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Voices for Healthy Kids

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On behalf of the Voices for Healthy Kids team, we are excited to share with you the toolkit on school foods entitled “Make Food Choices an Easy ‘A’.”  To receive access to the toolkit, click here.

This toolkit is a compilation of facts, sample materials, and guidance on how to build, engage, and mobilize a social change movement in your state or community on this critical issue.  The toolkit is wrapped together by a unique theme designed to maximize interest and action on schools foods.  Together with a collection of parallel toolkits on other proven social change strategies to help kids live more active, healthful lives, we want to help focus and energize advocates around the country.

This toolkit is for you to use and share.  Just as important, we want to hear back from you.  We consider our toolkits to be dynamic documents.  We want to update, improve, and add to them based on the insights and lessons in the field.  Please share back with us your comments for the next version.

Voices for Healthy Kids is a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched in February 2013.  Together with a diverse array of partners, we are working to engage, organize and mobilize advocates to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.  There are now more than one-in- three children and teens in the U.S. who are overweight or obese.  Voices for Healthy Kids is focused on advocating for policy and social change at the community, state, and federal levels in order to help young people eat healthier foods and be more active.  Find out more at

If you want to learn more about Voices for Healthy Kids, we have many opportunities to share resources, to get involved in advocacy efforts at the state and local level as well as join us in support of reversing youth obesity through policy and advocacy efforts. For more information, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We look forward to hearing from you.


Scholarship Opportunity

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The Asian American Women's Alliance (AAWA) will be awarding scholarships to qualified students.

Eligibility: Asian American students of all genders enrolled in High School, College or Graduate School
Scholarship Amount: $500
Number of Awards: 4
Requirements: Completed application form (see link below), official transcript, personal statement/career or personal goals, 1 letter of recommendation from a professor, community

leader or employer
Deadline: postmarked April 11, 2014 **Website and application are not updated with the revised deadline listed here  (the website and application currently say April 4, 2014)

Award recipients must be able to attend the AAWA Annual Scholarship & Recognition Award Banquet on May 9, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 777 Bellew Dr. Milpitas, CA 95035.

Link to website:

Link to the application:
Please share this information with anyone who may qualify!



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A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture, and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors, and lifestyle habits.

These health data are derived from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a landmark study that enrolled about 16,415 Hispanic/Latino adults living in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and the Bronx, N.Y., who self-identified with Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or South American origins. These new findings have been compiled and published as the Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities.

"Although Hispanics represent 1 out of every 6 people in the U.S., our knowledge about Hispanic health has been limited," said Larissa Avilés-Santa, M.D., M.P.H, a medical officer in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and project officer of the HCHS/SOL. "These detailed findings provide a foundation to address questions about the health of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino population and a critical understanding of risk factors that could lead to improved health in all communities.

"The information contained in the HCHS/SOL data book will enable individuals, communities, scientists, and health policy makers to tailor health intervention strategies to improve the health of all Hispanics," she added.

The numerous findings described by the HCHS/SOL researchers confirmed some existing knowledge while also uncovering some new health trends. Among the items highlighting Hispanic diversity:

-- The percentage of people who reported having asthma ranged from 7.4 (among those of Mexican ancestry) to 35.8 (among those of Puerto Rican ancestry).

-- The percentage of individuals with hypertension ranged from 20.3 (South American) to 32.2 (Cuban).

-- The percentage of people eating five or more servings of fruits/vegetables daily ranged from 19.2 (Puerto Rican origin) to 55.0 (Cuban origin). Also, men reported consuming more fruit and vegetables than women.

-- Women reported a much lower consumption of sodium than men among all Hispanic groups represented in the study.

The new data also found some areas of more general importance for Hispanic health.

-- About 1 in 3 individuals had pre-diabetes, also fairly evenly distributed among Hispanic groups.

-- Only about half of individuals with diabetes among all Hispanic groups had it under control.

During the first phase of HCHS/SOL, study participants underwent an extensive clinical evaluation to identify the prevalence of diseases and risk or protective factors, as well as lifestyle and sociocultural and economic factors. While cardiovascular and lung health were key components of the evaluation, HCHS/SOL also performed a dental exam, hearing tests, and a glucose tolerance test. Most of the information presented in this Data Book was collected through interviews. Analyses of clinical measurements performed during the baseline examination are underway and will be published in the future.

Since the baseline examination, which took place from 2008 to 2011, study participants have answered an annual interview.  This is being done to explore the relationship between baseline health profiles and changes in health, particularly cardiovascular health. A new examination period is expected to start in October 2014 to reassess certain health measurements and understand the relationship between the identified risk factors during the first visit and future disease in Hispanic populations.

The HCHS/SOL project was led by NHLBI, with additional funding from six other Institutes.

Read the full HCHS/SOL Data Book: A Report to the Communities here:


Lisa Kernan Social Justice Fellowship

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Lisa Kernan Social Justice Fellowship

Uniting research, analysis, and advocacy to change the world!

We are currently accepting applications for the Lisa Kernan Social Justice Fellows Program to honor the life and work of Lisa Devereux Kernan. Fellowships will be provided for a four week Program in the late Spring to early Summer 2014 to two outstanding students with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.

Due date for application: April 7, 2014.

Eligibility: Open to graduate students or exceptional undergraduate Seniors and Juniors aspiring to careers in public health, health care, law, public policy or related subjects, and who are dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities and promoting social justice in the United States and globally.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,000 for the Program.

The Lisa Kernan Social Justice Fellows Program is coordinated by the Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit research, education, and advocacy center dedicated to protecting and improving health, promoting social justice, and sustaining access to health care and other vital human services, and located in the Presidio, in San Francisco, California.

Lisa Kernan Social Justice Fellows will participate in a four week Program in late Spring – early Summer 2013 that will involve full-time work, including work on a Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign, CPATH Trade and Health, or EQUAL Health Care project, Fellowship mentoring, and graduate level instruction. Fellows will work directly on projects of the Center for Policy Analysis, and may participate in conducting workshops and briefings with and for advocacy groups, health professionals, and legislators.

Examples of projects on which Kernan Fellows may work include:

Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign – Our  Campaign is creating a national communications and advocacy network that unifies reproductive health groups, and engages women and the men who trust them to make the right decisions for their health. (url:
CPATH Trade and Health Project examining proposals regarding access to public health, tobacco control, essential medicines, and related issues in pending trade agreements, including the Trans Pacific Partnership. (url:
EQUAL Health Network – A project bringing a strong public voice for implementation of national health care reform, including advocacy for reproductive health care and inclusion of immigrants, and single payer proposals. (url:
WHEN? Please tell us in your application when you are available between May 1 and July 31.  We’ll determine the exact dates based on your replies and other factors.

WHERE? You must be located in San Francisco during the Fellowship.  Sorry, no additional funds are available for your transportation or housing; we can direct you to community bulletin boards, etc.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must complete the application – click  to downlod the APPLICATION – 2014 and submit the completed application with 1-2 letters of reference by April 7, 2014, by email to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

subject: Lisa Kernan Social Justice Fellows Program

Center for Policy Analysis, P.O. Box 29586, San Francisco, CA 94129-0586

Ellen R. Shaffer & Joe Brenner, Co-Directors  Phone: 415-922-6204


Immigrant Experience Through Theater

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Teaching the Immigrant Experience Through Theater
SJSU received a $162,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to host a summer institute for school teachers titled “The California Immigrant Experience through Literature and Theatre.” The institute will be held July 13-27, 2014 at SJSU. On Friday, July 25, participants will showcase the results of this workshop in a theater performance open to the public for free. Get institute details at:

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