3, 2016

LA County Board of Supes Presses Probation Dept. to Spend Juvenile Justice Dollars
The Chronicle of Social Change, March 2, 2016

Meet The Prisoner On A Crusade To Improve Education Behind Bars
Think Progress, February 24, 2016

L.A. County spends more than $233,000 a year to hold each youth in juvenile lockup
Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2016

Obama: Kalamazoo 'Terrorized by Gun Violence'
Associated Press, February 22, 2016

America’s deadly gun addiction, by the numbers
Wired, February 21, 2016

Poverty and Violence Linked to Childhood Trauma, Poor Health
California Healthline, February 17, 2016

UC Davis professor invests $1.3 million of own earnings into research of mass shootings, gun violence
The California Aggie, January 12, 2016

Obama: We Are Here to Prevent the Next Mass Shooting
NBC News, January 5, 2016

15 Statistics That Tell the Story of Gun Violence This Year
The Trace, December 23, 2015

Increasing Educational Opportunities for Resilient Youth


Bokeh of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange — a visual narrative in photographs of what it means to be young in America.

California College Pathways — a statewide partnership that provides resources and leadership to campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed at community colleges and four-year universities. Areas of expertise include college and career planning, financial aid, housing, campus support programs, and current laws and policies.

California Homeless Youth Project — a research and policy initiative that highlights the challenges faced by unaccompanied young people who are homeless or lack stable housing and features the voices of youth and their recommendations for policy change.

Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success, California Collage Pathways, October 2015 — a report that aggregates data across 31 campuses and demonstrates how former foster youth are faring on a common set of key indicators of access and success in community colleges and universities.

Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color — a philanthropic network of nearly 40 national, regional and community foundations working together to invest in pathways to opportunities that enable America’s young men of color to reach their full potential in school, work and life.

John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes — a statewide organization that works to improve quality of life for foster youth, former foster youth and homeless youth through grantmaking and policy advocacy.

The Reset Foundation — an organization that has developed a replicable model that provides an alternative to incarceration for young people, with its first campus established in 2014 in the Bay Area.

Silicon Valley Children’s Fund — a nonprofit organization that invests in programs to improve the lives of the foster youth in Santa Clara County by advocating for the needs of foster youth, funding pilot programs, monitoring results, measuring success, supporting the expansion of successful programs and holding partners accountable.

We Count, California!: Lessons Learned from Efforts to Improve Youth Inclusion in California's 2015 Point-in-Time Counts, California Homeless Youth Project, September 2015 — a report about lessons learned by the We Count, California! Initiative, which worked to increase the inclusion of youth in the 2015 point-in-time count of homeless individuals.

Youth Today — an independent, nationally distributed newspaper for professionals serving youth.

News Items

12,000 Incarcerated Students to Enroll in Postsecondary Educational and Training Programs Through Education Department's New Second Chance Pell Pilot Program
U.S. Department of Education, June 24, 2016

Montclair Student Who Grew Up Homeless Set To Graduate College With Honors
KABC-TV, June 8, 2016

Hack the Hood Provides Tech Opportunities For Underrepresented Youth
The Chronicle of Social Change, May 23, 2016

Campus hosts 1st ever graduation ceremony for formerly incarcerated students
The Daily Californian, May 15, 2016

Former foster youth defies odds, determined to change the system
PBS News Hour, March 29, 2016

Kern County inmates could get a Bakersfield College degree with help from a new program, March 23, 2016

Promoting Employment and Asset-Building Opportunities


East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy — an alliance of community, labor and faith groups advancing economic, racial and social justice in the East Bay by building an economy based on good jobs and healthy communities.

Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color — a philanthropic network of nearly 40 national, regional and community foundations working together to invest in pathways to opportunities that enable America’s young men of color to reach their full potential in school, work and life.

Michael G. Santos Foundation — an organization that provides a video-based curriculum and resources to help individuals who are re-entering their communities after incarceration.

Swords to Plowshares — an organization that provides employment and training, housing and legal assistance to roughly 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. As well as advocacy and community education.

News Items

The Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment Is Rising
The Atlantic CityLab, May 25, 2016

Former Inmate Hires Ex-Cons So They Can Get On Positive Path After Prison
Huffpost Good News, May 16, 2016

Life After Prison: Ramona Brant
The White House, May 5, 2016

Robert Egger Dreamed of Changing the World Through Music. He Changed It Through Food Instead
LA Weekly, May 4, 2016

How Foundations Helped Us Raise the Minimum Wage in LA
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, May 2, 2016

Bubble Up Economics & How History Will Remember the Fight for $15
Huffpost Politics, April 20, 2016

California’s $15 Minimum Wage: What We Know and Don’t Know
California Budget & Policy Center, April 13, 2016

Jobs to Move America, March 3, 2016

Seizing this moment for Bay Area workers
The San Francisco Foundation, February 18, 2016

A Nonprofit Restaurant in East Oakland Will Aim to Prioritize People Over Profits
East Bay Express, February 16, 2016

Advancing Public Policy


African-American Civic Engagement Project: Building Power in California’s Black Communities — a grassroots movement spearheaded by California Calls to expand civic engagement among African Americans.

Assessing a Foundation’s Contribution to Public-Policy Change: A New Framework — an article published in the March 2016 issue of The Foundation Review that describes the framework used to evaluate the contribution of Cal Wellness and its grantees to public policy change over a 10-year period.

Blazing a Trail: The Fight for Right to Counsel in Detention and Beyond — a report by the National Immigration Law Center that explains why all immigrants should have a right to legal counsel and how barriers can be overcome to ensure that legal representation is available on the full range of legal issues that immigrants may face.

Brief of Amici Curiae California Business, Civic, Educational, and Religious Figures and Institutions Supporting Petitioners for U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 15-274, March 2016 — a legal document submitted by California leaders for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court as it decides whether to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.

California Calls — a statewide alliance of grassroots, community-based organizations that engage, educate and motivate new and infrequent voters among young people, communities of color, and poor and working class neighborhoods so that California’s electorate might better reflect the state’s diverse population.

Engage San Diego — a network of civil rights, social justice, health and environmental organizations using voter engagement and organizing to work toward an electorate that is reflective of the people who live and work in the San Diego area.

Just how broad is support to #UnFreezeDAPA in US v Texas? — data on support for DACA and DAPA, as well as amicus briefs and reports presented by National Immigration Law Center.

Public Health Advocates — an organization that advocates for policies that promote health and eliminate health disparities by transforming neighborhoods into places that nurture well-being.

The Kids Aren't Alright - But They Could Be: The Impact of DAPA on Children, USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, March 11, 2015 — a report on the impact of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents on children.

News Items

Polling on Bay Area Attitudes Shows Desire for Greater Inclusion
The San Francisco Foundation, June 23, 2016

Immigrant Communities and the Health of Our Cities Are Intertwined
Huffpost New York, April 21, 2016

The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters.
The New York Times, April 11, 2016

Where living poor means dying young
The Washington Post, April 11, 2016

Racial Segregation is Making Americans Sick
The Atlantic, March 16, 2016

Strengthening the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector


African American Board Leadership Institute — an organization that strengthens nonprofit, public and private organizations through recruiting, preparing and placing African Americans on a broad range of governing boards.

Americans for Indian Opportunity — an organization that draws upon traditional indigenous philosophies to foster value-based leadership, inspire stakeholder-driven solutions and convene visionary leaders to address contemporary issues and challenges.

California Primary Care Association — an association of community clinics and health centers that provides advocacy, education and services to improve health status in its members’ communities.

Child Refugees & Migrants Coming to the United States: Resources for Philanthropy, Hispanics in Philanthropy — funding recommendations, reports, fact sheets and more to help funders respond effectively to immigrants escaping violence in Mexico and Central America.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues — an organization that seeks to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities by serving as a resource, providing research and convening funders.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations — a membership organization that provides grantmakers with resources and connections to build knowledge and improve their mindsets and practices in areas that are critical to the success of nonprofit organizations.

Next Generation Leaders of Color Program, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services — an annual leadership development program for people of color that builds confidence, management competencies and the ability to manage organizational change.

Nonprofit Finance Fund — a community development financial institution that helps organizations connect money to their missions and supports innovations such as growth capital campaigns, cross-sector economic recovery initiatives and impact investing.

News Items

Health Conversion Foundations: How to Make Them Relevant
Nonprofit Quarterly, June 7, 2016

Ambassadors for Health Equity
Policy Link, June 2016

Philanthropy and Inclusivity: A Longstanding Problem That Must Be Treated as Urgent
Nonprofit Quarterly, April 7, 2016

Promoting Innovation


Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival — a mentorship program that works to preserve indigenous languages with the understanding that the erosion of language and culture can adversely affect mental health and well-being, leading to significant physical health issues.

Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine — an innovative program that uses technology to safely redistribute unused medicine to health facilities and pharmacies.

Wave Academy — an innovative aquatic therapy program serving veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress in San Diego County.

News Items

Stanford University, March 25, 2016

What Other Funders are Doing in the Field

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Blue Shield of California Foundation


California Community Foundation

The California Endowment

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Council on Foundations

Ford Foundation

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Grantmakers In Health

Independent Sector

The James Irvine Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Joyce Foundation

National Network for Safe Communities

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Open Society Foundations


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Surdna Foundation

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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