Public Health Boots on the Ground Series


Public health research and activism are critical in the fight for health equity. Thank you to everyone who joined us for these free and lively discussions with policymakers and advocates who are putting “boots on the ground” to disrupt the status quo in diverse arenas. Our goal was to go beyond merely informing, to directly engaging you in dialogue and action steps for social change. We appreciate your participation and making this series an advocacy-in-action success!

Laurie True, Advocacy Initiative Director.

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Advocacy & Action on Gun Control Policy 

Tuesday, April 12
150 University Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
5:30-7:00 PM



Guest Speakers:

Andrew McGuire, Founder, Trauma Foundation
Amanda Wilcox, Legislative Chair, California Chapters of the Brady Campaign
Mike McLively, Attorney, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Thank you for joining us for a conversation about gun violence as a public health issue with gun control experts Andrew McGuire, founder of the Trauma Foundation; Amanda Wilcox, legislative chair of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; and Mike McLively, staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

This was the final event in our spring 2016 Boots On the Ground advocacy-in-action series on critical public health issues.

Watch the video and download the event flyer.

Interested in learning more? Check out these resources provided by the speakers:

February 8, 2016

5 to 7p.m.
Light supper provided
Alumni House, Sibley 

Mother's Milk for Profit: Focus on Health Equity


Kimberly Seals Allers, award-winning journalist and author, The Big Letdown—How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminisim Undermine Breastfeeding

Guest Speakers:
Jennifer Smilowitz PhD, researcher, UC Davis Foods for Health Institute
Pauline Sakamoto MS, PHN, executive director, Mother's Milk Bank of San Jose
Brandi Gates, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant),
breastfeeding consultant, Alameda County

A growing number of biotech companies are competing for scarce supplies of breast milk, the fundamental first food for humans, for use in new medical products.

What’s the impact on nonprofit milk banks and their ability to supply donated mother’s milk to vulnerable premature infants—many of whom are from disadvantaged communities? Will the commercialization of breast milk exacerbate health inequities in low-income communities?

Thank you for joining us for the first session in the Spring 2016 advocacy-in-action series! It was a lively discussion moderated by Kimberly Seals Allers, an award-winning journalist and author.


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DECEMBER 3, 2015

5 to 6:30 p.m.
Reception to follow
101 Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley

Black Lives Matter: From Moment to Movement


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Marc Philpart, Boys and Men of Color Alliance, PolicyLink

Guest Speakers:
Pastor Michael McBride, The Way Christian Center
Rosa Cabrera-Aqeel, PICO California
Devonte Jackson, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Cat Brooks, Onyx Organizing Committee

Outrage against racialized police violence against African American men and women has crystallized into a movement that builds on existing health and social equity work. What's the state of movement here in California? What are the top policy "asks" in Sacramento and Washington, and how can public health activists plug in?

Event co-sponsored with PolicyLink. UC Berkeley campus sponsors include: School of Public Health Office of Diversity Services, Multicultural Health in Action, and Asian & Pacific Islander Women's Circle.

Financial support from The California Endowment and The California HealthCare Foundation.​

Thank you for joining us!

Watch the recording here!
Download our flyer here.


NOVEMBER 5, 2015

5 to 6:30 p.m.
Reception to follow
101 Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley

Child Immunization: Herding Parental Concerns


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Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento)
Leah Russin and Renee Di Resta, Co-Founders, Vaccinate California
Moderator: Lisa Aliferis, Reporter and Health Editor at KQED News

Amid new outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, Governor Brown recently signed SB 277, which will require all California students to be immunized before entering school. The campaign to pass this bill was one of the hardest-fought in recent times. We were honored to have the bill’s author, a working pediatrician, join us for a de-briefing of the campaign, along with two mom-organizers who played key roles in pushing back against misinformation that flooded the Internet and polarized parents. This exciting conversation was moderated by Lisa Aliferis, reporter and health editor at KQED News, as well as founding editor of KQED's "State of Health" blog, as we explored what worked and what's next for the campaign.

Thank you for joining us!

Watch the recording of this event here!
View the slides here.
Download the Child Immunization flyer here.


OCTOBER 1, 2015

5 to 6:30 p.m.
101 Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley

#Health4All: Reaching and Serving All Californians

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Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President, The California Endowment
Ron Coleman, Government Affairs Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center
Angelica Vargas, UC Berkeley student and advocate

Pundits thought it would never happen. A first-in-the-nation bill that provides health coverage for all undocumented children will soon be enacted in California. Participants learned from two state leaders how framing the message and building an unbeatable coalition helped make history, and joined fellow UC students in carrying the campaign forward to cover adults.
Thank you for joining us!

Watch the video recording of this event here!
View the slides here.
Download the #Health4All flyer here.