This podcast is about strengthening the health and wellbeing of historically underinvested communities. Every episode offers new ideas and practical advice that you can apply today.

We’re in this together. With your help, we’ve been crowdsourcing the best resources — toolkits, webinars, case studies, playbooks, and more — to support you and your organizations during this pan…



Kevin Shoop had never had health problems until he had a heart attack on the day of his second son passed away. After his heart surgery, he was unable to pay rent after he left the hospital and…

“Addiction has traditionally been approached as a social problem, not as a health problem. But the reality is that it’s actually a chronic disease.”

For the past 3 years, CCI has been working with healthcare organizations to deepen and strengthen their capacity to deliver trauma and resilience-informed care with pediatric patients and their caregi…

Diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension are among the biggest scourges of low-income communities. Left uncontrolled, these diseases can cripple and kill people long before their time.
Fifteen years…

What is the best way to convince people in our country to get vaccinated?
One sure-fire way NOT to do so: Argue with a COVID vaccine skeptic until you are both worn out. Instead, tailor the solution…

In this clip from a California ACEs Learning Quality Improvement Collaborative (CALQIC) webinar, Dr. Alicia Lieberman describes how the Trauma & Resilience-informed Inquiry for Adversity, Distress…

The IMAT Index was developed as a practical, easy-to-use quality improvement tool for primary care clinics treating substance use disorders.

We’re talking about the 4 R’s framework which covers the different phases of the pandemic: readiness, response, recovery, and renewal.
Our hope is that this scaffolding can help health centers and…

The mental health center launched its new website in English and Spanish, staying true to its original vision.

“We had no idea what was in store for us during the pandemic,” said CCI program director Megan O’Brien of the statewide learning collaborative on ACEs we launched with UCSF. Find out what we learne…

We interviewed CCI colleague, Wes Gabrillo about what brings him joy, his background as a teaching artist, and how his experience translates to the work he does supporting the safety net.

When Solvista Health’s new CEO Brian Turner came on board in June 2018, one of the first things he did was try to access the Colorado healthcare provider’s intake and enrollment process, as any pr…

Data collection and engagement are pivotal parts of any organization’s efforts toward health equity.
Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Riverside University Health System Ambulatory Medical Director, delves into…


Vision y Compromiso Executive Director Maria Lemus promotes community well-being through the training and support of promotores and community health workers.
She shares engaging stories of how s…

Tosan Boyo shares practical next steps for organizations of any size and at any stage of their equity journey.
Boyo — who was recently chief operating officer of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Ho…

For 63-year-old Ja-Jah the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Pride Pantry—a response to widespread food insecurity among its clientele during the COVID-19 pandemic—is more than a lifeline. “When I fir…

It’s a crisis on top of a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has collided with the country’s opioid epidemic, shrinking access to life-saving treatments and recovery support services while compounding…

Rule No. 1 when providing patients with a ride service so they can get to their medical appointments: Make sure the patients know about it.
Even after COVID-19 hit, some patients of the Kheir Clinic…

Substance use disorder demands a willingness to think outside the box. SafeRx Santa Cruz County, a coalition of social service, government, and health care organizations dedicated to supporting and ex…

The online tools to help patients book their own visits and fill out virtual screens were difficult to roll out but well worth the effort.

Parking lots morphing into pop-up food pantries. Nutrition education classes moving online. Safety net clinics connecting food programs to medical care. Community-based organizations tackling transpor…

It might seem as though nonprofits, clinics, and hospitals working to prevent and heal childhood trauma would be especially sensitive to trauma, burnout, and toxic or abusive behavior at the workplace…

After COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, White Memorial Community Health Center in Los Angeles was among those scrambling to convert to telephone visits with patients almost overnight.
Many safety net…

The Resilient Beginnings Network at CCI recently screened Resilience: Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope a documentary by the late James Redford, a film that traces the science…