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May 2024 Newsletter

This May, we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month and Older Americans Month as an opportunity to recognize the considerable impact of mental health on our loved ones, spanning all age groups from children and young adults to adults and older adults. Additionally, read the 3rd installment of our HOPE Building Blocks Series. Click HERE to view the full newsletter.

HOPE Building Block Series #3: Safe, Stable, and Equitable Environments

In the previous installment of our HOPE Building Blocks series, we explored Social and Civic Engagement, which emphasizes the importance of being an active participant in one’s community. This type of engagement builds empathy for others, encourages feelings of belonging, and leads to robust support systems. This month, we will highlight the Environment Building Block. Specifically, HOPE highlights the importance…

April 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to SPI’s April Newsletter! This month, we highlight National Child Abuse Prevention Month, reveal our 2023 Annual Report, and announce multiple upcoming CEAL events. Click HERE to read the full newsletter.

Birth of Brilliance 2024 Conference

Don’t Just Think…Feel,” was the theme of this year’s Birth of Brilliance Conference, which aimed to celebrate and cultivate the innate brilliance in every child while addressing racial inequities and dismantling barriers hindering their potential. Project Manager Yvonne Epps attended this year’s conference representing SPI, and will be participating in the Birth of Brilliance Affinity Group to continue discussions started…

SPI 2023 Annual Report

SPI’s 2023 Annual Report takes a deep dive into 2023 activities such as CEAL’s efforts within the Aging ecosystem, the expansion of Wellness and Well-being Systems, and the development of Integrated Learning Systems. Contact us at if you are interested in further discussion or new collaborations.

March 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to SPI’s March Newsletter! This month, we continue our HOPE at SDSU Building Block Series, share main highlights from the Statewide Collaborative Prevention Convening, and introduce a new CEAL “In-Home Care” blog series. Click here to read the full newsletter.    

HOPE Building Block Series #2: Social and Civic Engagement

Last month, we highlighted the Relationship Building Block of HOPE, exploring the importance of relationships and the ways they influence a person’s health and well-being. In the second edition of the HOPE Building Blocks Series, we highlight one building block and discuss its application to university students, we will cover the power of Social and Civic Engagement to increase feelings…

February 2024 Newsletter

Newsletter February 2024 Welcome to SPI’s February Newsletter! This month, we will kick off our HOPE at SDSU Building Block Series, share a staff spotlight, and highlight capacity building through our partnership work. The Social Policy Institute is centrally focused on healthy aging across the lifespan and wellness for all. The articles and updates that follow have a focus either…

HOPE Building Block Series #1: Relationships

HOPE Building Block 1: Relationships Launching our HOPE Building Blocks series, we delve into the transformative influence of Relationships. Let’s explore why these connections hold such significance. In 1938, researchers began a longitudinal study of male Harvard students to track their longterm health outcomes. Over the years, the research unveiled a crucial insight: loneliness can have detrimental effects, while close…

United Parents: Parent and Caregiver Engagement Toolkit

With the goal to help organizations move from “Power Over” to “Power With,” United Parents developed an engagement toolkit to outline how to priorities and uplift parent voice and choice. This toolkit contains a continuum of engagement, a checklist for proper implementation of parent voice, and an outlines of the stages for involvement. View these resources and more – click…

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