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Welcome to This Week in Equity Engagement on Twitter (TWEET) for the week of August 31, 2015. Since it’s Labor Day weekend, let’s start with some labor-related posts:

The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education has several great resources about the state of the job market here in California and across the country.

The Center is also hosting a training session on strategic campaigns for community organizations.

As we discussed earlier this month, the American Public Health Association (APHA) is currently in the middle of a four-part series of webinars, The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation. Today, APHA’s third webinar, Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care, covered a variety of topics, including inequities in access to care for low-income communities and communities of color, the role of implicit biases in health disparities, and the impact of historical trauma on health.

The event featured an impressive lineup of speakers, including Brian Smedley from the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Michelle van Ryn from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and Linda Rae Murray from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. The presentations showed that while we have come a long way in regards to expanding coverage, access issues prevent many in low-income areas and communities of color from getting the best possible care. Also, racism and other biases result in additional barriers to care for these populations.

At CPEHN, we see racism as one of the leading social determinants of health and in order to achieve health equity it will be necessary to eliminate the barriers racism poses as communities of color strive to live healthy lives. We appreciate APHA’s efforts to further this important discussion with events like today’s webinar.

Here are some highlights from the event, which was recorded and will be available to stream on APHA’s website.

Smedley pointed to the disparities that remain despite the coverage expansions of the Affordable Care Act, particularly in low-income communities.

There’s nothing like a good funding opportunity to add some intrigue to a Monday morning. In this case, $690,000 is available from California’s Student/Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health (CalSEARCH) that will help strengthen the state’s health care workforce.

This opportunity has two different components. CalSEARCH will provide grant opportunities through the Workforce Education and Training Program (WET) to organizations for mental health rotations for students and residents within the public mental health system, and through The California Endowment to organizations supporting Community Health Workers/Promotores in one of the 14 Building Healthy Communities or designated counties of the Central Valley.

The Request for Applications was posted on the CalSEARCH site late last week and is available for review. The final applications are due on March 20, 2015. If you have questions, CalSEARCH is hosting a pair of technical assistance webinars, the first tomorrow (February 24th) and another on March 9th. You can register to attend these webinars here.