Boys and Men of Color Project
The Central California Children's Institute (CCCI) partnered with The California Endowment on an initiative to mobilize community resources to reduce health and social disparities among boys and men of color (BMoC) ages 6-25 in Fresno County, particularly Latinos. The Fresno Boys and Men of Color Data and Policy Initiative was part of a statewide effort facilitated by PolicyLink, Oakland aimed at designing a policy agenda intended to improve outcomes of BMoC throughout the state. Locally, this initiative built upon and complemented the state level and local work efforts in this area (RAND, The California Endowment (TCE) Statewide BMoC, PolicyLink and the Fresno West Coalition for Economic Development (FWCED) in addressing challenges facing black boys and men of color (BBMoC). Our local effort included bringing community and academic sectors together, collecting data and research on the disparities affecting BMoC, and planning and organizing community convenings with Latino agencies and community leaders that serve BMoC in Fresno County.
To better understand the nature of these disparities locally, faculty researchers at the Central California Children's Institute, led by Dr. Juan Garcia, Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Dr. Jason Immekus, reviewed publicly available data on these disparities by gender, racial and ethnic group within Fresno County. A group of committed community leaders who are now members of the XL (Chicano/Latino) BMoC Community-Academic Task Force begun the process of reviewing what we had learned through the quantitative data compilation and soon began the process of collecting additional qualitative data, and subsequently, designing policy recommendations. The local efforts and policy recommendations developed by this task force intersected with those of the FWCED's BBMOC to inform the statewide TCE Building Healthy Communities efforts in order to produce a multi-racial, multi-ethnic policy agenda for Fresno boys and men of color.