Powered by Women—Bernadette Austin

December 06, 2017

She has a background in health care, an expertise in public finance and a passion for achieving community improvement through funding strategies, but the metaphor that best illustrates Bernadette Austin's current role comes from a children's fable.

Development and Application of an Integrated Health Impacts Assessment Tool for the Sacramento Region

November 30, 2017

Federal transportation authorizations require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to identify and track key indicators of system performance (e.g. collision rates, emissions, congestion) to ensure that they are stewarding public funds wisely to meet specific goals related to safety, environmental performance, and congestion mitigation, among other areas. Research has shown that living in areas where walking and bicycling are convenient leads to greater use of those modes, which can lead to improved health outcomes due to increases in physical activity.

Center for Regional Change Annual Report

September 29, 2017

It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since the launch of the Center for Regional Change. This decade has certainly been a time of tremendous change within the CRC, the campus, and the world as a whole. There is much to celebrate, and there are many social, political, economic, and environmental challenges that make our work all the more crucial.

Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions Initiative

September 04, 2017

The study (2008-2011) focused on the assessing the well-being of young people ages 12 to 24 in nine counties of the Sacramento region. It was the first study in the nation to examine youth health and well-being on a regional scale and across multiple issues (physical and mental health, education, employment and civic engagement). It documents disparities in resources and opportunities available to the region’s youth based on their geographic location, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, immigration status and other factors.

Healthy Youths Healthy Regions

Farm Bill Requests Abound at California Listening Session

August 15, 2017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program received a lot of support at a farm bill listening session held in Modesto, California, as hunger advocates and academics from the state's Central Valley urged House lawmakers to protect and even expand the program to benefit families, food banks, farmers markets and California fruit and vegetable growers... Denise Hunt, a registered nurse and representative on the Stanislaus County Children and Families Commission, cited data showing high rates of children in poverty on the San Joaquin Valley.

Weaving Community - University Research and Action Partnerships for Environmental Justice

August 01, 2017

This article is a case study of one Community-University Research and Action Partnership (CURAP) focused on soil lead, urban gardening, and environmental justice in Sacramento, California.  We argue that creating and sustaining CURAPs requires a process of weaving together diverse strands of knowledge, resources, and lines of accountability that connect all parties involved.  Like the physical process of weaving fabric, weaving CURAPs involve creative and collaborative uses and responses to tension between all elements of a partnership.

Chronic Absence in the Sacramento City Unified School District

May 01, 2017

Chronic school absence is associated with a number of poor outcomes for students, schools and communities. Since 2012, CRC-affiliated faculty member Nancy Erbstein and CRC staff (currently Stacy Shwartz-Olagundoye) have worked with the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and other community groups to understand and address the causes of chronic school absenteeism. Together, they have generated a series of briefs aimed at quantifying and analyzing the problem, and pilot ways to reduce chronic absenteeism in the SCUSD district and beyond.

Building Equitable Student Transit (BEST)

May 01, 2017

Affordable, convenient, and reliable transportation is fundamentally important to school success. Although prior generations of students relied on the iconic yellow bus for school travel, ongoing budget cuts have led to service being curtailed or eliminated across California school districts. Public transit systems are likely to play an increasingly important role in school access in this environment, but little is known about how well existing systems work to get students to school and the types of student populations that are well-served.

Keeping Our Promise: A Guide to Evaluation in Sacramento's Promise Zone

April 01, 2017

In April 2015, Sacramento received the federal Promise Zone designation awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which created a 10-year partnership between federal, state, and local agencies to address the needs of distressed communities. This places the City of Sacramento among 22 jurisdictions nationwide awarded the federal Promise Zone designation.