Last fall I talked with Joanne Leslie, a deacon in the Diocese of Los Angeles and a brilliant scientist and educator, about the importance of food education in schools and places like Camp Stevens that centers around discovery and trying new, healthy foods rather than directions to the nearest supermarket. I’ve since had breakfast with her and strongly recommend connecting if you’re able!
Over the last few months Joanne has been working with Shelley Weitzel and the Diocese of Los Angeles to promote and provide connections to Covered California (see news article here), an organization whose mission is to increase the number of Californians with health insurance, improve the quality of health care for all Californians, reduce health care coverage costs and make sure California’s diverse population has fair and equal access to quality health care.
If you are in the San Diego area, the Diocese of San Diego has partnered with Cal State San Marcos Nursing School to provide healthcare at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Oceanside (more information here).
If you or your family does not have health insurance, or if you know someone who can benefit, please consider connecting with Shelley for help, or going directly to Covered California to apply. There are lots of messages out there politically, but the reality is that insurance is one way we can each take care of ourselves and our families.
Camp Stevens‘ mission centers around helping people. Our environmental mission statement recognizes the environmental challenges we and the earth face. Our website says: “we believe that humans living in healthy community and in harmony with the natural world are capable of creating great beauty, joy, and celebration.
Taking care and control of our own health is a good place to start engaging with helping ourselves, others, and the earth. Let’s build a healthier, more harmonious community!
Whim: “sudden idea.” This weekly-ish post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!