Weekly Updates


May 2nd, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 18                            

Hello Friends!
You'll find in our "Special Reports on Regional Change" section an interesting resource which interactively depicts the effects of education and wealth on our health.  

The site is simple, easy to understand, and uses hypotheticals to describe the effects of change in a community.  Additionally, it calculates the amount of money saved by decreasing the risk of diabetes and other diseases.  Use the sliders to find out the numbers behind your county, and take a look at others to compare how important education and economics are when determining health. 


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


Be on the lookout for the very busy Professor Chis Benner as a featured speaker at an event at the UC Davis Humanities Institute next Wednesday;  Entitled, "Is California The Great Exception?".  The event will address climate change through legislation.  

Fresh from his book release (Just Growth) and still standing at the helm of our SACOG project,  Prof. Benner  also participated as a keynote speaker at the Sacramento Regional Equity Summit last week.  Here is a photo of RAC member Carl Anthony introducing Professor Benner at the summit.  
Regional Change in the News


Plans to open an affordable and green living complex for agricultural workers has been approved in Woodland.  C

alled Spring Lake, the 101-unit complex has received a seizable grant from the Yocha Dehe Community Fund.  Around 5,000 agricultural workers in Yolo County currently need housing.  Read the entire story here.  


In an effort to address the issue of environmental pollution, a reporting system called Kern Environmental Enforcement Network, will allow residents to easily contact officials to report problems.  The system allows residents to report environmental hazards in English or Spanish via website, texting, voicemail or email. Read more about the project here.


 As questions arise about the safety of genetically modified crops, Californians are set to vote on a ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Click here to read about the pros and cons of genetically modified crops, and what organic farmers are saying.   


 Events part of Climate Action Day are planned to take place in both Sacramento and Davis this Saturday.  Activists hope to highlight the increased potential for flooding in the region due to climate change.  Read what organizers are planning for the day.  

Special Reports on Regional Change


County Health Calculator is an interactive app developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Virginia Commonwealth University's Center on Human Needs. The tool uses education and income to illustrate how factors outside the health care system may affect our health.  

You can sort by state or county, and drag the sliders to see how many lives would be saved by increasing education or higher income.


In the United States, 121,750 lives could be saved if 10% more people had some college education. 


Upcoming Events
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Presents a Driven Evaluation in the UC Davis Schools of Health. Join Julie Rainwater, PhD., on Monday, May 7 as part of the monthly seminar Series Program. Learn more about the event here
From May 22nd to the 24th, The Tahoe Science Consortium and Sierra Nevada College will host the 2012 Tahoe Science Conference.  The theme of the 2012 event is "Environmental Restoration in a Changing Climate." The event is organized into three tracks: science, management and visualization. Find about more here


As part of more than $122 million in government funding given to California health centers, three community centers in the central San Joaquin Valley have received $10.3 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to build new centers and expand an old one.  Find out the details here

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Delta Science Fellows Program will sponsor up to 11 fellowships in 2012 for pre-doctoral students (approximately 4-6) and postdoctoral researchers (approximately 4-5) in disciplines of environmental science, engineering, and social and political science with natural resources focusing on water quality and its impact on health.  Read more here



The ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability has put out a call for papers. You can submit a proposal for an in-person presentation, a non-attending presentation, a workshop, or poster presentation.  Find out much more here.   

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The Sierra Health Foundation is hiring a Program Assistant to assist with the grant making process, including preparing and tracking correspondence and proposals.  Read more here.

The Sustainable Sourcing Project Team seeks a Postdoctoral/MPP/MBA student researcher to help design and lead stakeholder engagement activities . Read the full description here

The Fresno State Central Valley Health Policy Institute is still taking applications for their Health Policy Leadership Program.  Click here to learn what it's all about.  

IFC Jones and Stokes has multiple openings for careers in environmental impact and climate change.  Entry level and senior-level positions are available.  Read more here