ENACT Day Caps 15th Year with Broadened Focus on California Policy
May 01, 2019
On April 30, California ENACT Day celebrated its 15th year of gathering youth and community advocates of all ages in the state's capitol to meet with legislators about the policies and health equity issues that are important to them and their communities. Advocates received education on key health equity topics and how to conduct visits with their legislators. They then headed to the capitol to talk directly with their representatives, including critical party and committee leadership. ENACT Day is hosted collaboratively by PHI's CA4Health, The California Black Health Network, California Food Policy Advocates, California State University - Chico's Center for Healthy Communities, California Walks, Community Partners, Public Health Advocates, Public Health Institute and The Sacramento Food Policy Council, among others.
ENACT historically had focused primarily on legislative issues related to healthy food access and physical activity. Recent agendas have been broadened to allow advocates to mobilize around additional health equity issues that are critical social determinants of health. ENACT Day 2019 focused on the themes of Healthy Food Access, Healthy and Accessible Communities, Justice for Immigrant Californians, and Preventing Violence and Community Trauma.
The day was kicked off with a keynote from Stevante Clark. Clark's brother Stephon was unarmed when he was killed by two Sacramento police officers in 2018, and Stevante has become a passionate and influential leader in the call for increased accountability measures and efforts to prevent violence before it occurs. He provided detailed information on the intent and impact of AB 392 (Police Use of Force) also known as the California Act to Save Lives, noting that in some departments that have instituted similar policies, police-involved shootings of civilians have declined by as much as 25%. Clark and other Sacramento advocates also made a plug for AB 656 (Office of Healthy and Safe Communities), which would create a statewide office dedicated to preventing violence. As local leader and violence prevention interventionist Nate Snyder remarked, "Why do we wait for our children to get hurt before we give them resources?"
Throughout the event, advocates shared powerful and personal stories about the impact that ENACT Day priority areas could have on their lives, health, and safety. In addition to issues related to police violence, discussions about the statewide #Health4All campaign provoked an emotional response from many in the audience. #Health4All would ensure that everyone who calls California home—documented or not—could access healthcare.
Dr. Flojaune Cofer, Senior Director of Policy at Public Health Advocates, sent activists off to their visits with a powerful reminder: "The Capitol is the People's House. It is your house. It is your right to make your voice heard."
To view all the activities from the day, find #ENACT2019 on twitter.
Find out more about their 2019 focus:
Healthy Food Access including issues related to:
Healthy and Accessible Communities including issues related to:
Justice for Immigrant Californians including issues related to:
- AB 4/SB 29: Medi-Cal for All
- AB 1593: Personal income taxes: earned income credit
Preventing Violence and Community Trauma including issues related to: