Safe Routes for Our Kids: Community to School Walk Audit
On Friday, January 24, 2020 REACH staff, California Walks, Community members and more walked with Bear Creek Students living in the Kelley Drive community to school in an effort to highlight the dangers students face daily while walking to school. For more pictures please click here.
Rooted in Community: Moving from Trauma to Healing
Public Health Advocates hosted Rooted in Community: Moving from Trauma to Healing, our organizations first trauma-focused conference, on November 20-21 in Long Beach, Ca. This conference served to educate, inspire and equip over 257 health partners, educators and community activists to mobilize and bring healing to ourselves and the communities of color we serve.
One of the highlights of the conference was the youth panel “Resilient Youth: Harmed and Healing”. Our very own Faces of Resilience youth advocates, Timothy Vaughn and
Mackenzie Cook, did a phenomenal job speaking on the importance of trauma informed education and their personal experiences with trauma in the school system.
Black Family Day
On Monday, September 2nd, our Stockton REACH team celebrated Black Family Day by giving out infused water. We also had our Research Beacon with us as part of an interactive survey for community input for the most important aspects of local parks.
Girl Trek Kick-off Event
Tuesday, July 9
Screening of Soul Food Junkies
On Tuesday, June 11 REACH Staff screened the documentary Soul Food Junkies by Byron Hurt. This film follows Hurt as he seeks to learn more about soul food as a tradition and the relevance to black cultural identity. Hurt also begins to advocate communities to cook healthier versions of soul food, choose healthier options at supermarkets, avoid fast food and more.
After the film our audience broke into discussion groups, answered discussion questions and came back together for a group discussion. Dinner was provided and resources were distributed to all attendees.
Kelley Drive Community Block Party
On Saturday, May 18, 2019 PHAdvocates and REACH program staff partnered with Visionary Home Builders of California and The Amelia Ann Adams Whole Life Center to host a community block party for the residents of Kelley Drive in Stockton and additionally collaborated with community residents for the first time in the planning of this year’s event. The block party had music, free food catered by a local taco truck, resources to health services, raffle prizes, and fun family activities like basketball, an inflatable obstacle course. Even though the event ended early because of the rain, we had 312 registered community members attend and 22 vendors making this our largest community block party in the 4 years that we have hosted this event. This couldn’t have been done without our sponsors Health Plan of San Joaquin, Dignity Health, and First 5 of San Joaquin.
Congratulations to Maleny Linares for winning our grand prize, a new bike! Thank you once again to all our sponsors, vendors, donors and community members for creating such a special community event.