Health Educator and Research Assistant Wanted!

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New CDC Report: STDs Continue to Rise in the U.S.

According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, from 2017 to 2018 there were alarming increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. This highlights the importance of continuing our work to stop STDs. Click here to view the report and learn more. 

 To see this information in news media, see the article in the New York Times and the report by CNN.

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Calling Leaders

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) in partnership with Women of Color Network (WOCN, Inc.) has established the Leadership Education and Advancement for Professionals (LEAP) Project.
LEAP is a coming together of WOC who are in the field of anti-violence who bring to the table all of themselves relative to strengths, knowledge, skills, abilities and yes our true and authentic selves where we collaboratively work together to impart knowledge and strengthen each other to become better leaders who can and will be able to impact the movement in a positive way." -Sara Rudolph- Pollard (Cohort 1)
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STD Prevention Program Evaluation Intern

Essential Access Health is currently recruiting an intern to assist with a project evaluation. Looking for a candidate with basic evaluation experience (conducting surveys, summarizing data) whether through undergraduate/graduate classwork or other experience; Spanish fluency is also required. This is a part-time, paid opportunity, to run through the end of the year.

Please send your resumes to: [email protected]

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Project LEAYD: Preparing South LA students for College and Careers


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Apply to be a Spring into Love Intern!


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Eradicating HIV in LA County and Beyond

From the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas:

“The fact that Dr. Redfield– a preeminent leader in HIV research and programs–is the director of the CDC says a lot about CDC’s commitment to eradicating HIV, and LA County is dedicated to being a partner in its efforts.

“HIV and STIs have been, and will continue to be, my priority policy areas, especially considering their disproportionate impact among communities of color.

Read the full story here or below. 

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Women's Policy Institute State Fellowship Program

Are you an advocate or activist? Do you work in a non-profit organization focused on racial, economic, or gender justice? Are you looking to get more experience, for you and your organization, advocating for policies that create systemic change at the state level? We are happy to announce that we're accepting applications for the 2019-2020 cohort of our Women's Policy Institute-State Fellowship! WPI State is open to cisgender and transgender women, non-binary and genderqueer people, and transgender men.  

Want to know more? We’ve set up a series of informational webinars, where you’ll have the chance to hear from a current fellow as well as WPI staff and ask questions about the program and application process. 

Sign up for our first informational webinar now! It will be held on Wednesday, June 26, from 9-10AM Pacific time. The deadline to apply to the 2020 WPI-State class is Thursday, July 18 noon PST. We encourage you to check out our Application Page and FAQ with any questions or concerns or to discuss your application.


The Women’s Foundation of California trains, connects, and invests in building the power and leadership of community leaders to achieve gender justice.

Apply for the WPI-State Fellowship Program!
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End the Epidemics

The California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers, together with HIV, viral hepatitis, and STD community-based organizations across California, have launched a community-driven effort to inform development of a statewide plan to end the HIV, HCV, and STD epidemics in California. What makes this initiative innovative and unique – in addition to community leadership – is its ambitious goal of addressing these health conditions as a syndemic – a set of linked health problems that interact synergistically and exacerbate poor health outcomes. The syndemic approach differs from the biomedical approach in that it treats diseases concurrently and also addresses the social determinants of health that drive these epidemics.

End the Epidemics: Californians Mobilizing to End HIV, HCV, and STDs, is a statewide coalition of over 100 public health and community organizations. In March 2019, End the Epidemics issued a community consensus statement, now signed by over 140 organizations, calling on Governor Newsom and the California Legislature to convene a high-level working group of key stakeholders to develop and implement a strategy to end the HIV, HCV, and STD epidemics.

Downloads and Links

Consensus Statement (English) Updated 5/23/19

Consensus Statement (Spanish) Updated 4/18/19

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Black Women for Wellness: Call for Abstracts

400 YEARS: Reflections on Lessons Learned & Imagining Our Futures
RJ Conference 2017-2
Be a presenter at 400 Years: Reflections on Lessons Learned & Imagining Our Futures
Black Women for Wellness convenes the only conference centering the lived experiences of Black women & girls seeking reproductive justice. 400 Years reflects on the impact of systematic and institutional racism on our reproductive health status and the role of implicit bias in supporting racism and causing the health disparities currently experienced by African American and Black women.
400 Years intends to gather the lessons learned from our history, the battles fought, the victories won, the joys shared, and the insights to move forward. 400 Years will ask participants to imagine health and well-being for Black women & girls, name how it looks and feels, then plant seeds now that will grow toward that vision. Additionally, we will examine the connections and opportunities between our interaction with the environmental justice movement, our use of integrated voter engagement, and how we wield the media tools towards shaping and determining our futures.
All researchers, community advocates, community members, organizers, health care professionals, health educators, administrators, policymakers, elected officials, and their staffs are invited to attend and share the work that you are doing to promote the health of Black women towards achieving reproductive justice.
Black Women for Wellness is seeking submissions of abstracts that address African American/Black women’s reproductive health and well-being. This year's tracks for submission are listed below. The goal is to highlight actions, information, and strategies that reflect on the lessons learned and the paths forward through: workshops of one hour and 15 minutes in length, or reproductive justice talks of 5 minutes in length 
1.   Maternal & Infant Health
2.   Social Determinants
3.   Civic Engagement
4.   Environmental Justice
5.   Teen/Young Adult Track (geared for audiences ages 14- 24)
6.   Reproductive Justice Talks (3-5 minute TED talk style presentations)
Call for Abstracts Deadline: June 20, 2019
Conference Date: August 26th 2019 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
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