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The Raising of America, a BAHFG Program

Friday, September 16, 2016 -
12:30pm to 3:00pm PDT
Metta Fund
850 Battery St., Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Several studies suggests investing in the well-being of our youngest children—and the people who raise and care for them—will benefit our society.  Why then does our nation do so little for young children and their families? How might we do better to build the foundations for life-long emotional, intellectual and even physical health and development?

  • The United States ranks 26 out of 29 rich nations, when it comes to children's well-being.
  • Americans now work more hours than any other rich nation, yet the middle class is shrinking at rapid rates.
  • One in four American children is born into poverty. 

The Raising of America is an ambitious documentary series and public engagement campaign that seeks to reframe the way we look at early child health and development. It illustrates how a strong start for all of our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and equitable nation.

Join film producers Larry Adelman and Rachel Poulain and the Bay Area Health Funders Group for a live screening and post-film discussion to learn how these socioeconomic factors impact the strong foundation all kids need to thrive and how we might do to change the story.  

Join Us To:   

  • Watch how socioecnomic issues such as workforce policies, income and equality, education, health, and affordable housing impact the development of America's children.
  • Learn about national policies and initiatives aimed at helping American families thrive.
  • Engage in interactive dialogue to learn what it would take to mobilize change and influence policy in order to ensure the well-being of kids and families throughout the Bay Area.  


  • 12:30 pm-1:00 pm: Networking lunch 
  • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Film Screening 
  • 2:00 pm-3:00 pm: Discussion with film producers 


  • Larry Adelman, Series Creator and Executive Producer, California Newsreel
  • Rachel Poulain, Director of Public Engagement and Senior Associate Producer, California Newsreel

About the Bay Area Health Funders Group (BAHFG)

Bay Area Health Funders Group gathers in common cause toward the well-being of our communities. Funders from a spectrum of interest areas identify shared concerns and areas where they can support each other’s priorities.

Network members fund critical health issues such as access and equity and also welcome partners making investments to help build healthy communities more broadly, including nutritious foods, early childhood education, family services and environmental health. 

Film Producer Bios 

Larry Adelman is the Series Creator and executive producer of the film. He is also the co-director and head of production for California Newsreel, the country's oldest non-profit, documentary production and distribution center. Adelman was the creator and executive producer of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (2007), which explores the root causes of the nation's alarming inequities in health, winner of a duPont-Columbia Award, the 2009 Best Film/Radio/Television Award from the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine and other honors. Adelman was also the creator and executive producer of the pioneering PBS series, RACE – The Power of an Illusion (2003). Among the other award-winning documentaries broadcast by PBS that he has produced, co-produced and/or directed include The Business of America... (1984), Collision Course (1988) and The Road to Brown (1990).

Rachel Poulain, MPH is the Director of Public Engagement & Series Associate Producer. She comes from a health and communications background and served as Director of Outreach and Associate Producer for the award-winning documentary seriesUNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, created by California Newsreel. Rachel teaches a trans-disciplinary documentary filmmaking course (since 2006) at San Francisco State University where students partner with community organizations to make films for health justice. Previously, Rachel was Communications Associate at the California School Health Centers Association. She started her career in health communications as Research Associate and Communications Production Manager at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity.


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