Weekly Updates


September 14, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 33            

Hello Friends,

Our year has officially kicked off a little ahead of the academic year. We are focusing our energies now on releasing not only the data from Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions, but also ownership of the findings so that stakeholders can lay claim to those findings and their implications in this region and beyond.

We are also dedicating ourselves to locating more potential friends and colleagues and finding ways in which those who wish to support us in our mission can be of the greatest value in our efforts. If you have suggestions, want to be involved in the work that we do, or generally support the CRC, please don't hesitate to let us know!

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Below, you will find relevant: news, resources, opportunities, and events in the regions we serve and beyond.


The Center for Regional Change

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

CRC Activities

As we continue to introduce the findings of the Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions researched released earlier this summer, we now find ourselves increasingly utilizing the legislative prong of our overall strategy and specifically engaging local public officials in the conversation about youth well-being on the regional scale.

Mapping Regional Change Banner

After a successful launch of our mapping website, we continue to update it. Currently, the site provides access to hundreds of maps developed by the CRC; they illustrate a wide array of indicators of regional well-being, including education, economic status, health, employment, civic engagement and youth development. Check out the site by clicking here.

Two of our partners have announcements: Joyce Gutstein, CRC Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Member is involved once again in a campus seminar dedicated to helping students  translate research to those outside of academia (see "Upcoming Events" section). Also, Charles Mason, founder of Ubuntu Green and RAC Member is hiring for a position (see "Jobs and Financial Opportunities" section).

Special Reports on Regional Change
Air Pollution: pollution-environmental.info
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released its 2011 Annual Research Plan.
This plan describes proposed research concepts for funding and the ARB is tasked with giving advice and recommendations on all air pollution research projects proposed for funding. Members of the public are encouraged to read the report and share comments with the board. 
Click here for the report and contact information.   
Regional Change in the New

The housing bust affected people of all races, but it hit the Sacramento Region's African-American and Latino populations hardest of all, causing minority homeownership rates to fall to their lowest level in decades according to new Census 2010 data. Get the complete story by clicking here. 


California's poverty rate is the highest it has been in more than a decade. California's poor now outnumber the populations of 33 states and 90 nations - and counting. The state's poverty rate now stands at 16.3 percent and household incomes have plunged by 5 percent, according to census figures released recently.  Click here to learn more.


Auto Exhaust Green: ehow.com

State regulators have approved an auto insurance policy that rewards car owners for driving less and potentially emitting fewer pollutants into the atmosphere. The new program, called SAVE, will go on sale in January by the 4th insurance company to offer it. Motorists will be charged only for the number of miles they

drive. Read the rest of this story here.   


Construction of Mutual Housing at the Highlands has just been completed. Eight years in the making, the nonprofit's staff expects it to be Sacramento/Yolo Mutual Housing Association's first green-certified multifamily development. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Events
You are invited to the Second International Conference on Urban and Extraurban Studies in Prato, Italy. In a process-oriented world of movement, the global north and global south now simultaneously converge and diverge in a dialectic that shapes and transforms cities, suburbs, and rural areas. This conference addresses the nature and mapping of these forces and the dynamics that propel these changes. For more event details, please click here.

Literacy Image: dreamstime.com 

On behalf of the California Emerging Technology Fund and the California Technology Agency, you are invited to attend the iCALIFORNIA Digital Literacy Campaign Leadership Breakfast on September 20th. The initiative aims to engage the public, civic, and private sector leaders in advancing digital skills and competencies for all Californians. Get more event information by clicking here.      


UC Davis graduate students are encouraged to enroll in Geography 298, "Translating Research Beyond Academia" this Fall Quarter.   The seminar features guest speakers and hands-on exercises led by campus and regional experts in education and community outreach.  Participants will learn to use education outreach strategies to communicate and achieve broader impacts with the public. The seminar will be held on Thursdays from 1:10-3:30 For more information about this course, click here.   


California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. invites you to attend the CRLA Rural Justice Forum on farmworker housing conditions and related health disparities. It will focus on the need for decent farmworker housing, community services and other human rights. The forum will be held on Tuesday, October 4th at the Sierra Health Foundation in Sacramento. For more, click here.  

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting proposals for Round 8 of its Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million grant initiative designed to encourage innovation in global health and development research.  The program provides initial grants of $100,000 to scientists, inventors, and

entrepreneurs from around the world who are pursuing unconventional ideas that could transform health and agricultural development in the world's poorest countries.Click here for more details about this opportunity. 


Climate change Cartoon: keepbanderabeautiful.org 

A Funding Opportunity Announcement has been issued for Climate Change and Health: Assessing and Modeling Population Vulnerability to Climate Change" by the NIEHS.The ultimate goal of this research program is to help inform climate change adaptation and public health interventions to reduce current and future vulnerability of various populations to the health effects of climate change. Click here for the full description and to get bidder's conference dates.     

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

Ubuntu Green: Ubuntugreen.org 

Ubuntu Green is hiring for a Research Associate in Sacramento. The Ubuntu Green Community Advocacy and Engagement Institute (CAEI) Research Associate will work with the Healthy Land Use Engagement project by providing programmatic support, leading an environmental justice power mapping process and assisting with the planning of community engagement and visioning sessions. Get more position information by clicking here. 


Narika, in Alameda County, seeks a Domestic Violence Client Advocate to  provide effective, culturally specific domestic violence services to victims of domestic violence and trafficking. For more information, click here. 


Jumpstart is seeking a Development Manager for their San Francisco office. Jumpstart is a national early

education organization that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Click

here for the full announcement.


Full-time Executive Director position open at ScholarMatch in San Francisco. The ideal candidate will manage and provide leadership for, and ultimately be responsible for the financial health and well-being of the organization.  For more information, click 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