Sacramento

Background

Background

Residents of South Sacramento take pride in being one of the most diverse cities in the state. A walk through South Sacramento reveals people of all races and ethnicities playing basketball and resting under beautiful trees.

Despite its many assets, families in South Sacramento are struggling to meet their basic needs, with more than one-third of the families living in poverty. Crime and unemployment rates are high, fueled by gang violence and a poor performing, under-resourced, school system.  The South Sacramento area spans city limits and the unincorporated area of the county limiting residents’ political power, and making it easier for policymakers to overlook or even discount certain pockets of residents as their constituency.

Against this backdrop, Sacramento BHC—more widely known as Sac BHC—is building the power it needs to make lasting changes. From transforming the food environment to working across organizations and neighborhoods to build strong resident leadership, Sac BHC’s work is improving the lives of people across the Capital City.

The Sacramento Community

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • About 90,000 residents live in the racially/ethnically mixed neighborhoods that make-up the Sac BHC target area.  The racial/ethnic breakdown is: 38 percent Latino, 22 percent API, 22 percent White, 12 percent African American, 6 percent other.
  • Youth of color under 18 make up an even larger percentage of the population: 44.5 percent Latino, 26.3 percentAsian and Pacific Islanders and 12.2 percent African American.
  • Sacramento City Unified School District is one of the oldest K-12 districts in the western United States (established in 1854). SCUSD serves 43,175 students on 75 campuses spanning 76 square miles.
  • Residents within SCUSD speak more than 40 languages, with over 25 percent of Kindergarten students starting school with English as a second language.
  • There are 3 business improvement districts within the Sac BHC area. The business district along Stockton Boulevard is also known as Little Saigon and the district along Franklin includes many Latino businesses.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Residents and partners in Sac 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 our top priorities for the coming year.

Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
  • Alternative Discipline Policies and Practices (Restorative Justice)
  • Anti-Bullying and Code of Conduct
  • Youth Leadership
  • Chronic Absence
  • Parent Engagement
  • Strengthen Partnerships Between Law Enforcement, Schools, Students and CBOs
  • Sons and Brothers/BMoC  (Men’s Leadership Academy)
  • Social Emotional Learning
School Wellness
Health Happens in Schools
School Wellness
  • Food and Water:
    • Healthy Foods Task Force
    • Nutrition Policies
    • School Teaching Gardens
    • Farm to School Program
  • Physical Activity:
    • Walkability
    • Safe Passage to School
    • Physical Education
  • Integrated School Health Committee
  • Youth Development
Comprehensive Supports
Health Happens in Schools
Comprehensive Supports
  • School Based Health Services:
    • Connect Center (Centralized Resource Center)
    • Behavioral Health Linked with Primary Care
  • Increasing School Based Health Centers
  • Trauma-Informed Approaches
  • Health Career Pathways
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Food Environments and Food Systems
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Food Environments and Food Systems
  • Corner Store Upgrade
  • Farmers Markets
  • Food Policy and Zoning
  • CalFresh and Public Benefits
  • Healthy Eating Programs
  • Food Procurement Standards & Practices
  • Home and Community Gardens
  •  Gleaning and Redistribution

 

Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
  • Health in All Policies
  • General Plan Updates
  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • Joint Use/Shared Facilities
  • Walkability and Bikeability
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Recreational Facilities and Green Space
Community and Economic Development
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Community and Economic Development
  • Community Benefit and Labor Agreements
  • Health and Green Career Pipelines
  • Active Transit Promotion
  • Inclusionary Housing Policies
  • Public Private Partnerships
Environmental Health and Justice
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Environmental Health and Justice
  • Brownfields/Vacant Spaces
Systems that Restore and Heal
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Systems that Restore and Heal
  • Healing Circles
    • Jail/Prison System
    • Prevention
    • Reentry
  • Evaluation of City Violence Prevention Strategies

 

Healthy Youth Opportunities
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Healthy Youth Opportunities
  • Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership
  • Career Pathways/Internships
  • Healing Circles
Health Happens in Prevention
Public Health
Health Happens in Prevention
Public Health
  • Community Transformation Grant
  • Design for Active Sacramento
Coverage, Care and Community Prevention
Health Happens in Prevention
Coverage, Care and Community Prevention
  • ACA Education and Outreach
  • Public Benefits Awareness, Medi-Cal and ACA Enrollment
  • Healthcare Access Policy and Advocacy
  • Systems for Remaining Uninsured
  • Health Homes
  • Medical-Legal Partnerships
  • Health Navigators/Community Health Workers
Health Care Services
Health Happens in Prevention
Health Care Services
  • School Based Health Centers
  • Cultural Responsiveness and Language Access
  • Frontline/Community Health Workers
  • Career Ladder Programs/Workforce Development
  • Healthy Food for all Sacramentans: The Sacramentans for Sustainable Community Agriculture coalition, part of the Sac BHC Healthy Food for All Action Team, aims to transform the local neighborhood food system to include urban agriculture so that healthy food is accessible to all South Sacramento residents. They are currently providing technical assistance to City and County Planners on ordinances allowing small urban farmers to sell their produce to their neighbors from a stand on their residential property, which is currently illegal.
  • Improving Health Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color (BMoC): The Sac BMoC coalition is a network of youth and community organizations representing African American, Latino, and Asian communities in Sacramento that aims to improve health outcomes for all boys and young men of color. Every summer, youth from the coalition plan and hold a 1 day Boys and Men of Color Summit with over 100 boys and young men participating from all over Sacramento.
  • Increasing Access to High Quality Education: The Sacramento Community Priority Coalition is part of the Sac BHC Youth Development Action Team which partners with the Sacramento Unified School District, youth serving organizations, parents, and students to ensure all youth have access to quality education. SCPC is working to ensure that the funds generated through the Local Control Funding Formula will be allocated towards services and programs that will help low income students, foster youth, and English language learners be successful in school.
  • Health4All Campaign: The Sac BHC Health Access Action Team played a major role in ensuring newly eligible Sacramentans got connected to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The health of Sacramentans is vulnerable if not all of our residents have access to health care. The County clinic currently does not provide health care services to the undocumented.  Recently, the action team began to turn their attention to helping those who are still falling through the cracks: the undocumented.

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Christine C. Tien, M.P.P., J.D.
Program Manager, South Sacramento

Christine C. Tien, M.P.P., J.D., joined The Endowment as a program manager in May 2009. Prior to joining the TCE, Tien worked for the City of Stockton, first as a community relations officers and then as the deputy city manager for 8 years. Prior to that, Tien worked in Union City where she served in multiple capacities including Deputy City Manager. In addition, Tien worked for Consumers Union and was a research analyst for the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, and a technical analyst for Morse, Richard, Weisenmiller & Associates, Inc. She is proficient in Mandarin, has been published in numerous journals, and maintains a commitment to community service, serving on a number of boards and advisory groups.

Contact
Name
Alberto Mercado
Title
Hub Communications Coordinator
Address
5709 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95824
Phone
(916) 834-4751
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