Equity on the Mall

Equity on the Mall 2023

April 26
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
California State Capitol

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Equity on the Mall!

The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, community partners and elected officials gathered for this annual event to highlight the community-driven agenda for the San Joaquin Valley. Together, we created a space for community leaders, nonprofit leaders and elected representatives to come together and talk about what matters to Valley residents. See the agenda below.

In the News

ABC10 news report (ABC10.com)

Amid growing inequity, San Joaquin Valley leaders demand action from Sacramento, Naindeep Singh and Chet P. Hewitt (Calo.org)

El 26 de abril, la California Central se manifestará, unida, por la igualdad racial en las políticas de salud, medio ambiente y vivienda, Dr. Joaquín Arámbula, Asambleísta, Distrito 31 (LaOpinion.com)

Event On Capitol Mall Touts Health Equity (SacObserver.com)

April 26 Agenda

8:30 a.m. — Buses Arrive

9 a.m. — Check-in and Breakfast

10 a.m. — Outdoor Rally Begins

  • Emcee: Eduardo Ramirez Castro, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Blessing and Land Acknowledgement: Maidu Tribe
  • San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Welcome: Reyna Villalobos, Managing Director of Regional Programs, The Center
  • Power and Promise of the San Joaquin Valley: Chet P. Hewitt, CEO, The Center
  • Welcome: Abigail Solis, Central CA Regional Director, External Affairs, Governor’s Office
  • San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Policy Committee Co-Chairs: Noe Paramo, Co-Director Sustainable Rural Communities, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, and Eileen Espejo, Senior Managing Director, Children Now
  • Entertainment: Maquilli Tonatiuh Aztec Dance Group

10:30 a.m. — Community Call to Action

  • Residents: Marciela Sagrero and Benita Vasquez, Fresno
  • Community-based Organizations: Linette Lomeli, Executive Director, Madera Coalition for Community Justice; Noe Garcia, Civic Engagement Coordinator, Dolores Huerta Foundation; and Lauren Babb, Vice President of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

10:45 a.m. — Remarks

  • Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment
  • U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (video)
  • Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula, 31st District
  • Assemblymember Devon Mathis, 33rd District

April 26 Agenda (continued)

11:10 a.m. — Intermission

  • DJ Rock Bottom
  • Cesar Aguirre, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Bakersfield
  • Smoove Drummerz, Jackman Middle School, Sacramento

11:30 a.m. — Briefing: Our Collective Action for Health Equity in the San Joaquin Valley

  • Moderator: Socorro Santillan, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
  • Kaying Hang, President, The Center
  • IHHEEL Policy Subcommittee Co-Chairs/Members Opening Statements: Immigration, Housing, Health, Education, Environmental Justice, Land Use and Planning, Digital Divide
  • Audience Questions and Answers

12:30 p.m. — Lunch and DJ Rock Bottom

1 p.m. — Legislative Visits/Outdoor Activities and Entertainment

  • McCoy Hip Hop Dance Troupe
  • Maidu Tribe Musical Interpretation
  • Drag Show
  • Hummingbird
  • Coon the Poet
  • Clarissa Miranda

2:40 p.m. — Appreciation and Adjourn

  • Reyna Villalobos, San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, Managing Director of Regional Programs, The Center

2:45 p.m. — Board Buses

3 p.m. — Depart