Apply Today: 2014-2015 Greenlining Academy Programs

Apply to our 2014-2015 Leadership Academy Programs!We are still accepting applications for our 2014-2015 Greenlining Academy programs! Deadlines for most programs are in late January, so apply today! We’re looking for bright and talented candidates who are committed to social justice and equity. We’re currently accepting applications for our five Academy programs: legal fellowships, policy fellowships, legal associates, summer associates, and our health equity fellowships. Apply today!

The Greenlining Leadership Academy prides itself in delivering its expansive leadership development curriculum, valuable ‘hands-‘on’ learning opportunities, as well as intentional coaching and mentorship to all participants. After graduation, participants become part of the Greenlining Academy Alumni Association, a support network of changemakers and community builders across different sectors that aids with job placement, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.

The Greenlining Coalition’s Annual Trip to Washington, DC

The Greenlining Coalition with Security and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White.Earlier this month, the Greenlining Coalition traveled to Washington, DC to meet with leading financial regulators and political leaders. “We went to DC with an important message,” said Executive Director Orson Aguilar. “We want our regulators to know that diversity is key to building resilient communities.” 

The Greenlining Coalition met with top regulators including Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, and many others. Greenlining encouraged the regulatory agencies to lead by example in workforce and supplier diversity, especially through their Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWIs). “This is the first step towards diversifying the financial services sector,” said Economic Equity Director Sasha Werblin. “And that diversity leads to better products and services for today’s increasingly diverse consumers.” Greenlining is committed to continuing the dialogues with financial regulators on how to achieve economic opportunity for all.

New Publication: Not-For-Profit Hospitals & Community Benefit

Not-For-Profit Hospitals and Community: What We Don't Know Can Hurt UsThis month, we launched our latest publication, “Not-For-Profit Hospitals and Community Benefit: What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us.” Not-for-profit hospitals get a tax exemption in return for fulfilling a duty to improve the community — what’s called “community benefit.” In this report, our Health Policy team examined the publicly available records of California’s seven largest not-for-profit hospital systems and found that the data regarding their community benefit activities is too incomplete for the public to have a clear picture of whether they are meeting their responsibilities.

We launched the report in conjunction with a policy briefing about community benefit policy hosted by California Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski and Rob Bonta on November 20th.

Equity in California’s State Budget: A Community Conversation

Equity in California's State BudgetOn November 25th, we hosted a community townhall with Senator Mark Leno, California Forward, and the Latino Community Foundation on the California state budget. During his keynote speech, Senator Leno talked about the need to be proactive with the state budget, especially in light of projected surpluses for the next year. Where will this money go? How will this money be sustained? Those were some of the questions that were addressed in our panel that focused on the budget’s impact on communities of color. Our expert panel included leaders from The Education Trust-West, California Forward, Latino Community Foundation, California Budget Project, and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN).

The event was a great success! Many dialogues around equity in the California state budget were started, and both panelists and audience members provided some solutions that could help ensure the health and sustainability of California’s economy. Thank you to all those that attended!

Get Covered: Enroll into Affordable Health Insurance Plans

Californians, get covered today!The implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California is moving full steam ahead! In its first month alone, Covered California, the golden state’s health insurance marketplace, enrolled nearly 35,000 people in health care plans, accounting for one-third of all enrollments nationally. While the federal website has experienced technical issues, Covered California has moved forward in an aggressive (in a good way) effort to enroll all Californians that will be eligible for health coverage under the new law.

Have you checked your eligibility? Make your way to Covered California and get covered for affordable health insurance! Shop and compare your options today.

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