• Low-Income Students Face Food Insecurity During Summer Break

    Brianna Chavez

    This year, our news team won three awards from the Public Media Journalists Association. Our series on Roseland health, produced in partnership with local bilingual station KBBF, won second place in its division for collaboration. For one of the reports in this series, KRCB’s Adia White visited Roseland Elementary on their first day of school. Ninety percent of students in this district qualify for free and reduced priced lunch, but in the summer, families must find other options.

     (Pictured at right Roseland Elementary fourth grader Brianna Chavez. She prefers to bring her own lunch to school. Maybe it's because of her  cool lunchbox - Photo by KRCB's Adia White)

    This reporting is supported by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund. 

    Our Roseland Health Project is done in partnership with KBBF, Radio 89.1 FM, Santa Rosa's bilingual community radio station.


  • KRCB Begins Collaboration with KBBF on Roseland Health

    IMG 5045Created in 1971 by students from Sonoma State University and community leaders, KBBF in Santa Rosa was the first bilingual, bicultural educational radio service in the United States when it went on the air two years later.
    KRCB and KBBF are working together this fall, with funding from the University of Southern California Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund to explore health in Roseland after the neighborhood's annexation into the City of Santa Rosa.
    To start the project, KBBF's program director Edgar Avila sat down with KRCB news director Steve Mencher to talk about why the collaboration is important to both stations and holds great promise for the local community.
    (Photo: "Naked ladies" at proposed Roseland Creek Park in Roseland. Among the subjects we'll be covering in our Roseland health series, we'll talk about how access to parks is important to the health of community residents. Photo by Steve Mencher/KRCB) 
  • Informe Program at KBBF Tackles Health: En Español

    roseland creek park planAs part of our collaboration with Santa Rosa's KBBF bilingual radio station, we're presenting portions of their "Informe KBBF" news call-in program about health.
    This work is supported by a grant from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.
    (Image: Park plan created by the City of Santa Rosa for Roseland Creek Community Park. Different segments of the community, with differing goals, have been engaged in the process. We'll have a longer story about this park as part of our Roseland Health project.)

    August 10, 2018 episode of Informe, with an introduction to the idea of the social determinants of health, featuring Dr. Enrique Gonzales:
    During this broadcast, producer of Informe KBBF, Edgar Avila, greets the audience for the first time behind the microphone. He introduced the Roseland Health Project, played back and expanded on the interview with Steve Mencher, KRCB news director, and introduced the concept of "social determinants of health" with Dr. Enrique Gonzalez-Mendez, longtime KBBF volunteer.

    This initial program introduced different topics that may come up during the project: housing, immigration, nutrition, poverty, gang violence, infrastructure, open space and education. 

    August 17, 2018 episode of Informe, looked at how housing and insecurity around renting -- and the jump in housing prices -- affects the health of residents of Roseland and other areas of Santa Rosa. 

    Informe KBBF host Mariana Almaraz reviews last week’s topics and introduces the topic of housing with Dr. Gonzalez.

    This hour-long show tackles how housing insecurity and high rents affect Roseland residents’ health. Host Mariana Almaraz is joined by Dr. Enrique Gonzalez. Mariana plays audio from her conversation with Nora Villanueva, a KBBF volunteer who conducted street interviews in Roseland earlier in the year.

    Nora says every person she spoke with was concerned about housing. Interviewees share grievances about the high cost of rent and lack of options .Mariana and Dr. Gonzalez discuss health impacts of poor housing conditions. One caller urges caution when when looking for housing – landlords can take advantage of the tight market and rent properties in poor condition.

    August 24, 2018 episode of Informe KBBF tackles gang violence.
    Host Mariana Almaraz is joined by Dr. Enrique Gonzalez and Alfredo Sanchez, a longtime community organizer and activist, for this hour on gang violence. Dr. Gonzalez talks about the history of gangs in Sonoma County, the mixed record of the gang task force and what programs have been effective in curbing gang activity.
    In a series of street interviews, residents discuss cultural and generational differences in raising children and how overworked parents are not able to spend enough time with their kids. Callers share advice for teens and stories about their own parenting styles. Alfredo discusses the importance of disciplining children without using violence and fostering emotional connection within families.

    August 31 episode of Informe, KBBF in two parts. This two-hour show, hosted by Mariana Almaraz, focuses on trauma related to immigration.
    The episode begins with recordings of interviews in Roseland, in which residents describe how the fear of deportation has caused people to leave the house less, shop less, even refuse to go to work. Dr. Enrique Gonzalez joins the program to explain how trauma is connected to chronic illness. Social worker Belinda Hernandez Arriaga calls in to describe her work with families in a Texas detention center, and shares advice on how to support traumatized children and families. Dr. Gonzalez closes out the program by listing symptoms of trauma in children, and encourages families to create a plan in case a parent is detained.
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    September 14 episode of Informes on youth nutrition.

    Host Mariana Almaraz and Dr. Enrique Gonzalez spend this two-hour program discussing nutrition. The show begins with an interview with Adia White, a KRCB journalist. White reported on food insecurity in Roseland -- 90 percent of children in the district receive free or reduced lunches.

    Patricia Moreno, a mother to a 13-year-old girl, joins the conversation. She says the district does offer healthy food, but she sees students throw away vegetables and kick around apples. She says parents need to help children understand that food is sacred. A caller said they wanted to know how big companies influence what schools serve. Dr. Gonzalez said traditional diets hold a lot of wisdom; together, beans and corn are a complete protein. He mentioned the importance of reducing the consumption of meat and sugar.

    September 21 episode of Informes on Roseland Creek Park

    Host Mariana Almaraz is joined by Steve Mencher, news director at KRCB. Steve says he was urged to cover Roseland Creek Park, which is in development, by many nonprofit leaders and city administrators. There is tension between how some community members want to use the park and what the nearby homeowners want.

    Steve reminded listeners that there are upcoming community hearings and to participate to make their voice heard. A caller talks about the expense of paying for youth sports fields, and wonders if the park will include a soccer field.  Steve replies that it likely will not. Three volunteers with the Roseland Community Building Initiative (CBI) join the program to talk about their work to prevent youth delinquency, support all-age activities and beautify Roseland.

    They also invite listeners to an upcoming community clean-up in Roseland. Local activist Ana Salgado wonders why volunteers have to keep streets clean when the city should also bear responsibility. Ana reminds listeners that there’s a city app for reporting overflowing trash bins, graffiti and more.

  • Santa Rosa Hosts Gang Prevention Training for Parents

    The City of Santa Rosa is working to make our neighborhoods safer from violence. On Sept. 19, the City’s Violence Prevention Partnership hosted a training seminar for parents on how to keep their children out of gangs. Reporter Adia White went to that training and has more. NBRgangpreventionParent awareness training at Roseland Elementary School. Credit: Adia White

    This story is part of our collaboration with radio station KBBF. The reporting is supported by a grant from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.

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  • Violence Prevention Partnership Keeps Kids out of Gangs

    Gang violence has been reduced in Santa Rosa over the last twenty years  that’s according to police crime statistics and the city’s violence prevention partnership. The reduction in violence is partly due to the formation of this partnership  which pairs youth with services to keep them out of trouble. Reporter Adia White talked with the partnership's community outreach specialist, Salvador Sanchez Strawbridge, about why he joined a gang in Santa Rosa during his youth and how he’s been able to turn his life around.
    On Sept. 22, Sonoma County's Community Action Partnership gave Salvador Sanchez Strawbridge a community engagement award for his work with youth. This report is part of our ongoing partnership with radio station KBBF. It's supported by a grant from the USC-Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund. Sanchez GangPreventionCommunity Outreach Specialist Salvador Sanchez Strawbridge. Photo Credit: Jesus Sanchez
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  • As City Builds New Park in Roseland, Whose Voices Are Heard?

    jen santos burbank ave entrance roselandcreekWhen we asked nonprofits active in Roseland about issues connected to the health of the community, they drew our attention to a small proposed park on a creek. How the park will be developed has become a lively neighborhood debate. Our three-part examination of the park begins today.
    In this first story, Jen Santos, Deputy Director of Santa Rosa’s Department of Recreation and Parks (pictured in front of the park boundary on Burbank Avenue) walked Roseland Creek with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher in late summer.

    open space signYesterday, we heard from Santa Rosa’s deputy parks director about plans for a new community park in Roseland. The 20 acre site is an oasis of nature and beauty. Members of the community differ on how the park should be built to provide maximum benefit to all.

    Today, we meet Duane DeWitt – a neighborhood activist who lives near this park,  and who played in what he calls this “neighborWOOD” as a child.

    Listen to community member Sandra Valencia talk with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher about what her friends and neighbors are saying about the park.

    Reporting for this project supported by a grant from the USC-Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.

    Visit the City of Santa Rosa Parks and Rec Department Draft Master Plan Concept (PDF)

  • Roseland Community Learns Medicinal Herb Use at Bayer Farms

    On average, residents of Southwest Santa Rosa have poorer health outcomes than their neighbors in more affluent sections of the city. According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, a 2014 report published by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, found that Roseland had a lower human development index than the state of Mississippi, which is ranked lowest in the nation. Human development indices are based on a number of factors including health, income and education.

    As part of our continuing coverage of health in Roseland, KRCB’s Adia White attended a class called “Cultivating for Health” at Bayer Neighborhood Park and Gardens. She has more on Maria de los AngelesMaria de los Angeles Quiñones stands in the medicinal herb garden at Bayer Farms. Photo Credit: Adia Whitehow this group is taking control of their health by growing, preparing and using medicinal plants.

    This report is part of our ongoing partnership with radio station KBBF. It is supported by a grant from the USC-Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.


    Escucha en Español/Listen in Spanish

    En promedio, los residentes del suroeste de Santa Rosa tienen peores resultados de salud que sus vecinos en las secciones más prósperas de la ciudad.
    De acuerdo con Santa Rosa Press Democrat, un informe de 2014 publicado por el Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Sonoma, encontró que Roseland tenía un índice de desarrollo humano más bajo que el estado de Mississippi, que ocupa el puesto más bajo en la nación.
    Los índices de desarrollo humano se basan en una serie de factores que incluyen la salud, los ingresos y la educación.
    Como parte de nuestra cobertura continua de salud en Roseland, Adia White de KRCB asistió a una clase llamada "Cultivación para La Salud" en Bayer Neighborhood Park and Gardens. Ella tiene más información sobre cómo este grupo toma el control de su salud mediante el cultivo, la preparación y el uso de plantas medicinales.
    Este informe es parte de nuestra asociación continua con la estación de radio KBBF. Cuenta con el apoyo de una subvención del Fondo de Impacto del Centro de USC-Annenberg para Periodismo de Salud.
    (María de los Ángeles Quiñones se encuentra en el jardín de hierbas medicinales en Bayer Farms. Crédito de foto: Adia White)
  • Roseland, Santa Rosa Health, by the Numbers

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    Graphic by Sara Holt
  • Salud en Roseland, Santa Rosa, por numeros

    RoselandHealthByTheNumbers flyer Spanish
    por Sara Holt
  • Some COVID-19 restrictions may be lifted as soon as Sunday

    coronavirus 4957673 1280By Marc Albert
    Sonoma County is on the brink of being able to lift some pandemic-related restrictions….as soon as this weekend.
    That could mean cinemas, gyms, museums, zoos, and restaurants could reopen, though none at full capacity. Orders limiting the number of shoppers in a grocery store at any one time would be lifted entirely.
    Officials at the county’s weekly briefing said the positivity rate has dropped, and both the number and percentage of those vaccinated is rising impressively.
    Dr. Urmila Shende is the county’s vaccine chief.

    “As of today we’ve administered over 162,000 doses in Sonoma County and nearly 28 percent of Sonoma County residents have received at least one dose and 12 percent are fully vaccinated.”

    The county’s Ken Tasseff says those figures are among the best in California. 

    Not everything is rosy though. Vaccinations are lagging among those most at risk of falling ill, also among groups least likely to receive regular medical care. Statistics among these groups have held the county back from advancing from the most restrictive ‘purple’ tier, to the ‘red’ one. 

    State officials this weekend may change or lift the requirements if vaccinations among such groups, which includes farmworkers, reaches 2 million statewide. That has local officials confident Sonoma County will switch to red next week at the latest. 

    Officials are also concerned that delivery delays may hinder second inoculations to those who’ve gotten their first jab. Supervisors were told the county would receive 20 fewer doses next week than last. And that some shipments were switched to the newer, single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.   

    Shande says a state-directed shift giving insurance giant Blue Shield a major role in vaccine delivery shouldn’t disrupt county-led efforts to vaccinate those lacking access to healthcare. 

    “It’s a very complicated process so we ask for your understanding as it unfolds. But we want to stress that so far, it has felt very collaborative, it has been very good communication between Blue Shield and our department.”

    Officials stressed that regardless of the statistics and fatigue, people should continue wearing masks, practicing good hygiene and maintaining distance from others. 

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