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CPEHN and our partners would like to invite you to join us in Sacramento on March 30 for the annual ENACT Day! ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day brings community members and advocates from all over California together in Sacramento to learn about and support state policies promoting nutrition and physical activity.

March 30, 2016
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
St John's Lutheran Church
1701 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

Click here to register and for more information. 

ENACT Day is a great opportunity to learn about advocacy and make your voice heard in the capitol. The event is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. All you need is your passion, and an optional donation. Space is limited! If you are unable to attend the event in person but would still like to participate, you can register for Virtual ENACT Day, during which you can use your email, telephone, and social media to tell your story. No matter where you are, you are welcome to join us!

Registration for ENACT Day closes March 16th so register today!

Also, please note: a limited number of travel scholarships are available. Please apply early to help us fulfil as many requests as possible. If you would like to apply for a travel scholarship, please complete the online application survey HERE by February 29th.

This year, CPEHN has joined the DentaQuest Foundation’s Oral Health 2020 initiative to focus on addressing oral health inequities using a social justice lens. Through this effort, we are working to highlight the oral health needs of California’s communities of color in an effort to reduce disparities in health outcomes and access to care.

Since we are new to this oral health effort, we are always eager to learn about new ways to advocate for oral health equity. Next week, on August 12th at 11 am, DentaQuest Foundation is hosting a webinar, Effective Advocacy for Oral Health, which will provide some insights into what health advocates can do to improve oral health in their communities. The event will feature speakers from Kansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin and will illustrate how we can be stronger advocates for system change.

The webinar will cover advocacy basics and feature real-life examples of successful efforts. From DentaQuest Foundation’s description of the event:

It is important to recognize that decision-makers like politicians make decisions in part based on their perceptions of public demand. Successful advocacy is therefore all about getting your message across in the most effective way to ensure that politicians and governments know what matters to you and the people in your community. Individuals and groups like you have the power to drive systems change!

The presenters will include:

Over 120 advocates gathered in Sacramento today to discuss legislation that could be key to improving health in California at ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about key legislation and learn some tips about meeting with legislators before conducting legislative visits later in the day. Here are some highlights from the day, with many posts from Twitter (#ENACT2015).

Assemblymember Phil Ting from San Francisco kicked things off with an introductory speech, acknowledging that legislators appreciate when their constituents visit with them about issues that impact the community.

Following the Assemblymember’s remarks, panels discussed each of the ENACT Day priority bills, including:

It's one month until the annual ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day, so reserve your spot today! On May 6th at the Sacramento Masonic Temple, join community members and advocates from all over California to learn about and support state policies promoting nutrition and physical activity.

ENACT Day is a terrific free event that empowers community members to take action on the issues impacting health in their communities. The event also gives attendees the resources needed to effectively advocate for policy change and connects them to the policymakers who are capable of making those changes. You can register on our website today!

This video from the Strategic Alliance highlights what you can expect at ENACT Day:

We want everyone who is interested to be able to attend, so a limited number of travel scholarships are available. We encourage you to register early to help us determine the potential need for travel assistance. If you would like to apply for a travel scholarship, you must register by this Wednesday, April 8th, and indicate your interest on the registration form. We will contact you with details.

Below is the full event information. We’d love to see you there!

May 6, 2015 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sacramento Masonic Temple
1123 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Register Now

ENACT Day is FREE, and lunch will be provided. Registration closes April 24th.

ENACT Day is sponsored by these great partner organizations:

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One of the primary social and environmental determinants of health that we focus on at CPEHN is access to healthy transportation options. From our health to our environment to the earth’s climate, how we get around has a tremendous impact on our daily lives. At CPEHN, we often work with our partners to promote the concept of complete streets, which are safe for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders.

Each year, our partners at TransForm put on an excellent event in Sacramento, the California Transportation Choices Summit. The 2015 event, ”A Year of Action,” will be held on April 27th in Sacramento. The next day is an advocacy day, which will allow attendees the opportunity to meet with policymakers and their staff and represent their communities’ transportation needs. Here’s a summary from their website of what to expect at this year’s event:

“The Summit and Advocacy Day brings together advocates and leaders from across the state from every issue area: public health, bicycle and pedestrian, social justice, affordable housing, disability rights, labor, transit and more.  At the daylong Summit, legislative leaders and expert panels present on a range of topics, plus attendees break into groups based on geography and issue areas to discuss strategy.”