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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 12:30 – 4:30 P.M.


Community Driven Strategies to Promote Health Equity
Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (Mid-City CAN) is a community collaborative based in City Heights, a dense and diverse urban area of about 95,000 people in San Diego. The organization’s mission is to create a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing. Join this site visit to learn how the organization is improving neighborhood conditions and addressing the upstream factors that shape health. After a driving tour of City Heights, Mid-City CAN staff and community leaders will share the health impact assessment (HIA) the organization is conducting to address restorative justice interventions for youth. Participants will also visit a brand new skate plaza that resulted from a previous HIA. Please note that participants will be outside for part of the site visit in a construction area that requires hard hats. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly.

Session Designer: The Pew Charitable Trusts


Public-Private Partnerships to End Homelessness
Research has shown that a lack of adequate, safe, and quality housing is linked to health disparities. People experiencing homelessness face significant barriers to health care access, are at greater risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, and often have complex medical needs. Join this site visit to explore how housing impacts health and how homelessness can be addressed through effective and comprehensive public-private partnerships. Participants will be led on a brief driving tour of downtown San Diego to learn about the city’s efforts to end homelessness. Participants will also visit PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), an agency designed to help people who are living on the street move into permanent supportive housing.

Session Designer: HealthSpark Foundation


San Diego Mobilizes for a Healthier Climate
Climate change is increasing recognized as a health and equity issue, but many communities are poorly prepared and even hesitant to take on this daunting, often politicized topic. In San Diego, wildfires, droughts, water shortages, and worsening air pollution provided the impetus for action. This tour will take participants from Coronado Bay to the City Heights neighborhood and the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Along the way, local funders, public health and elected officials, and advocates will share insights and lessons learned on how to prepare for climate impacts; engage and empower residents; and build healthier, more resilient communities.

Session Designer: The San Diego Foundation



Site Visit Registration

  • GIH Funding Partners: $50 per registrant
  • Non-Funding Partners: $75 per registrant

Registration fees will be donated to the organizations hosting the visits.


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