California Leadership Academy for the Public's Health

California Leadership Academy for the Public's Health

The California Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (CaLAPH) works with multi-sector teams across the state of California to advance their leadership practice and address social determinants of health. CaLAPH provides teams with leadership training via coaching, webinars and retreats to achieve improvements in population health in their community. Many of the four-person multi-sector teams are from The California Endowment Building Healthy Communities sites. Each team works on an applied health leadership project.  Past projects have focused on the built environment, joint-use facilities, park improvements and expansions, and obesity prevention.

CaLAPH Teams

Current Teams

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Past Teams

Policy & Systems Change to Improve Community Health for the Smith River Tribal Community

Project: Del Norte County’s project will focus on addressing targeted changed in the logic model related to developing partnerships and intersectoral strategies that lead to policy and/or systems change needed to improve community health and health equity and create safe, walkable neighborhoods and healthy recreational activities for families and youth. 

Team Members:

  • Marva Scott
  • Amber Talburt
  • Hilda Yepes-Contreras


Current Teams

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Past Teams

Fresno County Health Leadership Team

Project: Establish a coalition to align action around an agreed-upon set of community health outcomes (from 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment ) - move effort from exploration to action! Coalition being built from high need and stakeholder interest in aligning action in effort to avoid duplication of service and silo issues.

Team Members:

  • Sara Bosse, Manager, Office of Policy and Communications, Department of Public Health (public sector)
  • Kevin Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Programs, Clinica Sierra Vista (non-profit health care delivery)
  • MaryJane Skjellerup, Senior Director of Programs, Youth Leadership Institute (non-profit youth services)
  • Donna DeRoo, Assistant Director, CSUF Center for Health and Human Services (Academia)
  • Lynn Ashbeck, Regional Vice President,  Hospital Council of Northern/ Central CA (non-profit health care delivery)
  • Gail Newel, MCAH Medical Director, Fresno County Department of Public Health (public sector)


Current Teams

Local Health Authority Asthma Community Engagement (LHA-ACE) Team

Project: Asthma Community Engagement - The team's work focuses on engagement and complements the efforts of the Imperial California Accountable Community for Health Initiative.  Engagement efforts include working with non-clinical partners for asthma management (e.g., businesses, social services, and the general public), identifying potential partners, creating buy-in and shared goals, and mobilizing support to decrease the burden of asthma.

Team Members:

  • Christina Olson
  • Helina Hoyt
  • Lee Hindman
  • Peggy Price
  • Marisa Craig-Allen

Past Teams

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Current Teams

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Past Teams

Economic Development, Environment, Health, Education, and Recreation/Youth

Project: The BHC South Kern has condensed their focus to five action teams: Economic Development, Environment, Health, Education, and Recreation/Youth.  The vision is to create a healthy and unified community that embraces their culture and fosters opportunity for all residents, especially youth, through high quality education, health and social services, dignified work opportunities, safe neighborhoods, and a clean environment in which to live, work, and play.

Team Members:

  • Gustavo Aguirre
  • Karen Davis
  • Jennifer Herrera
  • Amerika Nino


Current Teams

Breathe Well Long Beach Collaborative (BWLBC)

Project: The team seeks to address the health needs relating to asthma, and its related conditions including poverty, health inequity, and environmental factors.  The local prevalence of asthma as estimated by the Long Beach Health Department is 13.3%, which is associated with high rates of asthma.  Asthma emergency department visits in Long Beach are higher in four of its zip codes located in the port’s high pollution zones.  The prevalence of asthma in our community is associated with the location of the busy ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, together the largest in the country; combined with the truck transport of goods and oil refineries in the adjacent area. The pollution generated from this system contributes to asthma, particularly in children living below the federal poverty level.

Team Members:

  • Judeth Luong
  • Kelly Colopy
  • Christine Petit
  • Elisa Nicholas
  • Sylvia Betancourt

Past Teams

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Current Teams

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Past Teams

Improved Accessibility and Use of Park and Community Walking Clubs

Project: Increase quality and use of a public park within the SLABHC boundaries. Proposed projects include implementation of a program similar to “Summer Night Lists/Parks after Dark” that will focus on reducing gang violence and increase park participation, community walking clubs, and use of fitness equipment.  

Team Members:

  • Brenda Anderson
  • Alina Bokde
  • Vicki Israel
  • Jan King


Current Teams

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Past Teams

Transforming Madera

Project: Improve the livability and walkability of the neighborhood surrounding Cesar Chavez Elementary School.  Also interested in creating a joint use agreement with the school district for afterhours use of the school. This is one of the underserved communities in Madera with a school that serves 700 students.

Team Members:

  • Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director, Madera County (Public sector)
  • Norman Allinder, Planning and Building Director, Madera County (Public sector, city planning/ urban planning)
  • Mattie Mendez, Executive Director, Community Action Partnership (non-profit community services)
  • Donald Holley, Mayor Pro Tem, Madera City Council (public sector)


Current Teams

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Past Teams

Merced County Opportunities for Prevention (MCOP)

Project: Focus on preventive care and coordination for individuals with chronic illness. Project will identify existing preventive service options and existing models used to provide these services. The project will also highlight gaps or barriers to receiving preventive services that are available to better manage chronic conditions. The hope is to identify new opportunities to enhance existing models and/or identify new models to better meet the needs of the community.

Team Members:

  • Cindy Valencia, Supervising Health Educator, Merced County Health Department (public sector)
  • Myisha Reed, Program Manager, First 5 Merced County (public sector)
  • Isai Palma, BHC Administrative Coordinator, Building Health Communities (non-profit youth services/ united way)
  • Desirre Herrera, Regional Program Manager, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (non-profit health education)
  • Crisantema Gallardo, MOP Community Organizer, Merced Organizing Project (non-profit community organizing)


Current Teams

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Past Teams

“Health in All Policies” for East Salinas

Project: Incorporate “Health in All Policies” and redesigning programs to improve social equity and reduce health disparities in East Salinas and throughout the County of Monterey.  The team will work together to define the project upon completion of the first webinar.  This will ensure that all team members have the opportunity to begin to work as a team in defining the project. This will be the subject of our discussion and energy throughout the year.  The fourth team member is still pending; but, a request has been made to the City of Salinas as the BHC site falls under the jurisdiction of the City.  A final project description will be made available in early April. 

Team Members:

  • Lucina Alcala
  • Tara Hullinger
  • Eric Padilla-Chavez
  • Annabelle Rodriguez


Current Teams

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Past Teams

Adolescent Health Promotion and Care in One-Stop Mobile Clinics

Project: The Santa Ana BHC Workplan specifically describes the goals of creating integrated services and systems in the BHC area.  Residents, systems leaders and community-based organization representatives, expressed that services and systems need to be family-focused and client-centered. Additionally, the SABHC work plan calls for the creation of one-stop centers in strategic locations, such as schools where comprehensive and integrated health, mental and education services for families will be offered. The applied leadership project will select at least two schools (one intermediate and one high school) from the SABHC area to pilot an adolescent-focused mobile clinic that will incorporate such elements as: 

- Peer health education

- Built-environment and urban planning elements such as safe routes to school

- Youth health councils

Team Members:

  • Isabel Becerra
  • Trey Bonner
  • Barbara Kidder Garcia
  • Jose Rea
  • Sandra Rose


Current Teams

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Past Teams

Land use and transportation in Eastern Coachella Valley

Project: Examine the realities of a group of community members through a series of questionnaires that can establish a baseline for measuring different aspects of the existing environment, attitudes, towards healthy living behavior and government. The team would influence these community members by providing information, encouraging engagement, and recruiting them to spread the knowledge and create a chain reaction. The opportunity to study the interconnectedness is an opportunity to boost long term understanding and implementation of health land use and transportation planning policies.

Team Members:

  • Karen Borja
  • Christina Mendez
  • Gabriel Perez
  • Miguel Vasquez


Current Teams

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Past Teams

San Joaquin Changemakers

Project: Create a consensus-drive policy intervention that takes a more holistic, systems approach to prevention.  Focus on Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention  - strengthen task force, select and implement policy, and revise strategic plan.

Team Members:

  • Marisela Pineda, Health Education Program Coordinator, SJC Public Health Services (public sector)
  • Karen Pfister, Supervising Epidemiologist, SJC Public Health Services (public sector)
  • Raquel Moreno, Health Education Manager, Kaiser Permanente (public health care delivery)
  • Anna Martin, NFCS Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension (non-profit nutrition, family and consumer science)
  • LaCresia Hawkins, CCROPP Project Coordinator, Community Partnership for Families (non-profit community services)


Current Teams

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Past Teams

Community Health Improvement Plan for the Latino Population in Santa Clara County

Project: Development of a leadership structure and framework for a community health improvement plan for the Latino Community in Santa Clara County. The BHC team will review the outcome of the 2012 Latino Health Assessment and work together to develop criteria that will inform the development of strategic priorities. The team will apply the criteria to the assessment results and also determine how to integrate their own rich experiences and expertise in identifying priority areas. The BHC team will develop goals and objectives associated with the strategic priorities that are high-impact, actionable, and reflect the commitment of the BHC team.  

Team Members:

  • Reymundo Espinoza
  • Frederick Ferreer
  • Emily Lam
  • Dan Peddycord


Current Teams

Building Equitable and Resilient Communities

Project: The team's work focuses on building trust and relationships across the various "resilience" communities in Sonoma County.  Together, including the voice of the community, the team seeks to develop a framework to guide the alignment of scarce resources for building resilient communities.  The intent is to assure that every resident of Sonoma County has the opportunity for health and well-being.

Team Members:

  • Ellen Bauer
  • Trathen Heckman
  • Oscar Chavez
  • Nancy Dobbs
  • Susan Shaw

Past Teams

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Current Teams

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Past Teams

Community Health Worker (CHW) Coalition

Project: Integrate CHW’s into the clinical setting and public health system, building on pre-existing work.  Establish uniform and countywide standards, career ladder, and scope of practice for CHW’s that is adopted and recognized by all organizations.

Team Members:

  • Jose Ruiz –Salas, Administrative Specialist, Tulare County Public Health (public sector)
  • Rosa Betancourt, Community Relations Specialist, HealthNet of California (public health insurer)
  • Malorie Serrano, Community Health Coordinator, Family Health Care Network (non-profit health care delivery)
  • Alma Torres-Nguyen, Project Coordinator, Kaweah Delta Health Care District (public health)
  • Erica Cubas, CHPC, Patient Services Supervisor, Tulare Community Health Clinic


Current Teams

None

Past Teams

Peer-to-Peer Mothers Taking Action Pilot 

Project: In 2010 VCPH launched “Peer to Peer Mothers Taking Action”, a pilot project funded by the Network for a Healthy California. In its first 9 months of operation 261 women were engaged in peer- led discussion groups. During this peer-led learning and support group sessions, the women share their own experiences and ideas as well as intentions for future action. The project will make available information, referral, support and other resources to mothers who participate in the sessions. This approach, supports mothers engaging in dialogue with one another to share what they know and have learn about health, nutrition, and obesity prevention. This learning model connects residents to each other, honors cultural strengths, and inspires behavioral change. The Academy project would replicate the model in several neighborhoods and expand its learning objectives to include physical activity and leadership development. The goal will be to connect informed residents and provide support for them to work together to strengthen community involvement and leverage resources to build healthy communities. Examples of activities will be to work on creating walkable neighborhoods and community gardens, to improve food deserts, and to increase utilization of other services such as Cal- Fresh participation, and preventive health services. The Academy team will seek a partnership with a local university to evaluate the effectiveness of the project in creating systemic change.

Team Members:

  • Silvia Lopez-Navarro
  • Fran McNeill
  • Silvia Rodriguez
  • Sandy Young