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Putting Youth on the Map (PYOM) is a powerful information resource for youth and adults working to ensure youth well-being in California.

The link address is: http://interact.regionalchange.ucdavis.edu/youth/


The Regional Opportunity Index (ROI) is a new index of community and regional opportunity for California.

The link address is: http://interact.regionalchange.ucdavis.edu/roi/index.html

Map Collection

The CRC creates and sustains a rich collection of maps highlighting social justice issues at the community, county, and statewide level. Please credit the UC Davis Center for Regional Change when referencing these maps. This collection is a work in progress. If you have questions about maps not listed below please contact the CRC.

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CA San Joaquin Valley Jan 2017 (1).pdf — PDF document, 3430 kB (3512751 bytes)

CA San Joaquin Valley Jan 2017 (1).pdf — PDF document, 3430 kB (3512751 bytes)

A Region and Its Children Under Stress

California’s San Joaquin Valley: A Region and Its Children Under Stress is a new report commissioned by the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Sierra Health Foundation, and prepared by the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.

To enrich the report, CRC collaborated with the Pan Valley Institute and UC Cooperative Extension to engage with residents and advocates working with and on behalf of Valley communities to learn about their experiences and priorities for policy and systems change.


Children flourish when their physical, emotional and intellectual needs are met, but for many children in the San Joaquin Valley, these basic necessities are lacking. With high rates of poverty and large concentrations of immigrants and non-citizens, the San Joaquin Valley is a place where children are more likely to have inadequate access to healthy food, to live in communities with unsafe drinking water and harmful air pollution, to face discriminatory policies and practices in schools that disproportionately impact children of color, and to be exposed to violence in their neighborhoods.

Repeated exposure to adversities can produces toxic levels of stress that can have negative and long-lasting effects on learning, behavior and health. At the same time, a wide range of community organizations and residents are working to mobilize local strengths to address these challenges, providing new opportunities for achieving improvements in child well-being in the region.

Report Highlights

Economy and environment: One in three children in the region live in poverty, and in some counties, nearly half of all children live in neighborhoods with high poverty rates; tap water is unsafe to drink for students in one in four schools; and more than one in four children don't have regular access to nutritious foods.

Youth opportunity: San Joaquin Valley children ages 10-17 face a greater risk of ending up in jail, with the felony juvenile arrest rate higher in every SJV county than the statewide average.  There are also significant disparities in educational opportunities and performance between the diverse racial and ethnic populations in the Valley.

The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund strengthens the capacity of communities and organizations in the San Joaquin Valley to improve health and well-being by advancing programs and policy changes that promote community health and health equity for all.


Equity on the Mall – State Capitol – February 9, 2017

When more than 1,000 people showed up at the Capitol to call for social and health equity in the region, politicians took notice.  The day, called Equity on the Mall, highlighted the inspiring work of community advocates and leaders across the San Joaquin Valley.  It also served as the public launch of The San Joaquin Valley: A Region and its Children Under Stress.  Elected officials speaking at the event included, Senator Richard Pan,, Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly member Joaquin Arambula, and Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs.


Selected Media Coverage

Stockton RecordNet: “Report: Too Many Valley Children Living in Poverty”

Hoy Los Angeles: “Miles de niños del Valle San Joaquín California sufren pobreza, dice informe”

Telemundo Sacramento: “Asuntos Migratorios”

Video of the report presentation in the Capitol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSBbZr2zgq0

For full media coverage, CLICK HERE.

The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund strengthens the capacity of communities and organizations in the San Joaquin Valley to improve health and well-being by advancing programs and policy changes that promote community health and health equity for all.

Keeping Our Promise: A Guide to Evaluation in Sacramento's Promise Zone

In April 2015, Sacramento received the federal Promise Zone designation awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which created a 10-year partnership between federal, state, and local agencies to address the needs of distressed communities. This places the City of Sacramento among 22 jurisdictions nationwide awarded the federal Promise Zone designation. In support of these efforts, the Center for Regional Change partnered with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) and Converge Consulting, Research & Training to develop an evaluation guide for the work being conducted within the Promise Zone.

Taking into consideration the varying levels of capacity and resources among Promise Zone partners, this guidebook provides evaluation options, tools and resources, and guidance on “next steps” to track progress over the life of the initiative. With a focus on continuous learning and improvement, evaluation can strengthen the effectiveness of Promise Zone activities and understand how to create positive change for residents living in Sacramento.




Sac PZ executive summary

Executive Summary_v2_5.1.17.pdf — PDF document, 281 kB (287980 bytes)

Complete Toolkit

Complete Toolkit_5.8.17_fillable forms.pdf — PDF document, 222 kB (227984 bytes)

Sac Basemap v1.pdf — PDF document, 1774 kB (1817011 bytes)

SacPZ Guidebook FINAL_5.18.17 (reduced).pdf — PDF document, 7212 kB (7386039 bytes)

Complete Toolkit_5.18.17_fillable forms.pdf — PDF document, 251 kB (257737 bytes)

London et al_Weaving Comm Univ Partnerships.pdf — PDF document, 169 kB (173831 bytes)

Weaving Community-University Research and Action Partnerships for Environmental Justice

This article is a case study of one Community-University Research and Action Partnership (CURAP) focused on soil lead, urban gardening, and environmental justice in Sacramento, California.  We argue that creating and sustaining CURAPs requires a process of weaving together diverse strands of knowledge, resources, and lines of accountability that connect all parties involved.  Like the physical process of weaving fabric, weaving CURAPs involve creative and collaborative uses and responses to tension between all elements of a partnership.  This is especially true in long-term partnerships intended to address systemic environmental injustices.  This case highlights the power relationships and challenges associated with such partnerships and presents several lessons to enrich the scholarship and practices of action research.


Building Equitable Student Transit (BEST)

BESTAffordable, convenient, and reliable transportation is fundamentally important to school success. Although prior generations of students relied on the iconic yellow bus for school travel, ongoing budget cuts have led to service being curtailed or eliminated across California school districts. Public transit systems are likely to play an increasingly important role in school access in this environment, but little is known about how well existing systems work to get students to school and the types of student populations that are well-served.

In work generously funded by The California Endowment, CRC-affiliated faculty members Nancy Erbstein and Alex Karner have been filling this research gap and expanding Dr. Erbstein’s prior investigation of chronic absence in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). The first phase of research was conducted in collaboration with the SCUSD, the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), and community advocates in both locations.

The studies identify how well public transit systems in the two districts function to link students to neighborhood schools, examined disparities in access to high-quality transit, and identified neighborhoods with particularly high needs for public transit service. They employ publicly available data on transit routes and schedules and confidential student-level record data including student residence and school locations, demographics, and performance.

Questions identified by stakeholders in each district also shaped specific research directions. In SCUSD, the research team investigated the effects of elementary school closures on travel distance to school, and in the SDUSD they examined the relationship between student performance and attendance at non-neighborhood schools. Future work will involve detailed surveys to determine the factors affecting how students choose to get to school and the barriers they face in making that journey.

Three research briefs for each district summarize findings. Please click the links below to view each brief.



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