Across the nation, community leaders and organizations are changing their community environments to make healthy eating and active living a central part of life for all residents. California Convergence links communities that are at the cutting edge of ensuring healthy food and physical activity environments become the norm throughout the state.
The work of California Convergence is guided by representatives from over 40 communities across the state. These communities represent seven different initiatives developed by six major health funders**, as well as programs developed independently by communities concerned about preventing and reducing obesity among children and adults. The common interests of these communities include: focusing on a geographically defined community, using policy to change food and physical activity environments, and working across multiple sectors of a community to support the comprehensive change necessary to impact health.
California Convergence and Joint Use
Advancing opportunities for joint use has emerged as one of California Convergence’s top policy priorities and with support from Kaiser Permamnente, has funded Prevention Institute and Public Health Law & Policy to work intensively with four California communities to advance the policy and practice of joint use. Building off the work taking place in Earlimart, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Santa Ana, this one year joint-use project seeks to bring support and expertise to these communities as well as galvanize ontheir local successes by building momentum for advancing joint use at the state-wide level.
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**Kaiser Permanente and The California Endowment have been joined by the following other organizations to support this work: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the California Department of Public Health.