More than 1,500 San Joaquin Valley residents and advocates participated at the second annual Equity on the Mall event, which included a powerful program at the west steps of the California State Capitol with remarks by elected representatives and community leaders, music, spoken word and an equity platform that addresses immigration, health, education, the environment and land-use planning.
Representatives from 71 community partner organizations and 11 supporting foundations heard about the policy priorities of Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (CA-31), learned how to build their capacity to communicate strategically about their work, and shared their experience and expertise through peer exchange and learning sessions.
See a video of Assemblymember Arambula’s presentation.
This convening launched Round 3, with more than 100 San Joaquin Valley Health Fund partners from 69 funded organizations as well as funding partners. Participants networked and found partnership opportunities, and developed S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 11 policy areas to pursue in partnership and implement through the SJVHF Policy
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The first annual Equity on the Mall was an empowering day at the California State Capitol. More than 1,000 residents and advocates from the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund joined state leaders to raise their voices for a “golden state for all”. The day included remarks by elected representatives and community leaders, music, spoken word and an equity platform on issues impacting communities.
Grantee and funding partners met at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center to discuss how communities can be engaged in their own transformation. Partners identified priorities for collective action in the areas of education, equitable land use planning, healthy food, healthy living environments and immigration. Learning sessions included advocacy 101 training, a guide to the county budget process and mock legislative visits.
This convening launched Round 2 and included discussions on building a movement for health and racial equity in schools, legal tips for nonprofit advocacy and engaging in bolder advocacy together. Topics included disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, protecting children from pesticide exposure and data disaggregation. Partners also discussed steps for moving together as a cohort toward a regional policy agenda.
San Joaquin Valley Health Fund grantee partners joined Sierra Health Foundation, the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, the California Legislative Black Caucus and the California Latino Legislative Caucus at the California State Capitol for a policy briefing on Tackling Inequities in the San Joaquin Valley. Presentations addressed accelerating a movement for health equity and regional approaches to advancing equity throughout the San Joaquin Valley. This policy briefing evolved into the first Equity on the Mall event the following year.
Grantee and funding partners met at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center for a discussion on Achieving Civic Engagement in the San Joaquin Valley with guest speakers Mindy Romero, PhD, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, and Karin Wang, Vice President of Programs and Communications at Asian Americans Advancing Justice LA. Partners also heard from the newly formed Policy Committee.
San Joaquin Valley community leaders from 30 nonprofit organizations in eight counties and funding partners came together in Fresno for their first learning and networking opportunity. Partners introduced their organizations and heard an inspiring presentation from social justice advocate Dolores Huerta, Founder and President of the Dolores C. Huerta Foundation.
See highlights and photos from the day in the graphic report.