California Convergence: Promise and Progress in Building a Movement
2009 | Download
In June 2008, a group of community leaders from across California came together to imagine a healthier state: a place where all residents have access to healthy food in safe neighborhoods with plentiful opportunities for physical activity.
Many of the attendees at the first California Convergence conference had already spent several years creating and advocating for local programs and policies to combat obesity by changing the food and physical environments in their communities.
This group, which represented over 40 communities and seven separate initiatives, sought ways to work together across California to advocate for statewide policies, to learn from each other and foster a movement to improve the health of all Californians. This case study looks at the early stages of that effort.