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May 2023 Newsletter

Interested in learning about the Binational Social Work Conference, age-friendly community and other project updates, mental health resources, and opportunities for engagement? Explore SPI’s most recent newsletter.

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City of Solana Beach 2023 Action Plan

After a year of community engagement with technical assistance from the Social Policy Institute team, resulting in over 600 encounters via community survey and discussion sessions, the Age-Friendly Solana Beach Action Plan was approved by City Council! This plan includes specific action steps for the community throughout 5 domains: (1) Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, (2) Social Participation with Inclusion, (3)…

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Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child “Place Matters”

Harvard’s National Scientific Council on the Developing Child has published a new working paper, “Place Matters: The Environment We Create Shapes the Foundations of Healthy Development” which examines the role of environmental factors in guiding and nurturing young children’s healthy development. This paper adds to the previous “Working Paper 15” which explored the connection between child development and health over…

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CDPH Essentials for Childhood Webinar: Advancing Child Wellbeing and Creating a Vision for Tomorrow

A Summary by Jakob Schmall, SPI Graduate Assistant, 2023 MPH Candidate The Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative’s recent webinar, “Advancing Child Well-being and Creating a Vision for Tomorrow,” provided an overview of program activities allowable under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA): In-home skill-based parenting program Substance abuse treatment Mental health treatment FFPSA is unique in that it also…

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Will Governor Newsom’s proposed 2023-24 budget impact older adults and people with disabilities?

Despite projected budget shortfalls, a Scan Foundation analysis concluded that the budget proposal did not call for significant cuts to health and social service programs serving older adults. Notable exceptions include the temporary elimination of the Accessory Development Unit (ADU) program and the absence of new funding for affordable housing development. Nevertheless, the proposed budget does include some new programs…

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