The Healthiest Californians Are the Ones Who Are Healthy Together

Immigrants Live Longer and Better Than the Native Born Because Community Heals in Ways Medicine Does Not

Immigrants bring cultural practices that could improve our health systems and the health of all Californians—if we do more to understand and deploy the advantages of cultural diversity, said a panel of experts on health and immigration at a Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation event.

Those panelists—including top researchers and journalists—offered multiple examples of ideas that originated in immigrant communities that have made us healthier—from diet to exercise to an emphasis on family and social relationships. But they all pointed to one overarching conclusion: Immigrants often approach health together, with the participation …

Community Organizer Luz Gallegos

My Hidden Talent is Singing

Luz Gallegos is the Community Program Director at TODEC Legal Center, one of the Inland Empire area’s leading immigrant-assistance organizations. A community organizer and advocate since childhood, she focuses on …

Research Economist John Husing

When I Ran a Casino I Was on the Dance Floor Every Night

Dr. John Husing is a research economist who has studied Southern California’s growing economy since 1964. He has produced city- and county-specific economic development strategies for the region’s local governments …

Pastor Samuel J. Casey

I Love Taking Care of Farm Animals

Reverend Samuel J. Casey is the pastor at New Life Christian Church in Fontana, which he founded in 2013. He also serves as the executive director for Congregations Organized for …

Food Activist Sarah Ramirez

Who Needs French Fries When You've Got Sliced Zucchini?

Sarah Ramirez is the executive director of FoodLink for Tulare County, a regional food bank, and she previously founded BeHealthyTulare, a grassroots network mobilizing citizens of the county toward a …

To Fix a “Bad” Neighborhood, Connect the Neighbors

Even If Your Community’s Got 99 Problems, Disconnectedness Is Number One

The California Wellness Foundation President Judy Belk introduced a Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation event at MOCA Grand Avenue by explaining to a large crowd why she was intrigued to hear …