CVHPI Presentations



2016 California WIC Association Conference

poster thumbnailRacial & Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes in Central California

April 2016

Contributors: Emanuel Alcala, MA

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Webinar: Individual and Neighborhood Determinants of Health Inequalities in California's Central Valley


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2015 NIEHS/EPA Children's Centers Annual Meeting

poster thumbnailCalEnviroScreen and Potentially Preventable Childhood Morbidity in Central California

October 29, 2015

Contributors: Emanuel Alcala, MA; John A. Capitman, PhD; Lauren Lessard, MPH, PhD

CalEnviroScreen is a screening tool developed by the California Environmental Protection Agency. This tool is used to identify communities that are disproportionately burdened by pollution and population characteristics. This study examined the utility of this screening tool in identifying communities at risk for avoidable hospitalizations. Does the CalEnviroScreen identify poor health outcomes in children? If so, which components of the CalEnviroScreen are associated with childhood morbidity?

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APHA 142nd Annual Meeting & Exposition

APHA 2014 PosterPlace and Health: Preventable Hospitalizations for Adults in the Central Valley of California

November 18, 2014

Contributors: Emanuel Alcala, MA; Lauren Lessard, MPH; John A. Capitman, PhD

Environmental factors play a significant role in health outcomes beyond characteristics of the individual. Due to shorter life expectancies and lower access to care, non-whites have lower rates of admission than their white counterpart. Income inequality, percent living in poverty, and pollution are contextual variables that increase the racial/ethnic disparity in hospitalization rates.

  • Data and Methods
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Geography
  • Results

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Faces of Fresno:
Community, Diversity and Justice

John A. Capitman PhD

NEXT FRESNO, Fresno Future: Third Annual Conference
November 1, 2013

  • A perspective on Cities, Health and Justice:
    • The assumption of Political Equality
    • Place, Equity and Public Health
  • Place, Demography and Health in Fresno
  • Health and Justice Perspectives on Next Fresno:
    • A new narrative for Fresno
    • Address environmental hazards
    • Focus job creation around community assets
    • Equal access to neighborhood amenities

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Health and Well-being Disparities: San Joaquin Valley Findings

John A. Capitman PhD

Instead of looking at the tradition model of looking at a person's age, race, gender, and ethnicity; John and his colleagues has taken a different approach in data findings. Reach show that groups of people who share geographic and associated living conditions have similar life chances. These include such factors as poor air, housing, open space, jobs, schools, and services all play out to effect the overall health of one. Ultimately this creates differences in risk people face and in their opportunities for vigorous and fulfilling lives.

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It Takes A Region: Opportunities and Challenges for Equity and Sustainability

Jonathan London from the UC Davis Center for Regional Chance

Jonathan presented on why regions matter by looking at sweet-spot between local and state, people and problems move around regionally, regional influences on community well-being, patterns of disparity across place and population, and community solutions require regional strategies along with local strategies.

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Building Stronger Communities for Better Health: Moving from Science to Policy and Practice

Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D. from the Health Policy Institute and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Looking from a national perspective, Brian presented about the three challenges that are: health inequality will get worse as a result of economic downturn, the United States is NOT “post-racial” Ð to the extent that this perception exists and the “individual determinist” orientation remains predominant in the United States.

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Access to Oral Health Care in Central California

Diana Traje, MPH; Armando J. Cortez, BS; John A. Capitman PhD

Low-income residents of the Central Valley face limited access to oral health care due to barriers, including a shortage of dental health professionals, a maldistribution of services, and a lack of providers willing to accept uninsured or publicly insured patients. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) ease access barriers by providing oral care to underserved populations. In an effort to respond to regional concerns regarding the shortage of oral health professionals, a survey was conducted to evaluate the impact of these shortages in the Central Valley.

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Promotora Model for Improving Latino Health Care Access in California's Central Valley

Mariana Ramirez, BA, John A. Capitman, PhD, Tania Pacheco, BA, Alicia Gonzalez, BS

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Promotoras: Lessons Learned on Improving Healthcare Access to Latinos

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Undocumented Latinos in the San Joaquin Valley: Health Care Access and the Impact on Safety Net Providers

John A. Capitman, PhD, Diana Traje, MPH, Tania L. Pacheco, ABD

The purpose of this study is to assess how safety net providers are impacted by serving undocumented Latinos and how immigrant populations are experiencing care access

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Research Write & Publish Electronic Collaboration Club (RW&P e-Club)

The Inaugural Research, Write & Publish e-Club Meeting

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July 2009 Newsletter

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Becoming a Great Recorder and Facilitator

Thomas Ngo
Lorena Chavez

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