A new Central California Public Health Consortium has been formed by public health directors, health officers, academicians and hospital administrators in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquín, and Tulare counties.
"The consortium provides a forum to explore and exchange ideas and information and to develop strategies for addressing pressing public health issues faced by the counties and the region," said Dr. Marlene Bengiamin of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State.
The institute is housed within the university's College of Health and Human Services.
The consortium's mission is to provide leadership for a regional health agenda that addresses the social factors that determine the health outcomes of San Joaquin Valley residents. The consortium will be engaged in strategic planning, training, action-oriented policy development and research to improve the quality and responsiveness of public health programs in the region.
Details: (559) 228-2167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does your culture mean to our community? That's the question being posed to Valley residents in the 'My Culture/Our Community' video contest.
ValleyPBS byYou and Valley Cultural Coalition (VCC) present this video contest celebrating the Valley's rich cultural diversity. Three cash awards will be provided for the top-three best video submissions answering the question: "What does your culture mean to our community?"
One grand prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 at the VCC Annual Conference. Two runners up will each be awarded a cash prize of $250.
The contest is open to Central Valley residents from Merced to Kern counties through Sept. 28. Winners will be announced Oct. 12.
Contest guidelines are available in print at ValleyPBS, 1544 Van Ness Ave., Fresno, CA 93721.
Valley students visit D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Four students from the Central Valley participated in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's second annual High School Latino Leaders in D.C. program last week.
Breanna DeLeón, a student at Hoover High School in Fresno; Daniela Ceja, of Planada, and a student at Le Grand High School; Pedro Gómez, a student at Sunnyside High School in Fresno; and Leo González, a student at Merced High School in Merced were among 40 low-income high school students from nine metropolitan areas across the country who visited the nation's capital to learn about how the federal government works, meet important leaders, visit historic sites and develop a deeper understanding how they can create change in their communities.
Profesionales compiten por $15,000
IRVINE -- Verizon Wireless nombrará nombrará a un latino profesional como el Empresario Latino del Año Verizon, 2012. El ganador recibirá premios en efectivo, teléfonos y servicios valorados en más de $15,000, entre los que se incluyen cinco smartphones y servicios de voz y de datos gratis por un año.
Verizon anunciará el ganador el 1 de noviembre de 2012 en el Museo de Arte Latinoamericano en Long Beach.
El plazo de inscripción para ser nominado estará abierto hasta el 28 de septiembre de 2012.
Clinic earns Kaiser grants
FRESNO -- United Health Centers of the San Joaquín Valley recently received two grants from Kaiser Permanente to help the community health center connect about 80,000 low-income residents with health resources.
A $60,000 grant will help the health center set up a system with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to share data and make referrals. A separate $50,000 grant will allow the health center to enhance services for diabetic patients through group classes and outreach to individuals who are not keeping up with their treatment plans.
"This is something that we've been wanting to do, but just haven't had the funding in place to make it happen," Norma Macedo, director of special projects for United Health Centers, said in a statement. "With this funding, we will be better equipped to serve our patients."
Perea seeks nominations
FRESNO -- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, is accepting nominations for the 31st Assembly District's Hispanic Heritage Awards.
Nominees should be a person who has made a significant contribution to their community with notable accomplishment over the past year and has not previously been recognized.
Nominees will be honored at a ceremony in September. Please feel free include letters of recommendation and/or newspaper articles that support your nominee.
Nomination deadline is Aug. 31. Online applications are available at www.asmdc.org/perea.
Details: Erica Cabrera at (559) 445-5532 or Erica.Cabrera@asm.ca.gov.
Medical center holds open house
DINUBA -- Community members can tour the new Adventist Medical Plaza-Dinuba during an open house Wednesday (Aug.1.)
In addition to interactive tours, the event will feature health and fitness activities, refreshments and free health screenings from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 444. W. El Monte Way.