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Site Happenings: BHC Fresno

A Healthier Nation Starts Here (Photo credit: Building Healthy Communities, Fresno) Our neighborhoods impact our health. Because where you live, impacts how you live. Fresno Building Healthy Communities (BHC) leaders are pushing for healthy and affordable housing, more and better parks, and neighborhoods free of toxic pollution. Because a healthier nation starts with ‪#‎OneHealthyFresno‬. Since […]

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Behind The Scenes with George Takei

Star Trek icon and irrepressible social media sensation George Takei supports the Building Healthy Communities movement to create One Healthy California. Go Behind the Scenes and watch as he narrates our new video and helps us #ChangeTheOdds.

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Site Happenings: BHC Long Beach

Long Beach Communities Share Experiences at Visions and Voices Townhall (Photo credit: Building Healthy Communities, Long Beach) Building Healthy Communities Long Beach understands that place matters. And through their myriad community actions, they’ve been able to start changing the odds, starting with communication. With less than two weeks until local school board elections, roughly 200 students and parents […]

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Anatomy of A Win

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is focused on place because it is the environments in which we grow up, are educated, and work that determine our health outcomes. It is also where individuals find deep purpose and a sense of belonging. Strong communities are characterized by strong and dense relationship networks. These communities are resilient and can […]

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Poor white kids are less likely to go to prison than rich black kids

Originally published in The Washington Post, March 23rd, 2016. (Photo credit: Amy Cavenaile/The Washington Post; iStock) It’s a fact that people of color are worse off than white Americans in all kinds of ways, but there is little agreement on why. Some see those disparities as a consequence of racial discrimination in schools, the courts and the workplace, both in the past and […]

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Our Mission

The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for under-served individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. We don’t focus on prescriptions. We focus on fixing broken systems and outdated policies, ensuring the balance of power is with the people. We don’t […]

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About Building Healthy Communities

Health Happens when all of us matter. Building Healthy Communities partners are changing the odds so that every Californian gets a chance at a long, healthy life by addressing the causes of poor health. Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10 year, $1 billion comprehensive community initiative launched by The California Endowment in 2010 to […]

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Our Leadership

ROBERT K. ROSS President and Chief Executive Officer Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in July 2000, Dr. Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for […]

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