H-REP at the Peace for Families March

Lindsey Salcido, CAHC’s Central Valley Program Coordinator for the Healthy Relationships and Economic Pathways (H-REP) Program, attended the Peace for Families March hosted by one of CAHC’s H-REP partners, Valley Crisis Center, on October 26, 2017. Read about Lindsey’s wonderful experience below!

 

Excited for the event to began, I arrived at the Los Banos Community Center 30 minutes before the start time. To prepare our H-REP booth for the festivities, I carefully draped the H-REP table in a white tablecloth and adorned it with our H-REP banner and logo décor. The table was filled with H-REP water bottles, pens, notepads, and coloring pages—a fun activity for any kids that might visit our booth!

All event participants were instructed by the DJ to walk outside of the event center where we were greeted by an inspiring sight: the sidewalk was lined with over 150 people walking towards the Community Center, holding signs and chanting, “There’s no excuse for domestic abuse, stop the violence!” Those walking stopped at the doors of the Community Center. A few gathered released purple balloons in honor of those freed from domestic violence.

Once the walk was finished, those attending the event entered the Community Center to make their way around to the various booths set up. Valley Crisis Center had a table at the front of the venue full of large baskets brimming with raffle prizes. One special guest speaker, herself a survivor of domestic abuse, shared her testimony of how she had been involved in a violent relationship where she lacked the freedom to even use the restroom on her own. She went on to share how our partner organization, Valley Crisis Center, helped her free herself from the domestic violence.

Monica Rocha, the tech instructor at Merced County Office of Education, joined me at the H-REP booth where we asked those passing by to describe what a healthy relationship looks like to them. Many of the youth shouted out things like “Trust!” and “Loyalty!” Other common answers included “having a job” and “getting along.” Monica shared with the youth that healthy relationships are not just between spouses or romatic partners, but also with our siblings, parents, and coworkers. One younger boy attending had a broken arm. I asked him how he had broken his arm and he shared that he had gotten into a fight with his brother. After speaking with us further, he confirmed that he needs help with a healthy relationship with his brother.

Much to my delight, children and adults both gathered to color the H-REP logo and ask questions about the program. After their questions were answered, they filled their reusable bags provided by Valley Crisis Center with H-REP pens and water bottles. The event was an amazing opportunity to spread the good news about H-REP and mingle with the Los Banos community. The turnout was great and I look forward to bringing H-REP back to Los Banos! 

2017 APHA CAHC Presentation Announcement

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Dear Colleagues, 

Join me for APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta where my colleagues, Robert E. Lee, CAHC's wonderful Curriculum Specialist and Program Manager, Dr. Aisha Mays, Director of Roots Adolescent Health Clinic, Stephannie Ratcliff and Dr. Colette Auerswald from UC Berkeley, will be presenting our research. APHA’s Annual Meeting serves as the home for public health professionals to convene, learn, network and engage with peers. More than 1,000 cutting-edge scientific sessions will be presented including, mine. The meeting also includes an exhibit hall with more than 600 booths of products, services and information, as well as countless networking opportunities. I hope you can attend the meeting to view my presentation and so much more! 

Our presentation, titled "Healthy Relationships and Economic Pathways: How a cross-regional partnership is increasing adolescent efficacy for long-term healthy relationship and economic sustainability in California's Central Valley" is scheduled for session 3392.0, Positive Youth Development and Empowering/Training Youth to be Change Agents on Monday, November 6, 2017 which starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information, view my session online.

Another presentation is titled: "Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth’s Perspectives on their Strengths and Health Needs: A Photovoice Project." Our poster is titled: "YEH (Youth, Empowerment, Health): The more you know! A comprehensive education program to improve the sexual and reproductive health of commercially sexually exploited youth" This presentation will be on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. For more information, view this session online.

For general information about the APHA Annual Meeting or to find out about other sessions and presentations visit the Annual Meeting home page.

For a listing of all of PHI's presentations, go here.

I hope you can attend my presentation as I join APHA in exploring the latest public health practices and challenges. 

Sincerely, 

Alison Chopel

YMR Conclusion Celebration!

After three years of planning and conducting research with young mothers on the disparity in breastfeeding rates between young and older mothers here in the Bay Area, we hosted a celebration to share our findings with the community that was a great success! We had community members from all over the Bay come out to check out what we’ve been up to these past three years. First, we indulged in some delicious Mediterranean food from Oasis Grill. Shout out to them for all those great flavors they brought to the table! Next, we did a little mix and mingling before we jumped into the presentation of our findings. Thanks to the Domain Apartments right across from Preservation Park for providing an open and laid-back atmosphere for our event! The heart of the event was our presentation which was presented by our research team and Co-PI’s. Each presenter did a great job presenting the pieces to the puzzle in a way that was engaging and grabbed the audience’s attention. Awards and beautiful flowers were presented to everyone on the research team and our wonderful volunteer Advisory Committee as a thank you for the time and hard work they put into this project. Last but not least, we had fun playing a game called “Multi-tasking Mama” - it was indeed a great way to end the night! 

 

Stand up for Dreamers

Nearly 200,000 of the 800,000 Dreamers, or young people that are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, live in California.

Ending DACA is counter to what we at the California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC) value and so CAHC stands alongside DACA Dreamers and all immigrant communities as this program is under attack. As an organization that promotes and advocates for the rights of our state's most vulnerable youth, CAHC is deeply concerned with the impacts ending DACA will have on Dreamers and their families - their access to health care, education and jobs, all critical to the health and wellness of young people and their communities, would be impacted and this is unacceptable. 

The criminalization and deportation of young people that had no choice in the matter when it came to their arrival in the U.S. (the average age of Dreamers when they arrived is six years old), and have known no other country besides the U.S., is unconscionable. We must continue to fight for our nation’s most vulnerable populations in the same way we did when the Affordable Care Act came under attack. 

Mary Pittman, CEO of the Public Health Institute, describes the criminalization of undocumented immigrants as a public health issue. Please check out her full statement on the PHI website:

"America is a nation of immigrants, and the Public Health Institute stands with each of them, regardless of immigration status. PHI decries, in the strongest of terms, the federal administration’s misguided call to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program."