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Santa Clara Launches CA's First Pay for Success

Deborah De Santis | Posted 08.18.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

We applaud Santa Clara County and Abode for joining together to pursue the benefits of Pay for Success (PFS) to enhance communities and the well-being of the people they serve.

In LA, Communities in Need Get Their 15 Minutes of Fame

Mackenzie Long | Posted 05.08.2016 | Los Angeles
Mackenzie Long

Musicians from East Los Angeles have a long tradition of using their talents to draw attention to complex social and political issues.

10 Beautifully Distracting Programs to Look for At the Manifest: Justice Pop-Up Art Space

Wyatt Closs | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Wyatt Closs

Sponsored by Arts for Amnesty and California Endowment, there are over 30 events over the 10 days -- discussions, music, stage, film, workshops. It was an ambitious undertaking that I hope folks will get to check out accidentally or purposely.

McFarland Shows a Sprint, but the Real Race Is a Marathon

Robert Ross | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Robert Ross

The film, based on a true story, follows a teacher in California's Central Valley who decides to start the high school's first boys cross country team and encounters many unexpected challenges and successes along the way.

Why Some Republicans Think Health Insurance for Undocumented Residents Makes Sense

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Democrats in Congress decided not to provide coverage to the estimated 11.5 million undocumented residents in the U.S. Actually, it'd be more accurate to say that many of them were unwilling to vote for a reform bill enabling undocumented residents to buy coverage on the state health insurance exchanges out of fear of jeopardizing their re-election chances.

New Design Competition Aims to Change Lives in the Coachella Valley's "Other Side"

Guy Horton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Guy Horton

The Coachella Valley, one of the nation's most vital agricultural and tourist economies, generating $4 billion in economic activity annually, suffers from a chronic shortage of affordable housing.

More Caring, Less Fear

Robert Ross | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

Rather than spending dollars on drones and other questionable, expensive military equipment, it is time that local law enforcement officials shift those resources toward training on how to more effectively engage their local communities, especially young people of color.

Building Resilience Key to Overcoming Childhood Trauma

Robert Ross | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

The most important thing we can do -- and sometimes it's the hardest -- is to speak up about what has happened to us. Because it's in speaking our truth and reaching out that we can connect with other people. That's the essential ingredient for courage and resilience and healing.

Health Happens Here Hero of the Month: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Robert Ross | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

This week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver restored our faith in the notions of human dignity, respect, humanity and accountability. After the utterly s...

The Right Kind of Everyday Courage

Robert Ross | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

I am startled and dismayed to report that we are now facing an epidemic of childhood trauma. The research clearly shows that traumatic stress literally blocks bodies and minds from developing in a healthy way.

The Promising Prospects of My Brother's Keeper

Robert Ross | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

On the left and the right, there is agreement that racism and prejudice is one of our deepest national scars. The progress we've made has been enormous. But the effects linger and restrain our future.

President Obama Embraces Our Sons and Brothers

Robert Ross | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

There is a lot of talk today about inequalities in America. It's a long overdue conversation that is, in essence, about where you are born dictating the quality of life you will lead. The experiences of our sons and brothers of color are ground zero and we have to start there.

Boosting Young Men of Color

Robert Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

Imagine that you walk into the newborn nursery ward at an American hospital and you see 100 babies in their bassinets. You are then informed that 33 of these babies will spend time in jail or prison.

It's Time. Get Covered.

Robert Ross | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Ross

It is a daunting task to enroll everyone -- California alone has nearly 7 million uninsured, nearly 6 million of whom will be eligible for some of the benefits above. But if everybody pitches in, we can work to make significant strides.

Our Sons Look Like Trayvon Too

Robert Ross | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Robert Ross

The best way to honor Trayvon's memory is to channel our pain and frustration into our work to create a country where all our sons and brothers can walk the streets without fear.

Stress, Trauma, Loss, Rage

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

What if we looked at violence in America as a public health crisis rather than a crime problem? What if we look for promising practices and expanded the ones that work to eliminate the epidemic of violence that keeps our graveyards, jails, and prisons full?

Young People Really Are Our Future: Making It a Bright One

Robert Ross | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Robert Ross

The course to all of our health and prosperity starts with changing the odds for our sons and brothers which will build opportunity for all of us. There are real signs of hope and momentum building around the country.

Prevention First: A Physician's Prescription for Safer Schools

Robert Ross | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Robert Ross

There are no shortage of ideas on the subject, and the debate has been robust. But I'd argue that our national conversation has been missing one essential element: a physician's focus on prevention.

White House Holds Call With Major Foundations About Gun Control

Posted 01.11.2013 | Impact

President Obama may be tapping the philanthropic sector for support in gun violence prevention measures. As part of President Barack Obama’s gun...

California Teens 'Demand A Real Plan' To Keep Schools Safe: 'More Guns Are Not The Answer'

Posted 12.21.2012 | Education

A group of California teens are coming together in a passionate call to action: for a "real plan" to keep schools as safe havens for students and educ...

Now We Can Finally Fix Health Care!

Robert Ross | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Ross

Two years after the law was passed, and six months after the Supreme Court affirmed its legality, only now do we have the opportunity to explain the benefits of Obamacare to families, workers, and employees -- without the noise, distraction, and confusion of a political campaign getting in the way.

Please, Don't Diss the Water

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry Cohen

We all deserve water and the more we drink it, the better. It's time to teach our children and ourselves that when it comes to quenching thirst and hydrating the body, nothing beats good old H2O.

Health Happens in the Workplace: Employee Wellness Program to Improve Lives and Save Money

Robert Ross | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Ross

We know health happens in the workplace, and there is plenty of research now telling us that savings happen with prevention.

Teaching Gardens are Sprouting

Kelly Meyer | Posted 07.01.2012 | Parents
Kelly Meyer

I draw an invisible circle around my body and say, "the environment starts here." To kids living in inner cities where trees and plants are scarce, personalizing the environment is crucial.

Schools Must Pull Kids in, Not Turn Them Away

Robert Ross | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Robert Ross

For each day that a young person is suspended from school, his or her educational attainment experiences a setback.