Region Matters


November 4, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 46     

Hello CRC Community,
Jonathan London
CRC Director
We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters - Because we intend Region Matters to be an asset to our campus and community partners, Please continue to send your requests for inclusion in our newsletter to CRC Info.      

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California Civic Engagement ProjectChronic AbsenteeismEnvironmental Justice Initiative
Healthy Youth/Healthy EnvironmentMaking Youth Data MatterPutting Youth on the Map
Regional Opportunity Index
CRC Spotlight 

The month of October was especially exciting for the CRC as our projects have picked up momentum and we have received great media coverage on our work.


UC Davis Policy Consortium 

In collaboration with UC Center Sacramento, the CRC launched the UC Davis Policy Consortium; a convening of colleagues at UC Davis and throughout the UC system working together as a learning and collaboration network on policy research and engagement.  Look for updates on the consortium programming in the coming months.


CCEP Becomes Go-to Source for Mid-term Elections

Mindy Romero, Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), research on trends in voter registration and turnout has become a go-to resource for the media during this mid-term election season.  Some of her appearances include; a third interview on
KCRA TV news, an article with KQED News: The California Report, and the front page article of last Sunday's San Jose Mercury News.  You can also read her Sacramento Bee op-ed on how we can all help increase voter turnout here. For more of the CCEP media appearances click here.  


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


CRC Regional Opportunity Index Presentations 

The CRC has given presentations on the Regional Opportunity Index (ROI) at the UC Center Sacramento, California Coalition for Rural Housing Summit, San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit and the ESRI International Conferenceon GIS and Health.


Recent Reports, Research, and Resources

Protecting Children from Environmental Risks

In the latest blog post,Healthy Homes: Protecting Children From Environmental Risks by Paula Selzer, an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency, Paula explains how children living in colonias (unincorporated, rural settlements near the Mexican border) are generally more vulnerable to health effects from their environment. Selzer then talks about a grant awarded this year to provide Healthy Homes training directly to parents, child care providers, and community health workers.


EPA Toxic Release Inventory Data

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the latest Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data online.  The EPA has a new website called TRI for Communities where individuals can get information on TRI data for their communities. The EPA also has a tool that will describe the TRI data in both English and Spanish. Learn more about the TRI data and tools here.


The Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit

The University of California, San Francisco Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, a partner of the UC Berkeley Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment, developed a toolkit that fills the need for clinical tools that address the link between the environment and children's health.   The Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit contains materials for healthcare providers and patients on preventing exposures to harmful chemicals and other environmental factors that may affect the health of children.  For more information on the toolkit, click here.


Upcoming Events

The Community Research Lab

Healthy City's Community Research Lab

will be sharing practices and methods for community-based organizations interested in supporting their strategies with research that combines community knowledge and healthy city technology in a three day workshop in San Diego.  

Date: November5-7
Place: San Diego, CA.

Registration is required.


Environments and Societies

The Research Initiative in Environments and Societies is announcing their first event of the quarter: "A History of the Future: Photographing Climate Change in the Delta."  Multimedia artist Edward Morris of The Canary Project will introduce the "History of the Future," a project to photograph landscapes impacted by climate change in different environments.  For more information on the event, click here.

Date: November 5
Time: 4-6pm

Place: 126 Voorhies Hall, UC Davis Campus

Refreshments will be provided.


Urban Habitat

Urban Habitat is holding a celebration for their visionary leader and Urban Habitat founder, Carl Anthony.  They will also be celebrating the start of the next 25 years of advancing environmental, economic, and social justice in the California bay area.   Click here for more information or to register.

Date: November 13
Time: 4-8pm

Place: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA


Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will give the keynote address at next month's National Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference.  The conference will bring together both groups and individuals involved in the growing movement to connect military veterans with careers in agriculture.  For more information or to register, click here.

Date: November 14-15
Place: Drake University Olmsted Center, Des Moines, Iowa


Job/Internship Opportunities 

GloCal Health Fellowship

The University of California Global Health Institute GloCal Health Fellowship is a career development fellowship that provides trainees with outstanding, interdisciplinary education and training in innovative global health research designed to improve health for populations around the world.  For more information or to apply, click here. Deadline: December 1


Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

The Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University is seeking applications for Assistant or Associate Professor in Sociocultural Anthropology or Human Geography.  They are particularly interested in applicants with experience or interest in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research and teaching. Click here for more information. Deadline: November 25


Valley Vision Seeking Employee

Valley Vision seeks a Health Equity Project Manager driven to excel with a passion for the Sacramento Region and the success of all its citizens.  This full time position will support senior leadership in the community engagement process for Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, and the UC Davis Health System, and other high profile health equity-related projects.  For more information, click here.  Deadline: November 7

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.