The CHE blog features articles that address different aspects of working towards achieving Health Equity. Check out the blog for stories of success, learning from failure, recommendations, new ideas, and other perspectives of people contributing towards our common goal.

Alcohol, Drugs, Depression, and Trauma: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women

"No Longer Alone – Alcohol, Drugs, Depression and Trauma: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women." This resource, available in Spanish and English, tells the stories of three women with substance abuse and mental health problems who have received treatment and improved their quality of life. Featuring flashbacks, the fotonovela is culturally relevant and designed to dispel myths around behavioral health disorders.

More information can be found HERE



2014 is here!

Since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, there has been a buzz about 2014, the ACA implementation deadline. The past few years have been filled with a fast-paced, and sometimes frantic, push to integrate primary care, substance use disorders, and mental health services; to establish and successfully implement the CA Benefits Exchange; and to enroll California's newly eligible populations. It has been an exciting and challenging time that has brought many changes to the public health and mental health care systems.

To find out more information about enrolling in the Exchange, please visit Covered CA.

The new year brings new hope and promise. We can work together to ensure that this hope and promise bring health and wellness to California's un-served and underserved racial and ethnic communities.

Cheers to 2014!


MIT Study – Benefits of Placemaking

Small scale and personal approaches to placemaking can transform communities

In an article on dc.streetsblog.org, planner/advocate Angie Schmitt describes the transformative initiative StreetsAlive, during which a three-mile loop between downtown Fargo, North Dakota and nearby Moorhead, Minnesota is transformed. For two Sundays every summer, the open streets event StreetsAlive draws between 6,000 and 8,000 people — on bikes, sneakers and rollerblades — into the space that is normally occupied by cars. The event appears to helping to educate the public about the benefits of non-motorized transportation.

 “Placemaking” activities, defined the author as the “deliberate shaping of an environment to facilitate social interaction and improve a community’s quality of life” – have important benefits that last far beyond when the street barriers are packed up and traffic returns, according to a new report by Susan Silberberg and her research team at MIT. The report — Places in the Making: How Placemaking Builds Places and Communities — find the process can be even more important than the results.

Exciting projects and outcomes are discussed HERE.