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Northern California Society of Public Health Educators

Accepting Applications: Community Advocates Leadership Academy

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Join other emerging and existing community change agents in a nine-month advocacy training program — Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA). Please spread the word. Applications are due July 15. Apply here

To effectively address the environmental and social challenges our region faces we need more leaders from all walks of life, who will not only demand change but also set in motion positive solutions to problems. In short, we need extraordinary people who will assert the leadership necessary to help our communities thrive. The Community Advocates Leadership Academy will serve as a training ground for such people.

Participants meet one Saturday each month for half day classes in rotating venues throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

  • Hear about what makes a great leader with experts who have studied leadership for decades
  • Become a more strategic advocacy organizer with people who have led dozens of successful campaigns
  • Learn tips for recruiting, inspiring, and engaging volunteers (and how to deal with team conflict)
  • Hear from developers, planning directors, and community development directors about how to work with people in their shoes
  • Find out how to be influential with elected officials and decision makers
  • Dive into a mock city council decision making-process where a community needs to balance environmental, health, equity, and economic concerns.


“The Academy is helping me to discover the inner leader that we all have inside…This is an important program because it teaches all that we need people confident of their capacities and fearless of change.” – Lucrecia Rivera, San Jose (2014/2015 participant)

“The Academy is helping me understand the full picture of what it takes to develop an idea into an implementable project within..bay area communities…we hear success stories and are provided with support from experienced and connected community leaders.”  – Patti Sexton, Milpitas (2014/2015 participant)

“The Academy is important because it brings like-minded individuals together in an atmosphere that is inviting and diverse.  We have the opportunity to be around activists, politicians, change-makers, students, and teachers from all age subsets from all parts of the region that culminate to provide an experience that is well-rounded and comprehensive.  – Kyli Arford, East Palo Alto (2014/2015 participant)

“The very first meeting was worth the price of tuition for me. Hearing about the kinds of advocacy and activism that is going on, the level of commitment this group has for making change, was edifying and inspiring. I would recommend this training for anyone who is interested in sharpening their advocacy work.” – Nancy Reyering, Woodside (2014/2015 participant)

We know citizen advocates come from all walks of life and welcome anyone who is interested to apply. The cost of the program to us is $1,200 per person and we have received some grant funding so that we can offer scholarships. When you apply, please note if you can afford $100, $250, $500, $750, $1000, or the full $1,200 tuition.

September 2015- May 2016 on one Saturday each month 8:30am-12:00pm in rotating venues throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. When you apply, please save these dates in your calendar: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 20, March 19, April 16, May 21.
CALA is organized by Committee for Green Foothills, the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, County of San Mateo's Health System, and Sustainable San Mateo County. It is also supported by Greenbelt Alliance and Acterra.

Student Summer Interns

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Please see summer internship opportunities below:


Virtual Advocacy Day

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Join us and make a difference

Health Education In Schools Virtual Advocacy Day

Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET


On May 14th, SOPHE is holding a Virtual Advocacy Day calling for “Health” to be designated as a “core” subject in legislation to reauthorize or restructure the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A bill is advancing through the Senate quickly and we must let policymakers know the vital role of Health Education in academic achievement.

Today, more than ever, youth need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to live healthy lifestyles.

Join us for any part of the day and advocate for a healthier nation: Youth are one-fourth of our population, but all of our future!

The Virtual Advocacy Day will be held from 12:00 – 4:00 PM (ET) and organized in three segments. A toolkit will be provided to facilitate your interaction:

  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Free Webinar – Health Education in Schools
    Learn more about the issue at hand, who the major players are, and instructions for the day
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM: Call to Action!
    Contact your Senators by phone, fax, email, and social media
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM: Twitter chat
    We will further promote our message on social media using #HealthEdAchieves
Click Here to Sign Up and Let Your Voice Be Heard

Sign Up Now! Spread the Word!


SFDPH: Research Intern Position

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The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Study (NHBS) has job openings for Research Intern positions.

Here is the link to the posting:

Just as a reminder, all submissions for this position must be made via the link above. The posting can also be found by going to .
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