Weekly Updates


July 20, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 25      

Hello Friends,

We are keeping a steady pace this summer with ongoing USDA research and the dissemination of the Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions Research. We are actively looking for other entities that can utilize the research to make regional change.

In addition to this, we continue to update and enhance the main website. We anticipate being able to add the contents of the CRC Resource Library to the website by next week.

The latest information related to regional change awaits you below.

The Center for Regional Change

In This Issue
CRC Activities
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Special Reports on Regional Change
Regional Change in the News


CRC Activities

Youth from Youth Voices for Change
Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions
, a two year study conducted by the Center for Regional Change, released its findings and recommendations on July 14th at a standing room only event attended by leaders from across the region. This study is the first of its kind in the nation that examines youth health and well-being on a regional scale and across multiple issues. Click here for the report and media coverage.


  Sierra Nevada Conservancy Logo

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy
, of which one of our Regional Advisory Committee Members is a part, is taking a final draft of their new Strategic Plan to their Board for review and approval in September. There is a public comment period that ends on July 25th. Your input is invited as the Sierra Nevada constitutes about 25 percent of California's land area and is the state's principal watershed, supplying 65 percent of the developed water supply to residents, agriculture, and businesses/industries across the state. For more information, click here.


Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation is offering funding for research that furthers social change, including language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions.  Click here for details.   



The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); and Greendoor Initiative are co-sponsoring the 2011 Environmental Justice Conference: One Community - One Environment and have issued a call for presentations on environmental justice. The conference will be held on August 23-26, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  Click here for the full description. 

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

The Prince William Sound Science Center is seeking an Executive Director/President for its
PWS Oil Spill Recovery Institute; this is a joint position. This position provides leadership on programs focused in the Arctic and sub-Arctic marine environments and coordinating and expanding the Center's educational programs. Get more information by clicking  here.

The Thrive Foundation for Youth has four open positions in Menlo Park, CA. Positions for an Evaluation Specialist and three Program Specialists have been posted to assist the Foundation in its provision of financial support, tools, and a network of shared expertise for grantees. For more information, click here.   


Urban Habitat, in Oakland, is looking for a Senior Development Director. The position entails: developing, administering, and implementing UH's strategic plan for identifying, cultivating, and procuring funds for UH's programs and operations.  click here for the full announcement.  

Upcoming Events

Transportation Equity Network Logo  

This Thursday, July 21st, at 4pm EST , the Transportation Equity Network will offer the free webinar, "How DC Works". This is the first in a series of monthly educational seminars. Thursday's webinar will demystify the federal decision-making process around transportation. It will help communities connect their local transportation campaigns to federal policy fights. For additional information and to register, click here.


Green Building Art


The Crest Theater will be showing the documentary, "The Greenest Building" on July 25th. The Sacramento Old City Association is hosting the free event which will include a panel discussion afterward. The film explores the ways in which older buildings can be made greener instead of being demolished. Click

here to find out more about this event

Special Reports on Regional Change

In an Agriculture Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives for FY 2012, funding for WIC is $733 million less than FY 2011 levels and far less than what is needed to serve all eligible households. Here is a brief, by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, demonstrates how reduced WIC funding can lead to reduced access and poorer outcomes for all participants. Read the report here.  


Here  is an insightful report on some feasible actions Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, could take to help improve the air pollution crisis in the Valley. it is entitled, "Reducing Air Pollution-Related Adverse Health Effects in the San Joaquin Valley". It was conducted by a team of students at UC Berkeley. 
Regional Change in the News

Valley-specific medical training program will kick off this fall. The University of California at Merced has announced its first group of five students in its medical program for fall, 2011. The new program is intended to address the lack of physicians and health gaps in the San Joaquin Valley.  The students are from Fresno, Fowler, Modesto, Salinas and Bakersfield.   Read more here.  


House Balancing Image    

A demographic analysis of 2010 Census data, done by  the University of Southern California, shows that the net result of the last decade's spectacular boom and bust in the housing market has been a declining rate of home ownership in the state. Get  the full story here.   


Expanding the Circle on Regionalism
A report was released by the Applied Research Center, entitled "Don't Call Them 'Post-Racial': Millennials' Attitudes on Race, Racism, and Key Systems in Society". The report documents the racial attitudes of those born after 1980. Alongside the report, there is also a series of articles on Colorlines.com related to the research. Check out these materials by clicking here.

OrgSpaces.org is a free real estate resource website for Nonprofits in Northern California. Their Free Space Listing feature can connect nonprofits throughout California. One can: access pro bono services, county resources and information on leasing, buying, or managing. It is also an online technical resource project operated by the Northern California Community Loan Fund. Check out their website by clicking here.  

 See all of this information and more on our website: regionalchange.ucdavis.edu. We invite any input on or contributions to these announcements.  Also, if you are interested in providing a post for our blog, please let us know.  To unsubscribe, click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thanks for your time!


Michael Johnson 

UC Davis Center for Regional Change