F.Chat - 2016 No. 8

FCHIP News and Opportunities
Welcome to the most recent edition of Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership newsletter!  Your source for FCHIP and partner news, information, and updates.
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Accepting Resumes for the FCHIP Program Director
The Program Director will lead the development, expansion, and sustainability of the FCHIP through its many and varied network and partnership development efforts to achieve meaningful and lasting improvement in personal and population health outcomes through the alignment and measurement of current and future health related initiatives in Fresno County. The role of the Program Director is to perform the following functions:
  • Shepherd FCHIP's strategy development and guide implementation
  • Serve as FCHIP's organizational ambassador and build public will
  • Draw connections across FCHIP and between FCHIP's work and other initiatives in the community
  • Develop materials for and facilitate Core Leadership Team, Steering Committee, and FCHIP Quarterly meetings
  • Develop and work towards a development and sustainability plan for FCHIP, including Wellness Fund, identifying and applying for grant support, and establishing ongoing revenue sources

The Program Director will deliver on these responsibilities by working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders including hospitals, community clinics, physicians, funders, universities, churches, businesses, public agencies, and community-based organizations. The Program Director will manage and be supported by up to three additional staff members, and will engage with FCHIP’s leadership group, known as the Steering Committee, on an on-going basis.

 FCHIP Program Director

For more information visit:

FCHIP Fall Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, October 19 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
UC Merced Fresno Center - 550 E. Shaw Ave.
Lunch Provided by The Hospital Council

Upcoming Workgroup Meetings

Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Workgroup
November 2 - 9:00 to 11:00 am

Health Literacy Workgroup
October 24 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Pre to 3 Workgroup
October 13 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Diabetes Collaborative
October 17 - 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Farm to Table Workgroup
November 17 - 9:00 to 10:30 am


If you would like more information on a particular workgroup, to be added the contact list, or to attend a specific meeting, please send your request to or call Scott Bier at 559-600-6449.

Request for Proposals

The Fresno County Department of Public Health (Department) is requesting proposals from qualified agencies to provide community engagement services to improve the nutritional status and prevent obesity among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) eligible residents (≤185% federal poverty level) and other individuals living in six targeted low-income neighborhoods in partnership with the Department’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program (NEOP).

Funding is available for one to five contractors and is provided with support from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) SNAP-Ed. The CDPH Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) has allocated funding to the Department from January 1, 2017 – September 30, 2019. The mission of NEOPB is to create innovative partnerships that empower low-income Californians to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet related chronic diseases. Serving as the lead grantee for the California Department of Public Health NEOPB, the Department has identified the following overarching community change goals that are aligned with the State’s goals to facilitate building and improving policies, systems, and environments (PSE) that empower residents to make healthy decisions in order to improve their health status:
  • Increase access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Increase access to and consumption of healthy beverages.
  • Increase physical activity rates and opportunities.
  • Increase school-based wellness strategies and PSE changes.

The NEOP targeted neighborhoods are in Kerman, Lowell, Parlier, Reedley, Sanger, and West Fresno.  Successful bidders will also be required to implement their identified scope of work component(s) in all six neighborhoods with the exception of School Wellness, which will only be implemented in Kerman, Reedley, Sanger and Parlier Unified School Districts.    

Fresno County RFPs
TCM Talk: Why are our babies being born at risk, and what are the implications for Fresno County?

September 30, 2016 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Presented by Dr. Gail Newel
Consultant, Preterm Birth Initiative

Skills to Build Healthy Neighborhoods

November 15
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

This short, one-day workshop is designed for you and/or a small team to gain new tools for neighborhood engagement.

Morning Session: Learn an asset-based approach.
Afternoon Session: Walk away with a game plan.


For more information:
Keith Bergthold - 559-485-1416 or
Fresno County Office of Education's Career Tech Expo
October 19, 2016

Business Partner/Training Program Registration
California Nutrition Incentive Grant Program Request for Proposal

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Office of Farm to Fork is currently accepting proposals for the 2017 California Nutrition Incentive Program. The purpose of these grants is to encourage the purchase and consumption of healthy, California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables by CalFresh recipients. 

Total state grant funding for all 2017 project proposals will not exceed $3 million.

CDFA is seeking project proposals from qualified entities (Farmers Markets) in a competitive process to distribute incentives at Certified Farmers’ Markets throughout California. Successful applicants will be included as project partners in CDFA’s proposal to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program.

Who Can Apply:
(a) Certified Farmers’ Market
(b) An association of certified producers
(c) Nonprofit organization representing a collective or association of certified producers that is authorized by USDA to accept SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets.

Deadline:  Applications must be submitted by email to, no later than Friday, October 14, 5:00P.M. PST.

Further information on the grant program, including timeline and application criteria, are available at:

New CDC state maps show many Americans still struggle with obesity

The CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity released its 2015 state- and territory-specific maps on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

The 2015 state data maps show that the proportion of adults with obesity in the United States continues to remain high.  Estimates across states vary and range from 20.2% in Colorado to 36.2% in Louisiana. 

New state data maps
Public Health Institute
Project Manager for Cultiva La Salud
Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership
Program Director

Highlighting public health issues and ways to improve personal, family, neighborhood, and community health.

Dr. Ken Bird, County Health Office

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