Region Matters


February 25, 2014  Vol. 4, Issue 13    

CRC Friends and Colleagues,

We hope your week got off to a great start! Please read on to learn about the exciting things that are happening at the CRC and throughout the region. An as always, please let us know if you would like to see something featured in an upcoming Region Matters.

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In This Issue
CRC News and Announcements
CRC Upcoming Events
Regionally Relevant News
Regionally Relevant Spring 2014 Courses
Job Opportunities
CRC News and Announcements

Putting Youth On the Map (PYOM) Presentations


This week CRC affiliates had several opportunities to share PYOM, our interactive youth data-mapping website.

  • Researchers and staff with UC ANR's Youth, Families and Communities Program began developing strategies to use PYOM in their work with county-based decision-makers and youth leaders.
  • UC Davis graduate students in Community Development and a youth discussant panel presented PYOM analyses to elected officials and agency leaders from throughout Yolo County, informing next steps in their collaboration.
  • Young leaders and their adult allies at a Building Healthy Communities and Sons and Brothers Leadership Retreat learned about using PYOM and youth-generated data to support advocacy and offered feedback on a new and improved demo-site (launching soon with a more user-friendly interface and updated analyses disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex and community-type).

Look out for a Spring announcement of our upgraded site. Please contact Sergio Cuellar ( with any questions.



Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments Spotlight


Researchers across UC Davis and UC ANR focus on how to create healthy, equitable environments with and for young people. The Center for Regional Change is pleased to be a partner on HY/HE. For the next year, HY/HE will highlight the work of one person each month. To learn about others, please click here to see the searchable database.

February's spotlight features Adela de la Torre, Professor in the UC Davis Department of Chicano/a Studies and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UC Davis.


Dr. Adela de la Torre's publications and research primarily focus on social determinants of Chicano/Latino health issues, including border and binational health. Her NIH funded work, which is investigates educational disparities among science students who are English Language Learners, has implications for youth development. Dr. De la Torre has developed university and school-based partnerships to tackle this growing educational divide. Recently, she was awarded a $4.8 million USDA NIFA grant to study and address childhood obesity issues within Mexican-origin communities in San Joaquin Valley and Firebaugh. This is a ground-breaking longitudinal study that brings together an interdisciplinary team from UC Davis to research obesity in the Central Valley.

For more information on Dr. Adela de la Torre's work, visit the Center for Transnational Health Website.



CRC Upcoming Events
mrCRC's Mindy Romero to Present at Future of California Elections 2014 Conference


On March 3rd, CCEP Director, Mindy Romero, will present findings from the CCEP's new study, in partnership with the Future of California Elections: Examining California's Vote-By-Mail Ballots.


Date: March 3, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Place: The California Endowment, 1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Please click here for more information and to register.


 Regionally Relevant News

CCREC New Website Launch


Check out the new and improved website for the UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC).


Click here to see the new site!



 Regionally Relevant Spring 2014 Courses

Media Innovation and Community Development (CRD 249)


Instructor: Jesse Drew, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Cinema and Technocultural Studies

Faculty Affiliate, Graduate Group in Community and Regional Development

Faculty Affiliate, Graduate Group in Performance Studies


This new UC Davis Community Development Graduate Class for Spring 2014 will investigate the pivotal role played by innovative media in accelerating social change and enhancing community social and economic life in an era of disappearing traditional media. This course will provide an understanding of the central issues involving new forms of media through focused discussions on selected books, articles, on-line sites and guest speakers. The course will focus on historical, practical and theoretical issues involving media in community organizing, social justice movements, democracy initiatives, and economic justice.


Community Based Research: Lessons Learned from a Health Intervention in California's Agricultural Communities (NUT 298)


Instructor: Yvette Flores, Ph.D, Chicano Studies;

With Instruction from: Adela de la Torre, Ph.D, Chicano Studies; Lucia Kaiser, Ph.D, Nutritional Biology; Banafsheh Sadehi, MD, Ph.D, UCD Medical Center; Sara Schaager, Ph.D, Foods for Health Institute


Open to all UC Davis Graduate students, this Spring 2014 course guides students through the use of community-based participatory research (CBPR) theory and practice relevant to culturally nuanced communities. It draws on CBPR approach from ongoing USVA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)-funded project Niņos Sanos, Familia Sana in California's Mexican-origin communities, but transferable to communities around the world.



Job Opportunities

4-H Youth Development Advisor

County Locations: Fresno County, Kings County, Tulare County


The UC Cooperative Extension Youth Development Advisor will facilitate interactions and information exchange among campus-based academics, UCCE advisors and community stakeholders. Focus is expected to be directed on the development, implementation, expansion, and evaluation of youth development programs in each county, strengthening local 4-H programming through academic leadership to 4-H program staff and volunteers. This position is also responsible for assessing local youth needs, and taking leadership in developing applied research projects and appropriate programs to empower youth and address issues important to youth and communities. The advisor will also provide leadership and expertise in youth development to other youth-oriented programs in the counties, and is responsible for maintaining communication for program administration, management and reporting requirements with the county directors and state youth development staff.


Position closes March 21, 2014.


Click here to view entire job posting.


 4-H Youth Development Advisor

County Locations: San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County


The UC Cooperative Extension 4-H YD advisor will facilitate interactions and information exchange among campus-based academics, CE advisors and community stakeholders. The advisor will focus on strengthening local 4-H programming through academic leadership to 4-H program staff and volunteers and through conducting applied research by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders. Engaging and empowering youth in education and research projects will be critical to insure youth issues are addressed and youth reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. The advisor will also conduct resource development activities to expand programming. The advisor will provide leadership and expertise in youth development to other youth oriented programs in both counties.


Position closes March 21, 2014


Click here to view entire job posting.