F.Chat - 2017 No. 4

FCHIP News and Opportunities
Welcome to the Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership newsletter!  Your source for FCHIP and partner news, information, and updates.
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FCHIP is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $40,000 grant (over two years) from the Public Health Institute (PHI) for technical assistance.  As a grantee we will participate in  a CA Accountable Community of Health Learning Collaborative (CACHI) cohort of 10 CACHI Accelerator sites.  An additional six organizations were awarded bigger pots of implementation funds and are called the CACHI Catalyst sites. PHI will guide and support us as we develop a shared understanding of our strengths, capacities and gaps across sectors. Watch for more as this partnership progresses.

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

Diabetes Collaborative Workgroup
March 20 - 3:00 to 4:30 pm
April 17 - 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Pre to 3
April 13 - 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 Sue Kinkaid at 559-485-1416.

News and Events


Don’t miss "What's Cooking Fresno?" Multicultural Cooking Expos on April 2!  Click HERE to purchase individual tickets for EACH event at the Better Blackstone website.  You may also go directly to the EventBrite ticket pages  by clicking the dates above. The March Pop-up will be a Multicultural Soup Celebration and April will feature Stuffed, Wrapped and Rolled Delights!  There will also be Local Arts & Crafts, Cultural Performances, Vendors & Exhibitors and Entertainment by Cerro Negro!  Help us spread the word!
Across the country the movement for equity, community, and justice is growing. CA4Health believes that increased collaboration, fostering non-traditional partnerships, and tackling tough challenges together will create impactful, lasting change in California. It is in this spirit that we are excited to announce People.Power.Change!, a series of connected sessions to embody and bring this principle to life and to allow you to lead and add your voice for change.

Join us April 6th in Fresno, CA
10:00am to 4:00pm
Space is limited -  Register today for the Central CA package
Upon completion of the series, you and your cohort will:
  • Highlight and address your local and regional priorities and capitalize on opportunities to take action
  • Learn about the state legislative process
  • Take the lead on connecting with elected officials and other decision-makers
  • Utilize a variety of methods to share your voice and stories with elected officials
  • Build relationships locally and statewide
  • Have fun!
Registration closes March 30th. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stand together, speak out, and promote sustainable change for health, equity, and justice!

Visit the PEOPLE.POWER.CHANGE! site for more information

CA4Health, a Public Health Institute Program, made possible
with funding from The California Endowment
Next Action Forum – Friday, April 28, 2017

April TCM Talk:

"Examining our Pipeline: How are current education, justice and economic systems supporting our most vulnerable children and youth?"

Presented by Tia Martinez
Principal, Forward Change
Register Now!
Tia Elena Martinez has over 25 years’ experience working for social justice in low income communities and communities of color in the United States. Over the decades her work spanned a wide range of issues including K-12 education, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the war on drugs, homelessness, affordable housing, disconnected youth, and immigration. She is currently an independent consultant doing work on dismantling the school to prison pipeline and transforming life chances for boys and men of color. Prior to consulting, she was the Chief Equity Officer at the Stupski Foundation where she designed a R and D effort focused on applying knowledge from the psychology and neuroscience to help low income students and student of color own and drive their learning.

Tia came to the foundation from the Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley Law School, where she was acting director of education, leading a policy unit focused on issues related to education reform, teacher effectiveness, and racial justice. Prior to joining the Warren Institute, she served as strategic consultant to the Office for Civil Rights in the US Department of Education leading their strategic planning process and supporting rollout and implementation of the new strategy across 12 regional offices. Prior to working with the department, Tia was a senior manager with the Bridgespan Group where she led engagements with national foundations and major civil rights groups. She’s also been a senior fellow at the Hewlett Foundation, a policy analyst for the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the San Francisco Mayor's HIV Health Services Planning Council, and a street outreach worker.

Tia has an AB in History from Harvard University, a Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and a JD from Stanford Law School.

8:30am to 10:30am - TCM Talk and Updates
10:30am to 11am - Networking

550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno
UC Merced Building, Inyo/Kern Room

Register Now!


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. 


Rape Counseling Services of Fresno
Sexual Assault Advocate (Firebaugh) - The Sexual Assault Advocate position provides crisis intervention and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault in Fresno County
Educator - The Educator will be responsible for the development and fulfillment of RCS Fresno's rape prevention education activities; including community engagement and mobilization prevention strategies in West Fresno County

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

Dr. Ken Bird, County Health Officer

December - Climate Change
February - Harm Reduction in Fresno County

Pillars of Public Health

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