F.Chat - 2017 No. 1

FCHIP News and Opportunities
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership newsletter!  Your source for FCHIP and partner news, information, and updates.


FCHIP Welcomes First Program Director - Sue Kincaid, MS
Sue brings a heart for building a healthier Fresno as well as expertise in nonprofit management, and program and fund development. After 12 years living and working in the Washington D.C. area and 18 years in the Midwest, Sue and her husband returned home to Fresno in 2012.
Over the past two years, Sue has worked with Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief as the Grant Specialist and Director of Development where she helped launch AMOR’s strategic vision and plan for their Westside Wellness and Enrichment Center to serve families in Mendota and the surrounding rural communities.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the many passionate and committed people collaborating to transform health outcomes in Fresno County. Their work has been an inspiration and I look forward to the opportunity to build on this great work that is making our city and county a better and healthier place to live.”

As the FCHIP Director, Sue is tasked with leading the development, expansion, and sustainability of FCHIP.  The goal is to achieve meaningful and lasting improvement in personal and population health outcomes through the alignment and measurement of health related initiatives in Fresno County.
Her role will be to perform the following functions:
  • Shepherd FCHIP’s strategy development and facilitate 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 the Core Leadership Team, Steering Committee, and FCHIP quarterly meetings. 
  • Develop and work towards a development and sustainability plan for FCHIP, including a Wellness Fund, identifying and applying for grant support, and establishing ongoing revenue sources. 
This is an important milestone for FCHIP and opens the door to take the partnership to the next level of developing a sustainable partnership with measurable outcomes.
Visit to learn more.
To become involved, contact one of the Workgroup co-leaders listed here:
Contact Sue Kincaid beginning January 30, 2017 at:
Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership (FCHIP)
Fresno Metro Ministry (Backbone)
4270 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93727
(559) 485-1416
Phone: (559) 485-1416


FCHIP Spring Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, March 29 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
UC Merced Fresno Center - 550 E. Shaw Ave.
Lunch Provided by CalViva Health

Upcoming Workgroup Meetings

Health Literacy and Empowerment Workgroup
February 27 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Land Use and Planning Workgroup
February 8 - 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Diabetes Collaborative Workgroup
February 27 - 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Pre to 3
February 9 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
March 9 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm

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.

News and Events

Every Neighborhood Partnership

Neighborhoods Asset Mapping Meeting

Every Neighbor Partnership is convening a gathering, hosted by H Spees, about the partners currently working in City of Fresno neighborhoods.

Tuesday, January 31 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.
1719 L Street, Fresno, 93721

ENP would like organizations to send 1 representative to speak about what they are doing in specific neighborhoods.

Contact Artie Padilla at 559-250-6860 if you have any questions.

Announcing an ATP Technical Assistance Opportunity!

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is excited to announce that they will be offering free technical assistance to five disadvantaged communities in California this year, helping them get ready to apply for funding from the Active Transportation Program in a future cycle. The selection process will be competitive and we will be issuing an open Call for Projects on Wednesday, January 25. They will begin working with these communities this spring and continue for about 18 months. We will send out an announcement once the application is available,. Contact Bill Sadler, California Senior Policy Manager, at  if you have any questions, and be on the lookout for the announcement next week!


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. 


The request for applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which includes Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).  The FMPP provides funds for direct farmer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism.  Over the past 10 years, the FMPP has awarded more than 870 grants totaling over $58 million.  The successful results of these investments are summarized in the Farmers Market Promotion Program 2016 Report.  The LFPP supports projects focused on intermediary supply chain activities for local food businesses.  LFPP was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase funding for marketing activities such as aggregation, processing, storage, and distribution of local foods.

The FSMIP provides about $1 million in matching funds to state departments of agriculture, state colleges and universities, and other appropriate state agencies.  Funds will support research projects to address challenges and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. agricultural products domestically and internationally.

AMS will host a webinar for potential FMPP and LFPP grant applicants on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and a teleconference for potential FSMIP grant applicants on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. 

For more information about FSMIP, FMPP and LFPP, visit:  The website also contains a link to a grants decision tree, "What AMS Grant is Right for ME?”, to help applicants determine which AMS grant fits their project best. 

The grant applications for FSMIP, FMPP and LFPP must be submitted electronically through  by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, March 27, 2017. 

Youth Leadership Institute
Program Coordinator

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