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Podcast: People. Power. Perspectives.

The podcast where CA4Health talks to people working to overcome systemic inequities to achieve just outcomes

People.Power.Perspectives podcast logoPeople.Power.Perspectives. is a podcast series created by PHI’s CA4Health featuring in-depth discussions with leaders who are advancing health, justice and racial equity—helping to build agency, inclusiveness and power to drive change and create more just and equitable outcomes. Find out more about the podcast and explore additional materials, resources and more.

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Episode 8: Domestic Violence, Guns, and United States v. Rahimi with Michael Rodriguez and Jennifer White

In this episode, CA4Health speaks with Michael Rodriguez and Jennifer White on the possible outcomes of domestic violence and guns from the current United States v. Rahimi case. Michael Rodriguez, MD, MPH, is the Director of the California Alliance of Academics for Public Health Equity in Oakland, CA. Jennifer L. White, JD, is the Program Director for Curriculum Development & Program Design at Futures Without Violence in San Francisco, CA. “Thinking about the root causes... we need to continue to think about not just violence and how it occurs between two people or multiple people. But what the root causes are that allow this type of violence to occur and persist," says Jennifer White, program director for curriculum development & program design at Futures Without Violence.

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Special Youth Series Episode 5 - Mental Health with Empowering Black Youth Participants

In this special episode from their youth series, Justin Boyle moderates a panel with Empowering Black Youth Participants (Isis, Deja and Shamarrie) about mental health in the Black community and from the perspective of Black youth. Justin Boyle is a student as University of San Francisco and also a part of the Empowering Black Youth (EBY) Program at Code Tenderloin in San Francisco, California. “Just being around my teammates and my friends being able to talk about my feelings and being in a safe environment around other people who look like me, like most of my friends are Black. Being able to express my feelings around them helps me,” says Deja, Empowering Black Youth Participant.

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Special Youth Series Episode 4: Sexual and Reproductive Health With the Empowering Black Youth Program

In this special episode from their youth series, Justin Boyle moderates a panel with Empowering Black Youth Participants (Isis Breston and Quincy Casey) about their Sexual and Reproductive Health education before and during the Empowering Black Youth Program. Justin Boyle is a student as University of San Francisco and also a part of the Empowering Black Youth (EBY) Program at Code Tenderloin in San Francisco, California. “There needs to be an area of destigmatization of the conversation around STDs and STIs in the Black community as a whole, and just how we speak to each other about these things, in order to create a sense of comfortability amongst each other to be able to move forward. Without that, we arent going to be able to progress,” said Quincy Casey, Empowering Black Youth participant.

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Special Youth Series Episode 3: Impacts of the Empowering Black Youth Program

In this special episode from their youth series, Justin Boyle moderates a panel with Empowering Black Youth interns (Elijah, Mar, and Sicily) about their experiences in the Empowering Black Youth Program. Justin Boyle is a student at the University of San Francisco and also a part of the Empowering Black Youth (EBY) Program at Code Tenderloin in San Francisco, California. “As the youth, we have started to get in touch with our mental health…we can sit there and change the way we react to racist comments. We can change the way we perceive ourselves,” said Sicily Griffins, an Empowering Black Youth participant.

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Special Youth Series Episode 2: USF Intern Experience with the Empowering Black Youth Program

In this special episode from their youth series, Antwan Matthews moderates a panel with University of San Francisco interns (Will, Kamryn, Onyé, Chidera, and Justin) about their experiences in the Empowering Black Youth Program. Antwan Matthews is the Director of the Empowering Black Youth (EBY) Program (and all youth programs) at Code Tenderloin in San Francisco, California. “By engaging in community-engaged learning, it reaffirms the fact that there is not just one of us," said an Empowering Black Youth participant.

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Special Youth Series Episode 1: Introducing the Empowering Black Youth Program

In this special episode from their youth series, CA4Health speaks with Antwan Matthews, Director of the Empowering Black Youth Program (and all youth programs) of Code Tenderloin in San Francisco, California. "I think oftentimes in public health institutions, everyone's right, there is no room for error, everyone feels that they have the answer. And oftentimes, those answers are not facilitated by the community." says Antwan Matthews.


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Episode 7: Building a Workforce for Community Health Workers

In this episode, CA4Health speaks with Donna Hilliard on Building a Workforce for Community Health Workers. Donna Hilliard is the Executive Director at Code Tenderloin in San Francisco, California. “A lot of the problems and issues we tried to tackle if we brought more people with the lived experience, who are actually living through that we'd have new ideas to the table," says Donna Hilliard.




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Episode 6: Community, COVID, and Power Sharing with Lisa Tealer

In this episode, CA4Health speaks with Lisa Tealer on Community, COVID, and Power Sharing. Lisa Tealer is the Executive Director at Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council in Redwood City, California. “The reason why I think it's so important is because those individuals who are making policy decisions, and also budgetary decisions, really need to understand the impact that they have on the communities that are disproportionately impacted by their decisions," says Lisa Tealer.

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Episode 5: Equity and Land Conservation with Shelana deSilva

In this episode, CA4Health speaks with Shelana deSilva on Equity and Conservation. Shelana deSilva is the Policy and Advocacy Strategist at SdS Consulting in Oakland, California. "But when it comes to the work of conservation and land protection, there's a way that that settler colonial framework has been very much in the back seat. And we're only today really looking at that, and understanding the role that this framework of protecting land actually had as an impact on indigenous communities and other communities of color," says Shelana deSilva.


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Episode 4: The Importance of Promoting Prevention Forward Investments with Lauren Pennachio

In this episode, CA4Health speaks with Lauren Pennachio on the Importance of Promoting Prevention Forward Investments. Lauren Pennachio is the Director of Revenue Strategy and Partnership at Health Leads in Boston, Massachusetts. “[To] the folks that are wanting to advance equity and justice in their communities, acknowledge your positional privilege and power within the ecosystem and do an honest investment about what are you capable of doing around your goals to advance equity and justice,” says Lauren Pennachio.

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Episode 3: Building a Culture of Solidarity in Public Health with Mojgan Sami

In this episode, CA4Health discusses how to build a culture of solidarity in public health, with guest speaker Dr. Mojgan "Mo" Sami, PhD, MA, an Assistant Professor of Health Equity and Public Health Researcher at CSU Fullerton in Fullerton, California. “Public health, health, wellbeing is not just about individual bodies, although interestingly, we all embody it, disease impacts us individually, but healing happens collectively," says Dr. Sami.

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Episode 2: Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice with Shantay R. Davies-Balch

Shantay is President and CEO of BLACK Wellness & Prosperity Center, the first CBO in the County of Fresno established to address the Black Maternal Child Health Crisis. She also serves as the Director for the COVID-19 Equity Project, African American Coalition, housed at one of the nation’s largest Community Action Agencies, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission.

Her career has been dedicated to improving health outcomes for all women and babies and is a certified lactation educator, doula, and certified newborn care specialist, with an expertise in premature birth, infant and maternal mortality, and breastfeeding. Shantay is a Community researcher and a member of the Black Maternal Infant Health Statewide Advisory Board, to develop the first comprehensive statewide report on the status of Black women and babies in California in 30 years. In 2019, Shantay was recognized for her leadership in Black Maternal Health by then-U.S. Senator, Kamala Harris.

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Episode 1: Participatory Budgeting with Kristania De Leon

In this episode, Kristania De Leon speaks on participatory budgeting, a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. Kristania currently works as the Co-Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project to increase the adoption, visibility, and impact of Participatory Budgeting across North America. "Participatory budgeting at its core is really about community led decision making," says Kristiana. "It's allowing community members to make real decisions that results in real financial investments in their communities directly. And so, we've seen this emerge as a tool that people will use across various movement building spaces."

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About the Podcast

CA4Health understands that social movements should be inclusive, authentic and brave, and that no single person or entity can do it alone. People.Power.Perspectives. lifts up the work and insights from partners who are working on upstream issues impacting communities, and explores how different inequities intersect, the connections to health and the value of expanding community- and equity-centered approaches across multiple sectors.

Learn more about People.Power.Perspectives and CA4Health.

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