Region Matters


December 16, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 51     


Greetings, CRC Community:

Jonathan K. London, Ph.D.

CRC Director

This is our last issue of Region Matters for 2014 and therefore, we would like to thank you for your readership and partnership with the CRC as we work to produce research that matters for regions. Cheers to a New Year full of health, happiness, peace, and justice for all!

(CRC Staff Members and Affiliates L-R: Sergio Cuellar, Luis Guarnizo, Krystyna von Henneberg, Chris Benner, Diane Godard, Dave Campbell, Shrayas Jatkar, Bill Lacy, Jonathan London, Valerie Chiappone, Mindy Romero)

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Regional Opportunity Index
CRC Spotlight 

CRC Webinar on the Regional Opportunity Index

For those who missed the CRC's webinar on the launch of the state-wide version of the Regional Opportunity Index, please email the CRC to request an e-copy of the webinar. The CRC is pleased to partner with the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy  as the host of this webinar.


CRC Search for Programs Manager 

The CRC is seeking a talented Programs Manager (Req. #03013344) committed to our mission of producing innovative research to build healthy, prosperous, sustainable and equitable communities in California and beyond.  Please click here to read more about this new leadership opportunity. Please note that the official recruitment period has been extended until January 16, 2015 (the website lists an earlier deadline).  Job Summary: Under the general supervision of the CRC Director, the Programs Manager will help develop and implement management systems for our complex and fast-paced projects; will track and report on project activities, deliverables, and budgets; and maintain/support relationships with funding agencies. UC Davis and the CRC are proudly committed to the principles of community and the value of diversity.  We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Recent Reports, Research and Resources

Submit an Abstract for UC Global Health Day

The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) invites submissions of abstracts for posters and proposals for breakout sessions for UC Global Health Day. This annual conference is a showcase of the research, training and outreach in global health being undertaken across the University of California. This event is an opportunity for UC students, fellows, faculty, staff and visiting scholars to share their current work in global health. The day will feature plenary sessions, posters and concurrent breakout sessions covering a broad range of global health topics. Interdisciplinary and cross-campus collaborations are strongly encouraged. Please read the official calls for more information. Submission Deadline: January 9, 2015


To Gauge the Health of Your Whole Community, Look to Your Teens

This post originally appeared on the Urban Institute's MetroTrends blog, written by Laudan Aron. Aron shared a starter list of principles that can help guide health-promoting community investments. These principles were inspired by a large and growing body of research on the social determinants of health: conditions within our families, neighborhoods, and communities that shape our health and survival. That same body of research points to an important period in life that is unique in its ability to shed light on a community's culture of health: adolescence. The health of teenagers is a powerful signal of the health of an entire community, and a leading indicator of the future health of that community. Just as infant mortality has been a touchstone indicator of overall economic development and progress in less developed countries, in more advanced countries and societies, adolescent health is that measure.  To read the complete article, click here.


A Portrait of California 2014-2015

On December 10, Measure of America (MOA) of the Social Science Research Council released the latest work in its MOA series, A Portrait of California 2014-2015. This is the second California Human Development Report, which measures well-being and access to opportunity for residents across the Golden State using the American Human Development Index (HD Index), a composite measure of health, education, and earnings. MOA is a nonpartisan initiative that seeks to provide insight beyond US Gross Domestic Product. This year's report has a special focus on California's children. To read the full report including key findings, click here.

Calendar of Events     

Local Grant Propels New Community Food Organization: Food Commons Fresno Smart Food for Smart Growth Project

CRC Regional Advisory Committee members Dan O'Connell and Keith Bergthold are proud to be collaborating with Food Commons Fresno who will utilize a $50,000 award to increase access to local produce in food deserts, protect prime farmland and increase local investment in healthy food. Join Food Commons Fresno at a special reception with the funder Fresno Regional Foundation celebrating the Smart Food for Smart Growth project.

Date: Tuesday - December 16, 2014

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Place: Bitwise Industries - 2210 San Joaquin Street (Fresno, CA)

Translating Research to Policy-Makers, Decision-Makers, and Stakeholders

Winter 2015 Graduate Student Seminar: Geography 298, CRN #94682, 2 Units

Graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and other interested researchers are welcome to join this interdisciplinary seminar where participants will learn conceptual and practical approaches for sharing academic knowledge and research with elected officials and their staff, agency representatives, and other policy-makers and stakeholders. The course will include several guest speakers working at the intersection of science and policy-making. For more information, contact Instructor Matt Robbins.

Date: Seminar Commences January 5

Time: Mondays 12:10 pm - 1:40 pm

Place: JMIE BARN Conference Room

Sponsored by the John Muir Institute of the Environment, Geography Graduate Group and the UC Davis Policy Institute.


CRC Book Launch Forum

CRC post-doctoral affiliate Alex Karner, CRC Director Jonathan London, and an expert panel of respondents will present "Putting Data into Action for Regional Equity in California's San Joaquin Valley."  The article is based on their work integrating social equity into regional planning, and will appear in the forthcoming book, What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's Communities. Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute, this volume of essays challenges policymakers, funders and practitioners across sectors to rethink how they use data to address social issues such as poverty, health, and education. Click here to download a free copy.

Date: January 28, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Place: UC Davis Campus, Memorial Union King Room

Refreshments will be served.   

Event sponsored by the UCD Center for Regional Change and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.


Job/Internship Opportunities     

Respite Partnership Collaborative Seeks Members

The Respite Partnership Collaborative (RPC) is an innovative approach to addressing mental health crisis in Sacramento County.  In it's first two rounds of funding, the group established seven new mental health respite programs to serve the needs of adults, parents and youth. RPC is poised to announce the launch of several new respite projects in early 2015. The RPC is seeking new members to ensure the community-driven process continues to include diverse perspectives from those with lived mental health experience, providers of health and human services, advocates, educators and others with a stake in local mental health services.  For those interested in applying, please click here.  

Supervisory Agricultural Economist Position in Washington, DC

The Resource and Rural Economics Division at USDA's Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C., is seeking a supervisory-level agricultural economist/social scientist to lead the Rural Economy Branch. Details and application materials can be found through the USAJOBS linkApplication Deadline: January 2, 2015 

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.