Keynote Speaker

Niki Sandoval, Ph.D. (Santa Ynez Band of Chumash)

Dr. Sandoval is Senior Strategic Development Manager for WestEd, a research, development, and service agency working throughout the United States and abroad to improve educational outcomes for children, youth, and adults. In partnership with her colleagues on the Strategic Resource Planning and Implementation team, she supports state, regional, and local education agencies to align their education policies, strategies, and accountability practices to achieve more equitable outcomes for students. The team offers support through capacity-building, facilitation of professional learning networks, policy implementation strategies, and analysis of financial data, including data on the effective use of resources.

As Education Director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians (2009-2020), she worked in partnership with tribal government leaders to refine education policies and strategic educational investments, including school readiness, educational attainment, and career transitions. She is a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara where she engages undergraduates in the examination of equity issues in education. A Trustee of the Santa Barbara Foundation since 2013, she served two terms as a member of the California State Board of Education (2013-2020). Her career began at the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art and continued at the Smithsonian Institution, where she held the position of Assistant Director of Community Services for the National Museum of the American Indian. Sandoval holds a Ph.D. in Education from University of California at Santa Barbara, M.A. in Museum Studies from the George Washington University, and B.A. in Public Relations from Pepperdine University.

A Celebration of Community Health Workers

Sponsorships are available!

We invite you sponsor the FCHIP 2023 State of our Health Breakfast which will include inspiring stories, FCHIP updates, and interactive activities. Your generous support allows us to do the following in 2023-2024:

  • Advance collective equity work
  • Support FCHIP Initiatives and backbone to continue our role as convenor, facilitator of action, and builder of sustainability for impact
  • Implement a sustainable evidence-based Community Health Worker HUB model
  • Develop and engage community youth enrolled in health career pathways
  • Support county data integration efforts
  • Draw more community leaders and frontline workers to collaborate, align work, and leverage resources
  • Sustain support of the multi-sector collaboration through FCHIP’s workgroups – the Fresno County Trauma Informed Network of Care, the Food Security Network, and the Diabetes Collaborative

For More Information Contact:

Sue Kincaid
FCHIP Program Director



Health Equity and Wellness for All

Fresno Community Health Improvement Partnership (FCHIP) was established in 2014 by a devoted group of community health leaders to achieve lasting improvements in health outcomes through the alignment of health-related initiatives.

Together we develop local assets for local benefit. We are organizing innovative ways to address complex community health issues and to achieve results by taking a broader view. We are taking a whole-person, whole-household approach and addressing the social drivers of health. With this approach we will reduce costs, improve health and wellness outcomes, reduce health disparities, and transform the delivery system through value‑based initiatives.