Evidence Briefing: Addressing Structural Determinants of Youth Development for Safe and Healthy Communities

January 22, 2020

 The California Initiative for Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA), in sponsorship with PolicyLink and California Legislative Black Caucus, and with supporting co-sponsorship from the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, hosted  a policy briefing entitled, “Addressing Structural Determinants of Youth Development for Safe and Healthy Communities". 

The briefing presented research evidence to inform future State policy and practice that promotes safety and wellbeing in all California communities and facilitated productive discussion of innovative strategies/policies to address the systematic racism and structural violence that impede health, safety, and social justice for Black, Latinx, Native American and Indigenous youth in California.

Marc Philpart, Managing Director at PolicyLink and principal coordinator for the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, moderated a discussion regarding the ways in which the State can advance policies that support systems of healing and well-being for young people and communities of color in California. The interactive panel presentation and discussion focused on the opportunities and challenges related to promoting health, community safety and law enforcement accountability, while expanding the health equity advances that California has made through the California Act to Save Lives, The Racial Identity and Profiling Act of 2015, and similar legislation.


  • Danielle Dupuy, PhD (Director of Research and Programs at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA and Co-Director of the Million Dollar Hoods Project, “Incarceration and Violence among Youth: Evidence from Los Angeles”)
  • Erin Kerrison, PhD (Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley“Community Policing as Public Health Crisis.”)
  • Victor Rios, PhD (Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara, Intervening in The School-To-Conviction Pipeline:  School Tracking and Stop-and-Frisk Policing in the Lives of Black and Latino Males”)


  • Marc Philpart, MPA, MPH (Co-Director of the California Future Health Workforce Commission, Founder and CEO of Health Career Connection), Discussant


--- This event was co-sponsored by The California Initiative for Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA)PolicyLink, the California Legislative Black Caucus, and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color---