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2024 Health Equity Advocacy Training (HEAT) Program

Health Equity Advocacy Training (HEAT) Program application deadline is now closed.

CBHN Celebrates a successful 2024 HEAT Program

From May 6-7, participants of the CBHN Health Equity Advocacy Training (HEAT) Program embarked on a purposeful journey, visiting legislative offices in Sacramento to amplify their voices and advocate for community-driven change. Key highlights included insightful discussions with Assemblymembers Mia Bonta, Mike Gipson, and Lori Wilson, along with Senator Nancy Skinner.

A pivotal moment during the week’s events was the exclusive VIP reception hosted by CBHN. This gathering brought together esteemed government officials, legislators, and community partners to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Black Health Equity Advocacy Week (BHEAW) and celebrate the graduation of the second cohort of the HEAT Program.

Throughout the week, HEAT participants demonstrated their commitment to learning, engaging, and growing their advocacy capacity, contributing to the ongoing efforts to advance health equity for all.

HEAT Program Overview

The HEAT Program will organize, train, and empower Black Californians and civic-minded individuals to utilize their collective community capital to persuade legislative decision-makers to implement policies that address health disparities in California. The HEAT Program aims to build a strong coalition of advocacy partners across the state to champion state and local change to advance health equity for Black Californians at the individual, community, and system levels.

The HEAT Program will include subject matter experts in the legislative process along with prominent health advocates who will discuss and teach the structure of the state government, the legislative process, how to engage in advocacy and build alliances and coalitions to effect policy change at the state level, and how to communicate to policymakers. Participants will have the opportunity to put learning into action through a guided step-by-process to identify key issue(s) that impact the health and well-being of their community, conduct research to identify possible policy solutions, and learn how to communicate persuasively with policymakers to advocate for change.

Program Goal
To cultivate a culture of power-building and a statewide network of activists within the Black community to effect policy change at the state and local levels.

Program Objectives

  • Improve the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the advocacy and policy process.
  • Develop the skills and capabilities of organizers, advocates, and Black Californians to participate in the policy and legislative process.
  • Inspire organizers, advocates, and Black Californians to reshape health policy and legislation in California aimed at eliminating health inequities.

Program Outcome
Upon completion of the HEAT Program, participants will:

  • Understand the California legislative process and how a bill becomes a law
  • Grasp the advocacy process and how to galvanize community engagement around key issues
  • Obtain skills to communicate effectively with policymakers and legislators to drive change
  • Be able to amplify their voice and advocate for change around issues affecting the health and well-being of Black Californians within their respective community

Target Audience

  • CBHN network members
  • Community advocates
  • Community organizers

The HEAT Program will:

  • Teach participants the basic concepts of the legislative process, advocacy, and how to amplify community voices, and communicate with policymakers/legislators.
  • Practice through experiential learning and discuss real-life case examples and studies that illustrate the process of taking an issue to action through policy/legislation.
  • Apply what has been learned by putting it into action.

Timeline and Key Dates

  • Application Announced – October 2024
  • Black Health Equity Advocacy Week (BHEAW) in Sacramento – May 5 – 9, 2025

Contact Information
For questions or additional information, please contact us at or 916-333-0613.

2024 HEAT Program Overview

HEAT Program Overview 2024
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