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Central California Life Magazine

Are Valley Communities Giving Up on Government?

A Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation Event

Moderated by Joe Moore, Director of Public Content, KVPR-. In The California Wellness Foundation's Advancing Wellness Poll, Central Valley residents were more likely than those in other parts of the state to give their communities poor ratings regarding neighborhood health. As the Valley has grown into a major urban area, its infrastructure--in health, education, transit, and other public services--has struggled to keep up with the need. Many communities are bridging the gaps with homegrown solutions--from the doctor who operates a clinic out of an old bus, to residents who run free taxis for their neighbors. How much can communities get done by themselves? Is self-reliance the future--or a stopgap until institutions catch up? Rey Leon of Valley LEAP's Green Raiteros rideshare, the Tulare County Food Bank's Sarah Ramirez, and Fresno State sociologist Kris Clarke visit Zócalo to examine what it takes to make a healthy neighborhood in the heart of the Valley. This event is part of a Zócalo Inquiry into what makes a healthy neighborhood, produced in conjunction with The California Wellness Foundation. To improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Learn more at About Zócalo Public Square: Zócalo Public Square connects people to ideas and to each other by examining essential questions in an accessible and broad-minded spirit. Zócalo seeks to create a welcoming intellectual space for all, at a time when our country's public sphere and our global digital conversation have become ever more polarized and segregated. Zócalo pursues this mission by convening events and by publishing ideas journalism. We are committed to translating ideas to broad audiences and to engaging a new and diverse generation in the public square. All of their events are FREE, open to the public, and followed by a hosted reception. For more information, please visit Please RSVP for this free public event by our friends at Zocalo Public Square, and we'll see you soon!

Date & Time

October 25, 2016

6:30PM - 9:00PM