August 2022

Message from the Director


I hope everyone was able to recharge this summer! The year is going by fast and back to school season is upon us. This is a great opportunity to promote healthy eating habits and physical activity before the start of the school year. Safe Routes to School, Healthy Food & Beverage Standards, and Structured Physical Activity resources are featured below to help you champion these focus areas in your community.

The 2022 Mini College is a month away. Please visit the Mini College webpage for logistics details and updates. As always, should you have any questions, comments, or technical assistance needs, please do not hesitate to reach out to the team.

In Health and Solidarity,

Wagahta Semere, MD, MHS

Fellowship Director & Assistant Professor

UCSF School of Medicine

Reminder! Find articles and resources related to your area(s) of interest by clicking on the icon(s) that correspond to our five focus areas, below:

Expanding Restricted Scope Medi-Cal to Include Preventative Dental Coverage Improves Lives and Saves Money

By: Marie Alejandrino-Buell, DMD

Champion Provider Fellow (Cohort 3, Ventura County)

Throughout the pandemic, Americans have celebrated farm workers for keeping food on the table in the toughest of times. Yet, we conveniently forget about their sacrifice as those same workers toil in the heat without access to preventative dental care. As a private practice dentist in Ventura County, a major agricultural center, who offers my services at low or no-cost to farm workers and their families, I’ve seen first-hand the detrimental effects of this lack of access to basic dental care.  Read More


Thurs. August 18 | 2:00 - 3:00pm | Register

Quarterly Local Health Department Check-In (LHDs)


Thurs. Sept 8 | 9am - 3:30pm | Register

In-Person Training: 2022 Mini College

Tues. Sept 20 | 12:15 - 1:15pm | Register

Webinar: Bottoms Up: Helping Parents Make Informed Child Hydration Decisions

Register Now!

Fellow Activities

Dr. Marie Alejandrino-Buell (Cohort 3, Ventura County) (left) receives Oral Health Care Professional of the Year Award.

Read More
Reminder! Brown·Miller Communications is here to help you!
Need help with message development, op-ed support, or preparing for an interview? Make sure to contact Mike Miller or Muriel Bañares of Brown·Miller Communications. They provide a multitude of media and communication services to Champion Provider Fellows and local health departments. Send them an email to find out how they can help you!
*Champion Provider Listserv*
Collaborate & communicate with Champion Provider
Fellows across the state about your community change efforts.
Post a message by emailing: [email protected]
NOTE: Please do not use the listserv to promote lobbying efforts or to discuss patient care. 
Join Listserv

California Universal Meals

Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 130 in 2021 that includes Universal Meal program for the FY22-23 school year since the USDA covered school means for the Y21-22 school year

Beginning in School Year (SY) 2022–23, California will become the first state to implement a statewide Universal Meals Program for school children. California’s Universal Meals Program (Universal Meals) is designed to build on the foundations of the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).

California is the first sate to offer and fund free meals statewide to all public school children (regardless of income) grades TK-12.

Read more here

From the Field
Note: Materials included in this section are for reference and information purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the federal government, California Department of Public Health, or the University of California, San Francisco.

Making Strides: 2022 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities - Promotional Toolkit

Safe Routes to School (2022).

Over the past two years, levels of physical activity have declined, but the importance of safe spaces to walk, roll, and recreate has increased. Safe Routes Partnership’s report, “Making Strides: 2022 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities,” captures each state’s progress in supporting communities where people can easily be physically active.

Find more information about the toolkit here.

Are Coke and Pepsi Campuses Bad for Public Health?

Diep, Francie (2022). The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 Colleges have signed so-called pouring-rights contracts with soda companies since the 1990s, exchanging promises to advertise and sell a company’s drinks in return for hefty cash payments and other perks. But it has always been difficult to tally just how prevalent such agreements are and what their specific terms tend to be. Now, a new study offers one of the most comprehensive looks yet at pouring rights at the United States’ largest public universities.

Read the entire article here.

Promoting Physical Activity Through Schools: Policy Brief

World Health Organization (2022).

This policy brief describes the importance of integrating physical activity into primary and secondary schools so that all children and young people can be physically active on a regular basis, which will contribute to preventing the increasing public health problem of childhood obesity. This policy brief supports school policy-makers, planners, and potentially school principals and describes how the school environment can be used to develop, implement and evaluate whole-of-school strategies that promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior among children and young people.

Read the entire article here.

More Opportunities

Ending Hunger, Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Reducing Diet-Related Diseases and Disparities

Millions of Americans struggle with hunger. Millions more struggle with diet-related diseases—like heart disease and diabetes—which are some of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. 

The toll of hunger and these diseases is not distributed equally, disproportionately impacting underserved communities, including Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans, low-income families, and rural Americans. Lack of access to healthy and affordable foods is one of many factors impacting hunger and diet-related diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges further. We cannot wait to act. And we aren’t.

This September, the Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to drive solutions to these challenges.

Click here to learn more