Region Matters


September 16, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 40   

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director

We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters - Please continue to send your requests for inclusion in our newsletter to CRC Info.    

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CRC Spotlight
Environmentally-Focused Funding Opportunities
Equitable Education Opportunities
Recent Reports, Research, and Resources
Upcoming Events
Employment/Internship Opportunities
About The CRC
CRC Spotlight

Building Healthy Communities Youth Coordinator Gathering

On September 5, CRC faculty, researchers and staff including Nancy Erbstein, Sergio Cuellar and Sheryl-Ann Simpson presented at the Building Healthy Communities Youth Coordinators Gathering hosted by Movement Strategy Center. The CRC provided training on how to use our interactive mapping tools:  Putting Youth on the Map (PYOM) and the Regional Opportunity Index. The CRC also shared updates on PYOM curriculum and workshop series currently being piloted in Coachella, South Sacramento and Stockton, with members of Building Healthy Communities and the Alliance for Boys & Men of Color.


The CCEP at a National Conference for Voting Reform

Last week, Mindy Romero, Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project, presented CCEP research on disparities in California's vote by mail use to a national conference on voting reform held in Colorado. The conference, "Voting Reform: How the West is Winning" was organized by Common Cause and brought together advocates, election officials and other experts from around the country to learn about reforms that are working to increase access for voters.


For the latest on the CCEP's research, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero.



Environmentally-Focused Funding Opportunities

CA EPA Grants

The California Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants are available to help eligible non-profit community groups/organizations and federally recognized tribal governments to address environmental justice issues in areas adversely affected by environmental pollution and hazards. The EJ Small Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Click here for more information.


EPA Air Pollution Monitoring Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results program is seeking applications proposing research on empowering communities and individuals to take action to avoid air pollution exposure by using low-cost portable air pollution sensors. Information on the grant can be found on the EPA website.


Equitable Education Opportunities
Fifth International Conference on Food Studies

The International Advisory Board is currently taking submitted proposals for the Fifth International Conference on Food Studies, held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia in September 2015. Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, focused discussions, or colloquia are invited. In addition to the special focus; "A Cross Roads in Food Studies: Alternative vs Traditional Food Systems and Movements", paper presentations will be grouped into categories for presentation at the conference. More information on the conference can be found here. Deadline: October 7


Recent Reports, Research, and Resources

New Report on Chronic School Absenteeism

California Attorney General Harris' second annual report, In School + On Track 2014, provides important new data on how elementary school students of color and students from low income families are missing a disproportionate amount of school each year. The report also provides a range of recommendations to reduce state truancy and chronic absenteeism rates. These recommendations are reflected in the Every Kid Counts  legislative package which passed through the state legislature and is now under review by Governor Jerry Brown. 


Upcoming Events

The Science Behind Sustainable Communities Strategies Seminar

UC Davis Professor Susan Handy (Department of Environmental Science and Policy and CRC Executive Committee member) will be the first speaker in the Science Behind Sustainable Communities Strategies seminar series. The seminar series, sponsored by the California Air Resources Board, will provide an objective review of the empirical evidence on how effective various transportation and land use strategies are at reducing vehicle miles traveled. This seminar series will outline some of the most promising strategies to help inform development of and potential improvements to the models, tools, and information used by metropolitan planning organizations and local governments.

Date: October 7

Time: 1:30pm
Sierra Hearing Room (2nd Floor, Cal/EPA Building), 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 


Employment/Internship Opportunities

Employment at the Sacramento Unified School District

Student Support & Health Services at Sacramento Unified School Districtis looking to hire a full-time, credentialed School Social Worker. They are looking for someone with an MSW and PPS Credential. More information on this position can be found, here.
About The UC Davis Center for Regional Change

Launched in 2007, the CRC is a catalyst for innovative, collaborative, and action-oriented research. It brings together faculty and students from different disciplines, and builds bridges between university, policy, advocacy, business, philanthropy and other sectors.  The CRC's goal is to support the building of healthy, equitable, prosperous, and sustainable regions in California and beyond.  


Learn more! Visit the CRC website. To contact us directly, email or  call us at (530) 752-3007.