The California Initiative for Health Equity and Action, with co-sponsorship from California State Senator, Melissa Hurtado, and the Blue Shield of California Foundation, aims to facilitate a productive discussion on policies and practices that disrupt upstream determinants of family & community violence. Through a moderated discussion, we hope to continue a conversation around reframing domestic and intimate partner violence in terms of structural determinants.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to bolster economic supports, access to affordable housing, and other fundamental necessities in low-income and minoritized communities. Cal-IHEA hopes to continue this dialogue by highlighting how these interventions can serve as primary and equity-focused primary preventative measures for family and community violence, while also protecting and supporting survivors of violence in California, especially in communities of color.
We look forward to uniting agency leaders, legislators, advocates and direct service providers across sectors in the interest of elevating work on how California can advance policies that result in a safer, healthier, and more equitable California.
Senator Melissa Hurtado (14th Senate District)
Dr. Erin Kerrison, UC Berkeley
Dr. Anita Raj, UC San Diego
Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, RYSE Center, CSU San Francisco
Dr. Michael Lens, UCLA
John Finley, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)