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.

 

Education News

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    August 26, 2019

    Changes in Math Education Cause Anxiety Among Parents

    It’s August and kids in Sonoma County are back in school. But, as students seek help with their math homework, parents are often stumped. Math in the modern age is taught differently, and that makes it harder for adults to help. NPR “Math Guy” Keith Devlin shares his thoughts on this dilemma with…
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    August 19, 2019

    Annual Mochilada Backpack Giveaway Kicks off the School Year

    Mochila is a Spanish word for backpack – and in Santa Rosa, the annual Mochilada is a giveaway of packs full of school supplies for kids as they start the new school year. Although families were excited to celebrate the end of summer vacation, they were also anxious over immigration raids and the…
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    April 19, 2019

    Alegría De La Cruz, Newest Schools Trustee, Aims at Equity

    The newest trustee on the Santa Rosa City Schools Board, Alegría De La Cruz, was chosen April 10 by the board to fill out the term of Evelyn Anderson, who resigned to take the job of interim co-principal at the French-American Charter School. In a freewheeling conversation, De La Cruz, the chief…
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    December 12, 2018

    Sexual Assault Prevention Educator Opposes Title IX Changes

    Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX transformed college sports starting in the 1970s. More recently, student victims of sexual harassment and assault have used Title IX to make sure their stories…
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    December 10, 2018

    Immigration Tied to Benefits? County Schools Head Says No

    Sonoma County's Superintendent of Schools, Steven Herrington, released a strongly-worded letter today, objecting to a government plan to restrict immigration to the United States, or legal status for those already here, based on whether prospective immigrants might become "public charges," that is,…
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    September 18, 2018

    Sebastopol Peace Wall Adds Ellsberg, Huerta, and Two Locals

    On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a crowd of about 200 people gathered in Sebastopol’s town plaza to honor men and women who have worked nonviolently for peace and justice. It was the fourth annual induction ceremony of Sebastopol’s Living Peace Wall. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers…
  • Jul 30, 2018

    Sonoma County Launches New Mini-Grants for Educational Innovation

    Do you have a great idea that could improve education in Sonoma County? A new fund will provide grants up to $2,500 "to kick-start efforts to make a…
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    Jul 29, 2018

    Implementing the FAIR Education Act

    A recent state law requires history, as taught in public K-12 schools, to incorporate the roles of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,…
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    Jul 28, 2018

    SRJC Fire Relief Fund Provides Assistance to its Students and Staff

    The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Foundation has created a fire relief fund offering qualified recipients a check of up to $500.All students,…
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    Jul 28, 2018

    Arts Education Survey Highlights Disparities

    Just about everyone involved agrees that arts education is important and valuable. But new survey data reveals that it is far from uniformly…
  • Jul 26, 2018

    The Importance of Arts Education

    KRCB North Bay Public Media explores the importance of arts education in in K-12 education, with a community grant from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.…
  • May 28, 2017

    Arts Education Survey Highlights Disparities

    Just about everyone involved agrees that arts education is important and valuable. But new survey data reveals that it is far from uniformly…
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    Apr 27, 2017

    Water Wise Education

    The Water Wise Education Program utilizes a multifaceted approach to help students learn the value of water as an important natural resource. These…
  • Apr 26, 2017

    Water Education Program

    The Sonoma County Water Agency’s Water Education Program reaches thousands of students every year with lessons and materials on water conservation…
  • Apr 26, 2017

    Water Wise Education Materials

    Materials are only available to teachers that fall within our service area in Sonoma and Northern Marin counties, as these water providers fund the…
  • Apr 26, 2017

    Download Water Education Activities

    Here you’ll find some teacher favorite activities relating to water and the environment. They are specified by grade level and can be used in a…
  • Mar 23, 2017

    Three Democratic Governor Candidates Debate Education

    Three of the most prominent Democrats running for California governor in 2018 participated in the first debate for that political race.
  • Feb 13, 2017

    Assessing Sonoma County’s Arts Education Needs

    As school budgets shrink and curriculum requirements tighten, are Sonoma County students still getting taught about the arts? Creative Sonoma is…

Science & Health News

  • Camp Fire
    November 06, 2019

    Building Resilience After Tragedy

    Friday marks one year since the devastating Camp Fire. The anniversary, in addition to the Kincade Fire, will trigger traumatic memories for many in our community. But hardship can be used to build strength. Joyce-Mikal Flynn is a professor of nursing at California State University Sacramento and…
  • Men Caring
    November 04, 2019

    Documentary "Men Caring" Honors Those Who Support Adults With Disabilities

    In his film, "Men Caring", Bill Chayes breaks down stereotypes about adults living with disabilities and their caregivers. One of the stereotypes he addresses is that caregivers are all female. The film follows three men who work with adults with disabilities and talks about the bonds they form…
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    October 25, 2019

    How to Prepare for Fires, Power Outages and Other Emergencies

    Have an Evacuation Plan Review Sonoma County's current incident page. This map will be updated to display the latest county emergency. It will not be active if there is no emergency. Review CAL FIRE'S evacuation guide and make a plan. Stay Up To Date Sign up for emergency notifications and monitor…
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    October 24, 2019

    California Burning Podcast: Using Fire to Protect Forests

    We take a look at fire prevention techniques that have been used in California for thousands of years. Matt Fidler, the creator of the podcast and radio series “California Burning” reports, that native Californians used fire to maintain the land and also their culture for thousands of years. Listen…
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    October 10, 2019

    Two Fire Survivors Remember Lost Mothers and Seek Support

    Tuesday. October 8, 5 pm. Santa Rosa Courthouse Square. A small group gathers to commemorate lives lost two years ago in the Sonoma Complex fire. News director Steve Mencher sought out two women who were moving through the crowd with purpose – Catharine Merkel seems almost serene. But she’s feeling…
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    Oct 09, 2019

    Sonoma County Ridesharing Service Aims to Help Women Feel Safer

    A Sonoma County company wants to make ridesharing safer. “Women Driving Women” is based in Healdsburg and serves customers in both Sonoma and San…
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    Sep 14, 2019

    Educators Use Poetry to Help Kids Talk About Trauma

    Kids at Schaefer Elementary write their poems. Credit: Margo Perin. Third-grade teacher, Tracy Henry, points to an American flag hanging in her…
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    Sep 03, 2019

    Housing Insecurity Is Taking a Toll on Youth’s Health

    Miranda Hernandez and her mom, Adelina, stand inside their new home. Credit: Adia White. Standing in the Fountaingrove neighborhood, you can see the…
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    Aug 23, 2019

    October 2017 Wildfires Are Affecting Crucial Health Programs

    Image: Ashley Vejar and son Angel. Photo courtesy of the subject. Kemberly Mahiri shows me one of the hundreds of thank you cards she and other…
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    Aug 01, 2019

    Officials Address Safety Along SMART Train Corridor

    Five people have been killed by the SMART train since June, three are believed to have died by suicide. County leaders are now looking for ways to…
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    Jul 30, 2019

    Grand Jury Commends Sonoma County Jail Mental Health Program

    In Sonoma County, as elsewhere, jails increasingly serve as mental health facilities. In its yearly report, the Sonoma County Grand Jury commended a…
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    Jun 29, 2019

    Summer of Space!

    NorCal Public Media brings you the universe with SUMMER OF SPACE, a multiplatform experience that includes a month full of science and history…
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    Jun 29, 2019

    Teenage Vaping on the Rise in Sonoma County

    In 2018 the U.S. surgeon general declared teenage vaping a national epidemic. Local publisher Sonoma West published an investigation into the growing…
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    Jun 05, 2019

    Opioid Maker Insys Admits To Bribing Doctors, Agrees To Pay $225 Million Settlement

    GABRIELLE EMANUEL NPR Article Therapeutics, an opioid manufacturer, has agreed to pay $225 million to settle the federal government's criminal and…
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    May 07, 2019

    Kaiser CEO Tyson Meets with Families on Mental Health

    In late April, Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane traveled to Kaiser Permanente headquarters in Oakland. She was there with a group of family…
  • opioid pills
    May 03, 2019

    Opioid Epidemic in the Bay Area

    The opioid epidemic is devastating communities throughout the country. Northern California Public Media partners with regional public health agenies…
  • Philip
    Apr 30, 2019

    New Health Officer Tackles Measles and Other Top Concerns

    Sonoma County has a new Health Officer, responsible for overseeing the Department of Health Services. Dr. Celeste Philip started the job on April 9th…

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