Region Matters


 August 5th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 41                    

Dear Community, 

Thank you for joining us this week! We value your continued support and partnership. Please read on to learn about some of the exciting work that is happening with the CRC!

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In This Issue
CRC Impact
CRC Innovations
CRC Spotlight
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
CRC Impact

The California Report Looks at Coachella Youth and Academics as They Team Up to Document Environmental Hazards  

Desert Mobile Home Park, near Thermal, CA, in the heart of eastern Coachella Valley. (Lisa Morehouse/KQED)
Desert Mobile Home Park, near Thermal, CA, in the heart of eastern Coachella Valley. (Lisa Morehouse/KQED)

Reporter Lisa Morehouse with The California Report covers the recent story of youth involvement in documenting environmental hazards in the Eastern Coachella Valley. CRC Director Jonathan London is inteviewed in her report: London states the his group's study provided the hard data that essentially backed up the students' video, "using the academic legitimacy that speaks to public agencies, but really they were by far the most legitimate spokespeople there, because they have the most to lose."

To download the full episode from The California Report, click here.

To read the full CRC study Revealing the Invisible Coachella Valley, click here.



CRC Awarded TWCF Grant for Environmental Justice Work


The CRC was recently awarded a 2-year grant from The California Wellness Foundation to further the Center's support of environmental justice policy and advocacy in California -- with an emphasis on the Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Coachella Valley regions. In the next several weeks,cal wellness logo    the CRC will convene an advisory group to help develop a strategy that best meets the diverse needs of our partners. For more information, please contact Beth Bourne, CRC Program and Operations Manager at or 530.752.3007.


CRC Innovations


nancyerbstein CRC Faculty Affiliate Nancy Erbstein recently published an article entitled "Engaging underrepresented youth populations in community youth development: Tapping social capital as a critical resource" in New Directions for Youth Development. The article looks at the key elements in creating the types of safe, supportive, and meaningful settings that promote young people's ongoing participation and leadership were intentionality and commitment; local knowledge of vulnerable populations; adult allies with key capacities; meaningful focus; resources for intensive outreach, relationship building, and youth support; and continuity of key adults.

For access to this article, click here.

CRC Spotlight 

CRC Regional Advisory Committee member Meea Kang, DOMUS Development Meea Kang

President and SHA Board Member was recently recognized for her innovation and leadership in affordable housing by the Sacramento Business Journal in their series "Women Who Mean Business 2013".


To read the story and view the video, click here.


Regional Change in the News

Heat Index in Migrant Farmworker Housing: Implications for Rest and Recovery From Work-Related Heat Stress

An article in the American Journal of Public Health by Sara A. Quandt, with the Department of Epidemiology, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, et. al., finds that although the health risk to farmworkers of working in hot conditions is recognized, potential for excessive heat exposure in housing affecting rest and recovery has been ignored. Findings are policies to reduce heat indexes in farmworker housing should be developed.

To read the article, click here.

 Upcoming Events

Exploring the Intersection of Community Development and Health

Audioconference: Tuesday, August 13 from 11:00 AM- 12:15 PM

This session, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will explore this idea and offer several examples of successful partnerships between the community development and health sectors. It will also discuss how federal policies, such as the Affordable Care Act and the nonprofit hospital Community Benefit obligation, may create opportunities for collaboration in the future.

Click here to register and learn more about the Federal Reserve's Healthy Communities initiative.


Affording our Future: Strategies for Smart Growth in a Profit-Driven World

Thursday, September 5th in Clovis and Fresno

The cities of Clovis and Fresno along with the Local Government Commission host two timely events on the issue of aligning sustainable growth patterns with sustainable budgets. The workshops will explore the latest tools and thinking on measuring the fiscal impacts of different growth scenarios as well as the challenges and opportunities communities face in facilitating the type of development that provides long-term fiscal stability.

For more details and information on how to register, visit the event webpage here.

Bruce Katz Book Release and Discussion at the Alumni House, University of California katz Berkeley on September 19, 2013, noon to 2pm


Save the date to hear Bruce Katz discuss his recent book, The Metropolitan Revolution, with a panel of national experts. His book The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy, highlights these urban American success stories and the people behind them in order to share lessons and catalyze action.

To register for this free event, including light lunch, click here.