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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow!

This past year at BHC, we have been so fortunate to have 4 amazing interns that spent their time here in our office and in the BHC community! All the work we've done to date has been immensely supported by our interns and we want to take this opportunity to thank them and celebrate them! We are sad to see them go, but we know they are all going to do great things after this!

Rebecca da Silva
Bachelor of Social Work Intern
Rebecca da Silva
Please describe your experience with BHC.
It was really interesting to see for the first time how an organization like BHC works and how is it's structure. BHC Long Beach has a great work environment that just by being part of the group interns learn great life lessons. Beside, BHC Long beach is a great networking for the interns who are just starting on the field.

Where are you headed to next and how has your internship helped you in your next steps?
My next steps are to continue my education and community organization. BHC Long Beach helped me to open my eyes how agencies work in America. Unfortunately, the school requires my next placement to be in micro social work, in order for me to build all the skills. However, I will come back to the macro field and work together with BHC as soon as possible.

Mel (Melchicedec) Palacios
Bachelor of Social Work Intern
Melchicedec Palacios

Please describe your experience with BHC.
First and foremost without the support of the media and communications coordinator and the patience by the field instructor, I would not have been able to function. I would say that while at BHC, I have seen that the work that is required to engage the community to participate in the development of their own programs is complicated because there are many barriers that have been set by the system (e.g., rules and regulations, stereotypes, disempowering tactics utilized by the system), which were made by people who are well off and have the time to read a policy and/ or attend public hearings. People in the community are struggling to make ends meet, so that is what they are focusing on. Some of them may have lost faith in the way the system works, so they would rather strive to do what they can on their own. I would say that if there is anyone who would benefit from this placement, that would be a student who is studying communications because they would learn so much that they would get addicted to the work with the media and communications coordinator.

Where are you headed to next and how has your internship helped you in your next steps?
I’m headed for a breakdown! I’ll continue to try to engage the community, especially I would like to go see how I can get the people from El Salvador engage to restore peace for once in our lives. Aside from that, I am going to complete my airframe and powerplant certificate to make the money and support my family financially since at this moment I do not believe that I should be getting paid as a social worker. 

Maya DeNola
Bachelor of Social Work Intern
Maya DeNola
Please describe your experience with BHC.
If I had to choose just one word to describe my experience it would be: Inclusive.
BHC-LB embodies the idea of community inclusion and non-hierarchical communication. The staff at BHC and every one of the community partners has made me feel welcome and engaged form day one. I have a lot of positive hope for Long Beach with such passionate, smart and creative people leading the push for a healthier community. THANK YOU.

Where are you headed to next and how has your internship helped you in your next steps?
I will be moving to Denver, Co at the end of June to attend graduate school at University of Denver. I will be working on my MSW and interning with the Colorado Juvenile Defender coalition, working to assist individuals sentenced as juveniles to Life without the possibility of Parole. These individuals are now facing the possibility of a sentence commutation and my task will be to advocate for them in the criminal justice system and provide individual case management.

BHC-LB has taught me a LOT about smart, strategic and person centered advocacy, I can’t wait to apply what I have learned in Colorado. And of course to use the great communications strategies Ana so skillfully employs!

Thank you BHC-LB for an awesome year!

Laura Sandoval
Master of Social Work Intern
Laura Sandoval
Please describe your experience with BHC.
I met so many great people at and through BHC. IT's so inspiring to see how the community has come together and mobilize toward making our city a healtheir place.

Where are you headed to next and how has your internship helped you in your next steps?
Seeing how place impacts health is a lesson that wills tay with me. I'll definitely be using what I saw and learned about organizing and applying that to my continued professional work. As far as where I'm headed next, res assured I'll still be found biking around Long Beach.

We also want to do a HUGE shout-out, thank you and congratulations to Elsa Torres, who interned at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Erica Moore, who interned with council member Steven Neal's office. We wish you all the very best!


Table of Contents


Raise Your Voice on SCIG
May 8th
LA City Hall

AOC7 Literacy Fair
May 11th
MacArthur Park

Foundational Sub Committee
May 15th
BHCLB Office

Long Beach Asthma Resource Fair
May 18th
Admiral Kidd Park

Full Calendar of Events


Community Map
Community Action Plan
The California Endowment
Long Beach TIme Exchange
ommunity Partners


Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach and the Long Beach TIme Exchange have started an exciting new partnership! Using the model of the time exchange, Time Exchange members will be able to earn credits participating/volunteering at qualifying BHC Long Beach events and vice versa! To read more about the Time Exchange and how you can get involved, you can check out their website!


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VoiceWaves is a Long Beach youth-led journalism and media-training project. The youth, ages 16-24, are learning to report, write, and create digital journalism content. Their reports will raise awareness of  healthy community issues and activate change action in Central and West Long Beach. Read stories by Voicewaves reporters on their website:


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BHC Statewide has combined forces with AmeriCorps to provide direct youth mentoring services. In Long Beach, we have 10 AmeriCorps members working with Long Beach Youth to address positive youth development and resiliency, offer youth skills and support to increase physical and emotional safety, decrease violence, and lay the foundation for healthy and productive lives. 
To learn more about the AmeriCorps program, you can visit their website: or contact Kendra Jennis, AmeriCorps Facilitator at
Long Invisible, Domestic Workers in CA Are Stepping Out of the Shadows
By: Voicewaves

Fifteen years ago, my graduate school instructor posed a series of questions that still guie me to this day: If you found yourself in a time warp and living in the Jim Crow era south, would you say and do nothing, as many people did? Or, would you organize and fight against Jim Crow laws and policies? What side of history would you be on, he asked. The side of the liberators? Or would you just watch silently?

Read the full article on Voicewaves

Are you ready to rock the rainbow?


Stay tuned for our next newsletter for more details about BHC Fit!

Coming Summer 2013!


Upcoming Community Events

LCFF Teach-In

Have you or any of your peers ever been suspended unjustly from school?
Should food in your school be healthier and tastier?
Would it help to have more funding invested into your education?

Did you know? There are a number of bills in Sacramento being decided on that can greatly have an effect on the quality of education you receive.

 AB 420  Limits the reasons a student can be suspended for.
 SB 744  Helps any student with a history with the judicial system to come back into to the school system and finish high school.

LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) - Completely renovates the way school are currently funded and provides more money where more money is needed. Especially in low-income, ESL and foster car youth.
When: May 18, 2013
Where: Centro CHA - 1900 Atlantic Ave, 2nd Floor
Time: 2-4pm

For more information call Cesar at 562-951-1015 or

This event is sponsored by: Californians for Justice

Raise Your Voice on SCIG!/ Alza su Voz!

Tell the LA City Council to Vote NO on SCIG
The LA City Council will be reviewing the SCIG rail yard project. We, the communities of Wilmington and Long Beach, will call on the City Council to reject the proposed siting of the BNSF rail yard, known as the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG), because it will subject our communities to elevated rates of asthma, lung cancer and heart disease due to increased diesel truck and train activity. We are insisting that the City Council stop the project because it not only violates both California and federal environmental justice laws, but it is morally reprehensible and racially discriminatory.
The project will:
 - Add 2 million truck trips and hundreds of train trips a year to the local community
 - Kill 600 more local jobs than it will create
*Caravan from Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA) to Meeting at 8:30am
Green LA Port Working Group
For More Info:
Call Elena - 562-453-8975 (Spanish)
Call Wynton - 562-243-8926 (English)
YouTube: Dear Mr. Warren Buffet
Dile al Concilio de L.A. que Vote NO en el SCIG
El Concilio de la Ciudad de Los Angeles va a revisar el proyecto del patio de ferrocarril conocideo como el Southern California International Gateway (SCIG). Las comunidades de Wilmington y Long Beach le pediran al Concilio que rechacen la propuesta del proyector porque va a someter a las comunidades locales a mas asma, cancer del pulmon y enfermedades del corazon debido a un aumento de camiones ye trenes diesel. Residentes de la comunidad insisten que el Concilio pare el proyecto, porque no solo viola las leyes de justicia ambiental federales y de California pero tambien es moralmente reprobable ye racialmente discriminatoria.
El proyecto:
 - Aumenta 2 millones de viajes de camiones y cienes de viajes de tren al ano en la comunidad local
 - Elimina 600 puestos de trabajo mas que lo que crea
*Caravana desde Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA) a la junta a las  8:30am
Green LA Port Working Group
Para Mas Informacion:
Lllame Elena - 562-453-8975 (Espanol)
Llame Wynton - 562-243-8926 (Ingles)
YouTube: Dear Mr. Warren Buffet


What's At State for the State?
Download the Report
Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform and Our Future Together

Healthy City - BHC Data and Mapping Tool
Healthy City Central & West Long Beach Map is an easy-to-use online platform for accessing data, creating maps, and finding local information on services. Click the link above to access the Healthy CIty Map specifically for BHC Long Beach!

California Immigrant Integration Scorecard
Download the Report and Materials
USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration presents innovative California Scorecard, includes regional ratings of immigrant progress

Job Opportunities

Community Health Associate II
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has established itself as one of the nation's most respected healthcare leaders by elevating care to an art. After all, the same dedication, passion and technical skills that make for an extraordinary artist define the exceptional professionals who choose to establish their careers with us. If you are committed to practicing your craft at a higher level, we invite you to join us. Read more about the position and how you can apply here.

Contact BHC Long Beach

If you'd like to get involved in BHC Long Beach or would like to know more information, feel free to give us a call, stop by or visit our website.

BHC Long Beach
920 Atlantic Ave, #102
Long Beach, CA 90813

Rene Castro, Hub Manager

Ana Bonilla, Hub Coordinator

Julia Castaneda, Admin Assistant

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