Fresno

Background

Background

The central, southeast, and southwest Fresno neighborhoods that make up the Fresno Building Healthy Communities (Fresno BHC) site are the historical center of the City of Fresno.  With a population exceeding 90,000, the area incorporated in Fresno BHC has its share of challenges including high levels of poverty, unemployment, gang violence, and high rates of obesity and asthma that exceed statewide averages.

In spite of its challenges, Fresno BHC and its partners are turning the tide on multiple fronts, from securing health care for undocumented immigrants to repairing the fractured community-police relations. Day by day, the balance of power is shifting to the people and the result is a healthier Fresno for all.

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • Fresno is a landing place for many waves of immigrants, including Hmong, Cambodian, and Lao refugees. As a result, more than 100 languages are spoken in Fresno City.
  • 43.4 percent of the community falls below the poverty line.
  • 22 percent are unemployed.
  • 62.8 percent have less than a high school education.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Residents and partners in Fresno BHC are driving change across many systems and issues. The map below gives a snapshot of the breadth of their actions (click the boxes under each category to learn more), followed by more information on their top three priorities for the coming year.

Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
  • Discipline Policies and Practices
  • Youth Leadership
  • School Policing
  • Parent Engagement
  • Sons and Brothers/BMOC
  • Restorative Justice Practices
  • Local Control Funding Formula
Comprehensive Supports
Health Happens in Schools
Comprehensive Supports

• Health Career Pathways

Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
  • General Plan Updates
  • Recreational Facilities and Green Space
  • Abandon Homes/Slumlord Ordinance
Community and Economic Development
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Community and Economic Development
  • Usury/Payday Lending Ordinance
Environmental Health and Justice
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Environmental Health and Justice
  • Air Quality
  • Industrial/Rendering Plants
Systems that Restore and Heal
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Systems that Restore and Heal
  • Trauma Informed Healing
  • Restorative Practices
  • Juvenile Justice
    • Victim Offender
    • Restorative Justice Diversion
    • Systems Reform
  • Law Enforcement
    • Trauma Response and Restorative Justice
    • Community Relations
  • Violence Interruption
  • Ceasefire
  • Night Walks/Life Healing Campaign
Healthy Youth Opportunities
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Healthy Youth Opportunities
  • Public Funding for Youth
  • Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership
  • Career Pathways/Job Training
  • Healing Restorative Justice
Health Happens in Prevention
Coverage, Care and Community Prevention
Health Happens in Prevention
Coverage, Care and Community Prevention
  • ACA Education and Outreach
  • Medi-Cal and ACA Enrollment
  • Healthcare Access Policy and Advocacy
  • Systems for Remaining Uninsured
  • Community Health Centers

 

  • #Health4AllFresnans:  A campaign to save the health care safety net for undocumented people excluded from the Affordable Care Act. Fresno BHC and its partners secured Board of Supervisors support for a short-term program for undocumented Fresnans and we’re fighting to make the win permanent.
  • #OneHealthyFresno:  An initiative shaping how Fresno will grow and where investment will go through the city’s General Plan Update. They aim to bring resources to areas in Fresno BHC so that every Fresno resident can thrive. Additionally, this campaign builds positive relationships between the community and the Police Department to create safe environments that support our health.
  • Schools Action Team: Works to ensure that the $15 million additional dollars the District is expected to receive from Fair School Funding is invested in ways that ensure all students can graduate on time. Students and parents are leading the work to change Fresno Unified School District’s school climate by advocating for true parent-family engagement that is culturally competent and welcoming. Young people are asking for Restorative Justice Practices that provide them with resources to help them stay in school when they are having a hard time instead of kicking them out.

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Sabina Gonzlez-Erana cropped

Sabina González-Eraña
Program Manager, Central/West Fresno City

Sabina González-Eraña joined the California Endowment in October 2014 as Program Manager for The Endowment’s Fresno site. Prior to joining The Endowment, González-Eraña served as the Central Valley Regional Director for the Communities for a New California Education Fund in Fresno. González-Eraña has held a variety of positions at various organizations in Fresno, including serving as the Community Building Specialist for the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, as a Political Organizer/Rep for SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, and as a Health Advocate for the Fresno Health Consumer Center. González-Eraña serves as a Steering Committee Member for Californians for Pesticide Reform, and as a Coordinating Committee Member for California Calls. González-Eraña, a resident of Fresno, earned her B.A in Film & Digital Media and Community Studies from the University of Santa Cruz.

Contact
Name
Ana Palomares
Title
Project Assistant
Address
4949 E. Kings Canyon Road Fresno, CA 93727
Phone
559-256-8724
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