Community Action Council of Ramona/Julian/Warner Springs Community


  • Obesity/Diabetes Prevention- Healthy Living Scholarship: Provided funding that enabled 83 youth from low and moderate income families to participate in school-related and extra-curricular activities.
  • Obesity/Diabetes Prevention - Partners for Community Access BEST (Bringing Everyone’s Strengths Together) Youth Mentoring Program: Linked Julian and Ramona youth with caring adults providing mentorship through academic support. Over 38 mentors and 63 mentees participated in the program.
  • Access to Care – Resources Directory: Compiled information about local health services in the region and distributed over 200 copies.
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse – “I Pledge” Campaign” Conducted a community seminar about the risks and dangers of underage drinking for 140 parents.

Current Projects:

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention
Project21SD TODAY (Transforming Obesity and Diabetes Awareness in Youth) a school-based screening program is conducted by all Palomar Health Community Action Councils. It includes: Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile and blood glucose screening for targeted fifth-grader students to identify those at risk for obesity and diabetes, follow-up with families of students at-risk based on BMI percentile and/or blood glucose to connect with community resources for access to medical care and low-cost or no-cost health coverage, and education for students and their families about healthy lifestyle habits including eating and physical activity.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Escondido, San Marcos Ramona, Poway and Valley Center – Pauma school districts, North County Health Services, Neighborhood Healthcare, County of San Diego HHSA, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Network for a Healthy California at UCSD, Palomar Health staff.


  • Outcomes for all CACs: 2007: 1 school participated; 90 screened; 52% found at-risk for BMI
  • Outcomes for all CACs: 2008: 8 schools participated: 692 screened; 43% found at-risk for BMI
  • Outcomes for all CACs: 2009: 8 schools participated; 640 screened; 41% found at-risk for BMI

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention – Running Clubs:
Promotes increased physical activity among elementary school students. Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: James Dukes Elementary School, Barnett Elementary School, PTA. Outcomes: Project in process; data collection not complete.

Mental Health - Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program:
Increases the help-seeking behavior of young people by reinforcing and strengthening the bonds between them and the trusted adults in their lives. By forming a support network of parents, school, and the community-at-large, everyone can learn to recognize the symptoms, warning signs and risk factors for suicide and depression in youth.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Ramona Unified School District, PTA, Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program.

Outcomes: Over 2,000 high school and Middle school students participated in an assembly and campus activities. Staff inservice provided to K – 12 staff.

Mental Health – Walk For Life:
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention event to raise awareness and provide continuous funding sources for the prevention of suicide in Ramona.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Olive Peirce Middle School, Ramona Rotary, PTA

Outcomes: Over 150 individuals participated in the event and $1000 was raised.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse – ARRIBA Ramona Teen Center:
Provide a safe place for youth and the community to develop healthy activities and lifestyle choices, provide opportunities for all members of Ramona and the surrounding communities to engage in sports, recreational activities, and lifelong learning, and promote physical fitness and good patterns of physical, social and mental development.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Ramona Unified School District, Ramona Rotary, Ramona Teachers Association, Ramona citizens.

Outcomes: Project in process; data collection not complete.

Access to Care - Insure Kids Now!:
A school intervention program to identify students grades K- 12 lacking health coverage and assist families with access to low-cost or no-cost health care.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Ramona Unified School District, North County Health Services.

Outcomes: 30 students have been referred for assistance to health coverage resources.

Access to Care – Ramona Satellite Medical Facility:
Participates in planning of the Ramona Satellite Medical Center under the direction of Marcia Jackson, Palomar Health Director of Facilities.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Member agencies.

Outcomes: Ongoing planning and development.

Access to Care –Ramona Transportation Action Committee (RTAC):
In coordination with FACT (Full Access & Coordinated Transportation), funding has been obtained for Ramona’s Pilot Senior Transportation Project. FACT will serve as the primary resource for human services and nonprofit coordination of transportation services, marketing, maintenance, purchasing, outreach and funding in the Palomar Health region. They will also become the regional specialized transportation broker, scheduling and coordinating transportation services to fill in spatial gaps where fixed route and ADA paratransit services are not available.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: FACT, RTAC.

Outcomes: Project in process; data collection not complete.

Substance Abuse – Underage Drinking STOP ACT Grant:
A four year project to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing factors in the community that increases the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Palomar Health CAC Collaborative Partners: Communities Against Substance Abuse, Friday Night Live, Ramona Unified School District, PTA.

Outcomes: Project in process; data collection not complete.

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