F.Chat - 2016 No. 3

FCHIP News and Opportunities
Spring is in the air!  With spring comes lots of events and activities in our community!  Read on to get updates and information on our various workgroups, programs, initiatives and more!

FCHIP Summer Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, June 8 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
UC Merced Fresno Center - 550 E. Shaw Ave.
Lunch Provided by Community Regional Medical Center

Upcoming Workgroup Meetings

Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Workgroup
May 4 - 9:00 to 11:00 am

Health Literacy Workgroup
April 23 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm (meets on the fourth Monday of the month)

Pre to 3 Workgroup
May 12 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Diabetes Collaborative
May 19 - 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Farm to Table Workgroup
May 19 - 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.

Health Literacy and Empowerment
In 2015, the Health Literacy Workgroup developed the Health Literacy and Empowerment MATRIX which defines the characteristics and actions of a person who is able to achieve and maintain good health. This matrix is a useful frame for potential FCHIP work. It helps us understand and articulate the health disparities we need to eliminate in order for all Fresno County residents to achieve good health. Join the Health Literacy Workgroup to learn more about how we are using this tool to identify joint initiatives.  

Diabetes Collaborative
March 22, 2016 was the American Diabetes Association's "Diabetes Alert! Day."  The Diabetes Collaborative worked fast and furiously to put together a media campaign to highlight the growing diabetes crisis and to improve awareness of diabetes and prediabetes.  These efforts included spots on local news, a call center for diabetes information on the Alert Day, and a new website with information on local diabetes classes and programs,
Rx for Health: Trends Towards Coverage

As the PICH Rx for Health program continues to work with local managed care plans to add community based lifestyle change programs as covered benefits for its members, we are excited to share that the Obama administration plans to propose expanding Medicare to cover these programs too.  This article describes how a lifestyle change program for diabetes prevention saved Medicare “$2,650 for each person enrolled in the prevention program over 15 months, compared with similar beneficiaries not in the program.”  This trend towards prevention programs continues to grow and we hope will gain further traction in the central valley.  Additional details about the study can be found here.

For additional information regarding the Rx for Health Program, please visit our web site at Or contact Melanie Ruvalcaba at 559-600-6449 or via email at

How California's wealth of open data can empower communities and storytellers

by Andy Krackov

"Whenever they wanted to play outside, the kids who lived between Highway 41 and the Cargill meat processing plant in Fresno gathered at a vacant overgrown lot on Almy Street. Today that desolate lot has been transformed into a lively community playground and park — a new anchor in the neighborhood known as the 41 and North Corridor — because of community organizers who imagined new ways to use data and stories to make their case to local officials."

FREE Training and Volunteer Opportunity

Saint Agnes Medical Center is offering free training for volunteers who wish to become Certified Lay Leaders in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) created by Stanford University's Patient Education Research Center.

Application Deadline: May 27, 2016

English Training: June 27, 28, 29, and 30
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Spanish Training: July 12, 13, 14, and 15
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

To register, call 559-450-3770 or email

Flyer                     FAQ/Application

In partnership with The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation, the Center for Health Program Management will award a total of $120,000 to support advocacy-related capacity building and leadership development activities for youth-focused nonprofit organizations led by people of color serving in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley.Funding is open to youth-focused organizations working to eliminate health disparities that have an interest in increasing their organizational capacity to address issues of racial equity.

Application Deadline is May 2, 2016
Asthma Educator Certification

Educating professionals to provide care for asthma patients and families.

Register Today!

May 16-17, 2016
May 26-27, 2016
2016 SEHAC Annual School Symposium on Asthma
Friday, May 20th
8:30 am to 1:30 pm
The California Endowment, 1111 Broadway, 7th Floor, Oakland, CA
***This event is FREE***

Nurse CEUs and travel stipends available

Register Today!

Central California Asthma Collaborative and The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc. bring you the
"Breathe Easy" 5k Asthma Bubble Walk
on May 1, 2016 to raise awareness of this chronic disease.
There will be food, music, entertainment, amazing bubble show, and much more!
To register, or for more information, call (559) 493-5734, email, or check out the event online.
Job Opening!
Nurse, Staff
(job number 0300006325)
Fresno Unified School District

Closing Date: May 7, 2016

Qualifications and Job Information

or call 559-457-3301 for more information
Visit to find CSAs, Farmers Markets, and Farm Stands in your neighborhood!

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

Dr. Ken Bird, County Health Office

March - Poison Prevention
April - Syphilis in Fresno County 

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