News Release| Pat Brown Institute; Cal State L.A.


The California Endowment provides funding for Pat Brown Institute’s
California Agenda public policy forums


Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. is awarded a $290,864 grant
support dialogue and civic engagement about
health policy issues
impacting Fresno and Kern counties


Los Angeles, CA — To help improve health outcomes
throughout the Central Valley,

California Endowment
(TCE) recently awarded a
$290,864 grant to the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public
Affairs (PBI)
at California State University, Los Angeles.

The grant will support

Public Policy Education Program and allow PBI to work closely with TCE’s
Building Healthy Community Groups (BHC) to convene California Agenda
public policy forums in Fresno and Kern counties, so that multi-sector
stakeholders from the area can participate in dialogue about critical
health policy issues impacting the neighborhoods.. 

is important to us that we act as a convener for stakeholders and, more
importantly, that we can contribute to awareness of important policy
issues impacting quality of life,” said PBI Executive Director Dr.
Raphael Sonenshein. “I know former Governor Pat Brown would have been
proud PBI is spreading its wings to the Central Valley.”

PBI will create a Community Advisory Board
consisting of stakeholders from Fresno and Kern counties. The Institute
will solicit their expertise on identifying health-related policy issues
of importance, speakers and additional matters, in order to hold four
public policy forums annually that attract a diverse audience of
community leaders. 

reach a wider audience and increase the visibility of each forum, PBI
will distribute public policy forum briefs after each event that
describe and assess the issue discussed and include viable
recommendations and strategic actions that contribute toward improving
health outcomes throughout the Central Valley. 

will also prepare the State of the San Joaquin Valley Region Report,
which will utilize current demographic data and research related to
major health policy issues impacting Central California. 

project will culminate with the 21st annual California Policy
Issues Conference in 2013, where elected public officials, scholars,
policy and decision makers, community leaders, BHC leaders and local
youth converge and address the most pressing topics impacting the area
as illuminated by the forum series.    

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