FCHIP News and Opportunities

November 2015 marks one year since we launched the Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership (FCHIP). Congratulations to all who have invested in our progress towards a healthy Fresno County!

In just one year, FCHIP has grown to almost 300 members! Over the past year, FCHIP has gained traction in the community, with many people outside the collaboration recognizing and talking about our existence and work.  This has also lead to new and potential partners being referred to us.

Eight FCHIP Workgroups are leading the process of creating our Community Health Improvement Plan.  The leadership team has recently expanded to include all the Co-Chairs of the FCHIP Workgroups.

FCHIP Workgroups

All are welcome to participate. If you would like to join a workgroup, please contact Scott Bier at or one of the Workgroup Co-Chairs.

Alignment of Health Assessments Workgroup
Working to align data collection and assessment processes of hospital, public health and healthcare partners into one comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment.
Facilitators:  Ivonne Der Torosian and Lynne Ashbeck

Pre to 3 Workgroup
Working to ensure all Fresno families have access to comprehensive resources that support health and wellness from preconception to age three.
Facilitators: Donna DeRoo and Gail Newel

Health Literacy Workgroup
Exploring ways to prevent and manage disease through health literacy. The group has defined the characteristics of health literacy and is exploring current measures and efforts to improve “Informed Utilization of Health Care” and “Proactive Preventative Care.”
Facilitators: Sara Bosse and Eric Linville

Land Use and Planning Workgroup 
Developing a data map system that highlights selected health indicators for poorly performing census tracts. Joined by partners interested in PA promotion, next steps are to develop recommendations for improving conditions in census tracts identified in the data map.
Facilitators: Keith Bergthold and Joe Prado

Diabetes Collaborative Workgroup 
Exploring the diabetes epidemic in our community and the impacts of the disease on individuals and families, identifying available resources, and reaffirming our commitment to more strategically intervene with this disease across our community.
Facilitators: Lynne Ashbeck and Wendy Duncan

Farm to Table Workgroup 
Working to increase access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables to residents of low income and low access areas.
Facilitators:  Leila Gholamrezaei-Eha and Richard Kalashian

Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Workgroup 
Focusing on the link between the store environment and community health, the group is currently working to reduce storefront advertising.
Facilitators: Jennifer Acidera and Yami Rodriguez

Community Conversations (Mental Health) 
Exploring alignment with work being done by the Community Conversations group.
Facilitators: Lynne Ashbeck and Ivonne Der Torosian

Our next FCHIP Quarterly Meeting is fast approaching!
Join us January 13, 2016 from 11:30 to 1:30 at UC Merced, Fresno Center.
550 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710

~ We are looking for a sponsor for lunch ~ 
If anyone would like to provide lunch, please contact Scott or Sara.

Preparing for 2016!

Based on the input of FCHIP members, the leadership team has created a list of goals (items) to be the focus of the next year:
  • Infrastructure for FCHIP will be solidified and leadership will seek funding.
  • Tools for internal communication will be improved.
  • Tools for external communication will be established.
  • Engagement of stakeholders will be increased (community input).
  • Each Workgroup will choose one focal area.
  • There will be an early win!
  • Metrics will be established.

Collaboration Tools

With help from the generous donation from Dr. Kelvin Higa, the FCHIP website is under construction. Check it out!
Thank you Dr. Higa!


Health Department staff have used a "sticky wall" for facilitating some of the FCHIP meetings.  Here is where partners can order one for themselves.

In September 2014, FCDPH received a Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant from the CDC.  PICH is a three-year initiative that supports public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control healthcare spending.  Fresno County PICH works with community-based organizations, schools, businesses, and local cities to make healthy living easier and more affordable.

The Public Health Institute (PHI) was selected as lead contractor and has assembled a team that is working hard to ensure the success of the initiative.

Clinica Sierra Vista
Every Neighborhood Partnership
Food Commons Fresno
Fresno Metro Ministries
Youth Leadership Institute

UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative: California (PTBi-CA)

The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative – California (PTBi-CA) is an innovative multi-year research initiative funded by Lynne and Marc Benioff that aims to better understand chronic stressors and protective factors in mothers and babies, particularly among low income African American women and Latinas in San Francisco, Alameda, and Fresno counties who are at increased risk for preterm birth.  The Central California Center for Health and Human Services at Fresno State was announced as Fresno's PTBI Collective Impact Backbone Organization.

he PTBi-CA is hiring for the position of Program Director. The Program Director position will serve as the PTBi-CA's programmatic and administrative leader to operationalize the Initiative's place-based research and implementation goals to reduce disparities in preterm birth rates and maternal-child health outcomes.  Details of the position can be found at UCSF Careers, or you can follow the link to view the flier.

Highlighting public health issues and ways to improve personal, family, neighborhood, and community health.
Dr. Ken Bird, County Health Officer

December - Health and Mental Health Inequities
November - Reducing Preterm Birth in Fresno County
October - Get the Lead Out of Fresno

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