June 2019
Happy Summer!

Thank you, again, to those whom participated in our first Work-In-Progress (WIP) Call for fellows and Bimonthly LHD Call for local health departments. (Click the links for access to the recordings). We hope you can join us for our July calls listed on our events page here .

Sacramento fellow, Dr. Sandra Sands (right), was featured on California Department of Social Services' newly branded CalFresh Healthy Living Instagram story, participating in Rethink Your Drink Day last month! B e sure to follow & bookmark their new social media URLs here: Facebook, Instagram.

Lastly, there are only four (4) fellow spots left for our Media Training in Oakland on October 22. Email Jessica.Davidman@ucsf.edu to secure your spot today!

In Health,

Vanessa Thompson, MD
Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
Director, Champion Provider Fellowship
Upcoming Events
Work-In-Progress (WIP) Call #2 (for fellows)
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2019
Time:  12:15 – 1:15pm
Professor, UCSF School of Medicine  
The Work-In-Progress call series provides an informal platform where fellows can talk about the policy, system and environmental change work they are doing in their communities and solicit feedback from their cohort and UCSF faculty members. These calls are designed to facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and networking opportunities. If you would like to present on the call, please email jessica.davidman@ucsf.edu.
Date:  Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time:  8:30am – 4pm
Venue:  The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities | Oakland, CA
Presenters:   Brown Miller Communications
Registration:   Email  Jessica.Davidman@ucsf.edu
*only 4 spaces left!*
Join us for a special day-long interactive media training workshop for Champion Provider Fellows. You’ll learn the differences between various types of media outlets and what you need to know to successfully work with each, the qualities that make a story newsworthy, how to craft and deliver a compelling story and pitfalls to avoid when working with the press. The training presented by Brown·Miller Communications includes interactive activities, mock interviews and constructive critiques.
Fellow Activities
Raymond Lopez
(Ventura County)

Dr. Lopez presented before the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in response to the proclamation of May 8th as Rethink Your Drink Day.


Rachel Borovina
(San Mateo County)

Dr. Borovina was invited to speak about the San Mateo County ParkRx program at the Park and Recreation Commission meeting on June 6, 2019.
*Champion Provider Listserv*
Collaborate & communicate with Champion Provider
Fellows across the state about your community change efforts.
Post a message by emailing:  champion-providers@googlegroups.com
Policy Brief
Assembly Bill 1811:
Passage of AB11 expands CalFresh to SSI/SSP Recipients beginning June 1, 2019 . It reversed the policy known as “cash-out” under which recipients of SSI were ineligible for CalFresh. Over the next year, California Department of Social Services (CDSS), counties and stakeholders will be involved in an intensive implementation process.
Organization Spotlight
Programmatic Focus Area: Drawing on our core understanding that there are many social, political, and economic determinants of poverty, food insecurity, and poor health, CFPA employs a variety of policy advocacy strategies to fulfill our mission. Programmatically, we focus on: young children who are missing out on the basic resources required for optimal growth and development; California’s school-age children who do not have the food or other resources they need to achieve at their fullest potential; our state’s most vulnerable residents, including seniors, immigrants, veterans, and people with disabilities, who are unable to make ends meet; and the many Californians who work hard contributing to one of the world’s strongest economies and still struggle to provide for themselves and their families.

Clientele Served: Low-income Californians.

2019-2020 Key Initiatives: California Food Policy Advocates works to achieve our goal of increasing access to nutritious, affordable food by transforming systems through policy expertise, advocacy and research. With an emphasis on improving access to food for low-income Californians, our team of policy advocates leads a variety of nutrition, anti-hunger and public health efforts in California. We advocate progressive food-related programs and policies that aim to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable Californians. Our key initiatives shift from year to year depending on the most pressing and timely needs of the population we serve. Our current initiatives can be found on our Administrative Agenda; State Legislative Agenda; Federal Agenda; and Research Agenda

Upcoming Events: Every year CFPA hosts lobby days in Sacramento including Hunger Action Day and ENACT Day. These events will occur again in 2020. More information about these events can be found at our website at www.cfpa.net
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.
Labonte, R, Crosbie, E., Gleeson, D., and McNamara, C. (2019). Globalization and Health .
Using a methodology developed for the analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the authors examined the health impact of the newly created United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement signed in 2018. Notably, they review provisions outlined in Chapter 3 of the agreement that could impact the influx of “sugar or syrupy products” from the US to Mexico. A similar provision with Canada in the original NAFTA agreement produce a sizeable (41% increase) in per capita sweetener supply.

Roberto, C. Lawman, H., LeVasseur, M., Mitra, N., Peterhans, A., Herring, B., and Bleich, S. (2019). JAMA .
The authors studied the impact of the 2017 Philadelphia beverage excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and artificially sweetened beverages on sale prices and sale volume. The results showed that there were increases in beverage prices and decreases in sale volume on taxed drinks, but that the positive changes in beverage sale volume in Philadelphia were ameliorated by increased purchasing in neighboring areas.

Bennet, S., Draper, N., Farnsworth, I., and McBride, F.
This project was commissioned by the Praxis Project and Berkeley Food Institute. The report was conducted by students in the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Following the passage of a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax in four Bay Area communities, the report looked at the implementation of the tax revenues in each city to fund community initiatives and projects. Each city passed their SSB tax with all revenue going to a general fund, so the report also breaks down the tax revenue allocations within each city to date. Analysis shows that most funds are going towards public health efforts with majority of cities focusing on equity. 
More Opportunities
The Op-Ed Project
06.16 | Oakland
09.14 | Los Angeles
10.05 & 12.07 | San Francisco
  • participate in games, high stakes scenarios, and live experiments to think in new and bigger ways about what you know, why it matters, and how to use it. 

  • draft your Op-Ed and get connected to a journalist mentor for individual follow up!
This two-day conference is hosted by the California Department of Public Health, Chronic Disease Control Branch at the Holiday Inn Downtown-Arena in Sacramento. To confirm your participation, please register by Friday, June 14, 2019.
Let us know if you are attending:
July 15-18 | Anaheim
Join the nation’s largest, most influential collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity/overweight to discuss:
  • emerging research
  • best practices
  • community-based efforts and
  • effective policy strategies
Let’s “Glu-Close” the Gap!
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August 22 | Sacramento
*please contact Alana.pfeffinger@ucsf.edu for more information.
SAVE-THE-DATE: 5th Annual Harvard-UCLA Food Law & Policy Conference
Reflections on Regulating Sugar: The Role of Law in Reducing Consumption
November 15 | Los Angeles
Hosted by the UCLA Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy , in conjunction with Harvard University’s Food Law Lab, the purpose of this annual conference is to convene interdisciplinary groups of experts from science, law, and policy to discuss current prevalent issues and solutions in the modern food system. Stay posted for more details.