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Every Vote Counts

Voting day has passed. Communities turned out to vote in record numbers – from mail-in voting, to early in-person voting, to day-of voting. Many institutions…

November 5, 2020

Gun Violence Prevention as an Integral Part of Community Revitalization

Economic development and neighborhood safety cannot succeed unless gun violence is addressed in communities.

September 15, 2020

My Parents Were Essential Workers — And They Were Treated Like It

Joe Lumarda, Board Chair This piece originally appeared in The Los Angeles Times on August 23, 2020. Cal Wellness Board Chair Joe Lumarda in…

September 2, 2020

In This Moment, We Must Be More Than Allies

This piece originally appeared on on July 22, 2020. I have spent the last few weeks and months feeling overwhelmed, angry, and —…

July 29, 2020

Why the Curb-Cut Effect is Key to Beating COVID-19

  This piece was originally published on July 1, 2020, on PolicyLink’s website. (Download the full blog…

July 13, 2020

Healing Self, Communities, Generations

Photo by Nedra Ginwright, Flourish Agenda. Cal Wellness grantee Flourish Agenda offers services for youth and youth-focused professionals.   I am a community servant. But…

July 13, 2020

Perpetual Wounds

This is excerpted from Alex M. Johnson’s piece originally published at I was nine when I was…

June 3, 2020

COVID-19, Race and the Road Ahead

Richard Tate (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)   This isn’t the 2020 any of us predicted. COVID-19 is wreaking havoc across our state, our country, and the…

May 14, 2020

It’s No Surprise Black and Brown Communities Are Hit Hard by COVID-19

Judy Belk This piece was originally published in the Los Angeles Times. At age 26, recently engaged and about to start my first grown-up…

April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Digest: Updates from Cal Wellness

Produced by Sandra J. Martínez, Director of Public Policy This ongoing digest summarizes developments in policies and public-health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic,…

March 20, 2020
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