Mark Raises Awareness About Student Concussions with Former NFL Players

June 4, 2018
DeSaulnier Digest

Dear Contra Costa County Residents:

Over the past week, we were busy at events and meetings across Contra Costa County, working on some of the most pressing issues facing our community. Below is a snapshot of the events and meetings we attended and a preview of our upcoming town hall.


I am pleased to invite you to join us for a town hall on Monday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Danville Community Center. This will be our 65th town hall and mobile district office hour since coming to Congress in January of 2015. During the town hall, I will provide a legislative update on what is happening in Washington, take questions, and discuss the services our office can provide. Please RSVP here.

Danville Town Hall
Monday, June 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Danville Community Center
420 Front Street
Danville, CA 94526
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.


District Office Hours
It was a pleasure to meet one-on-one with constituents during District Office Hours at our Walnut Creek office. During the event, we met with more than 20 constituents, discussed federal legislation, and assisted with issues constituents are experiencing with federal agencies.

Visited 2nd Graders at Meadow Homes Elementary School
I paid a visit to Ms. Garcia's 2nd grade class at Meadow Homes Elementary School in Concord to thank them for the special video greeting they made to celebrate the 2018 Congressional Voice for Children Award I received from the National Parent Teacher Association.

Unveiling the Winner of the Congressional Art Competition
We announced Campolindo High School freshman, Mindy Lou, as the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for California's 11th Congressional District. Her acrylic painting entitled "Love and Pride" will be displayed in the United States Capitol, and I hope its message of inclusion and acceptance resonates with all who view it. Learn more about the competition here.

Concord Pride
During Pride Month we celebrate how far we have come and the heroes and activists who have helped inspire change. While we have come far, there is still work to be done in the fight for equality for all Americans regardless of who they love. I was delighted to be among friends at the Concord Pride celebration in Todos Santos Plaza.


Announcing Legislation to Help Protect Student Athletes from Concussions
According to figures from the National Federation of State High School Associations, an estimated 140,000 students playing high school sports suffer concussions every year, though many go unreported. At our Concussion Prevention Event at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, I announced the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act (H.R. 3580), which would establish much-needed nationwide standards for schools on concussion safety. H.R. 3580 would also encourage schools to develop practices that exceed national standards by taking a holistic approach to preventing, detecting, and treating concussions. Learn more about our efforts here.     

Speaking with Students about Concussions
I joined Akili Calhoun, former Defensive Tackle for the Oakland Raiders, Dennis Brown, former Defensive End for the San Francisco 49ers, Michelle McGallian, certified athletic trainer, and Dr. Moussa Yazbeck of John Muir Health at Ygnacio Valley High School to speak with students and teachers about concussion safety.

Talking Concussions in the News
I spoke with the East Bay Times, KTVU, and KPIX about our event at Ygnacio Valley High School and our work in Congress to combat this epidemic.

East Bay Times:
Ex-49er lineman Brown hopes DeSaulnier's concussion bill will 'educate all of us'

KPIX: Concussion Prevention Program Comes to East Bay High School