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BHC welcomes Pari to the Learning & Evaluation team

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Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach is pleased to extend a warm welcome to Parichart “Pari” Sabado as our new Project Manager for our Learning & Evaluation team!

Pari recently joined the Learning & Evaluation team for Building Health Communities:  Long Beach.  She has 8 years of experience in research and evaluation, most of which was dedicated to working with community partners throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.  Pari firmly believes that access to quality healthcare and education and a safe environment in which to live and play are necessary components of health and well-being.  Read more...

Call for low-income homeowners!

Are you a homeowner in the E Anaheim St, Orange Ave, Cherry Ave, and 7th Street neighborhood who is interested in getting their energy bills lowered? Eligible homeowners can receive a solar electric system at no charge to save an average of 80% on their energy bills, thanks to an exciting new project from GRID Alternatives and Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach!
LEARN MORE: English, Spanish, Khmer

Deadline to apply: August 8

"School Site Councils" workshop helps parents get involved in local control

Restorative Justice Training Circle

Last Wednesday, our Schools Workgroup held a School Site Councils Workshop to help parents and residents learn more about the structure, governance, and involvement School Site Councils include. Parents who have also served on School Site Councils also attended to share their experiences of serving in these groups for their local school. The workshop was also translated into Spanish and Khmer for attendees. 

The goal of the workshop was to empower more parents to become engaged and get involved with their local School Site Council. Building on the past training sessions like the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), parents can now begin applying their knowledge about our schools into actual civic engagement. This is one of the many ways we're demonstrating that Health Happens in Schools!

For more information about the Schools Workgroup, email Dr. Juan Benitez at 

Every Student Matters: Updated School Climate Profile

The Every Student Matters Campaign (ESM) unveiled its updated Long Beach Unified School District - School Climate Profile, which is a comprehensive look at the facts and figures related to school climate and school discipline for the 2012-13 school year. There were 11,752 suspensions in 2012-13, and 48% (5,618 incidents) of those were for “willful defiance”—a subjective, minor misbehavior such as talking back or not following directions. We also see that African American and Special Education students are more likely to be suspended than their peers. Click here to review the full profile, and click here for the summary

ESM youth continue to advocate for alternatives to suspensions, expulsions, transfers, and other classroom removals through the use of positive approaches such as Restorative Justice, School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and more support staff such as counselors and school psychologists to help foster positive and healthy school communities. Thanks to all ESM youth and adult allies who contributed to this profile!

PHOTOS: Children's Vigil

Photo Credit: Romeo HebronOn July 18, the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, Filipino Migrant Center, Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization, and Downtown Associated Youth Services (DAYS) organized a Children's Vigil and Fundraiser to support the refugee children migrating from Central America who are fleeing violence and gangs and facing a broken immigration system. Thanks to all who attended!

Check out more photos here (Photo credit by Romeo Hebron and the Filipino Migrant Center). 


Neighborhoods Workgroup
August 4th
3:30 - 5:00 pm
BHC Office: 920 Atlantic Ave.

Schools Workgroup
August 6th
9:30 - 11:30 am
United Cambodian Community: 2201 E. Anaheim St. 

Environmental Health Workgroup
August 21st
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
BHC Office: 920 Atlantic Ave.

Community Safety Workgroup
August 21st
4:00 - 7:00 pm
The Village ISA: 456 Elm Ave. 

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Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach and the Long Beach Time Exchange are committed to helping residents get involved in their community. Time exchange members can earn credits by participating in qualifying BHC Long Beach events and activities and then spend their credits with other time-exchange members. To learn more about how to get involved, check out or call 562-786-6081

Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach y el Banco de Tiempo de Long Beach están comprometidos en ayudar a que los residentes de Long Beach participen en su comunidad. Miembros del Banco de Tiempo pueden obtener créditos de tiempo por su participación en eventos clasificatorios y actividades de BHC Long Beach y luego pueden gastar sus créditos con otros miembros del banco.  Para obtener más información sobre cómo participar, visite o llame al 562-786-6081.


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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 at

VoiceWaves es una organizacion de periodismo dirigida por jóvenes de Long Beach y un proyecto de capacitación en medios de communicación
Jovenes, de edades entre 16-24, aprenden a informar, escribir y crear contenido digital de
periodismo. Sus informes crearan conciencia sobre temas comunitarios saludables y activaran acción para un crear un cambio en el centro y oeste de Long Beach. Lea cuentos de los reporteros/as de Voicewaves en su página web:

Community Peace Walk for North Long Beach: July 31

An alliance of community organizations, churches and residents plan to walk for peace in North Long Beach and other communities racked by violence. The Peace Walk on Atlantic Avenue, planned as a positive response to the recent spate of violence, seeks to call attention to the need for unity and addressing the root causes of violence in communities. The peace walk will conclude with a cultural friendship celebration of the multicultural community that is North Long Beach. Testimonials from community residents, cultural performances, and health and social service information booths will be part of the celebration. Learn more...

Reunion mensual de LB Latinos in Acción: 5 de Agosto

Se acerca un mes mas con una excelente presentacion, por el Departamento de salud, tendremos un super tema sobre la contaminacion dentro y fuera de su hogar ademas se rifaran productos no toxicos y un aspiradora. 

Aproveche la oportunidad de aprender del tema, e invite a sus vecinos, amigos y familiares, Los primeros 50 tendran la oportunidad de recibir un boleto para el sorteo. Aprender más...

Sixth District Day at King Pool: August 2 

LB Peace Walk6th District Councilman Dee Andrews is pleased to announce a free day at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool, on Thursday, August 2nd, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, located at 1910 Lemon Avenue.
All residents are invited to attend this refreshing free annual community event. “Summertime is a great time to get out to enjoy the company of your family and neighbors. This is what this event is about and it will keep you cool enough to stay all afternoon”, said Councilman Andrews.
This event is part of the Councilman Andrews 6th District Free Summer events. The Councilman encourages all the 6th District residents, along with residents citywide, to join him for this free summer activities. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816 or log on to

Pancake and Waffle Breakfast for Kids: August 2

For more information and to sign-up, call 562-570-6816.

Community Inclusion Circle Series: August 13, 14

Join us, invite your friends neighbors and family members to participate in Community Inclusion Circle Series, a collaboration between California Conference for Equality and Justice, Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach and South Coast Interfaith Council.
Community Inclusion Circles Series creates opportunities to build relationships through the power of community. Light refreshments will be provided. We invite you to save these dates:
Interfaith Inclusion Circle
August 13, 2014  |  5:30-8 PM
Long Beach Islamic Center: 1525 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach 90813
Communities of Color Inclusion Circle
August 14, 2014  |  5:30-8:00 PM
Building Healthy Communities: 920 Atlantic Ave. #102, Long Beach 90813
Interfaith Inclusion Circle
September 10, 2014  |  5:30-8:00 PM
Long Beach Islamic Center: 1525 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach 90813
Download the event flyers: Communities of Color | Interfaith
Please RSVP with Christopher Covington at (562) 435-8184.

Housing Long Beach Leadership Summit: August 16

(Español abajo)

Join Housing Long Beach for an all day training and leadership development session. Afternoon workshops will grow your skills to impact change in Long Beach. Sessions include: Government 101, Basics of Community Organizing, Power Analysis, and Public Speaking. 

Child care, interpretation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

Acompanenos a un dia de entrenamiento y talleres de liderazgo. Los tallares de la tarde ayudarana a que sus habilidades crescan para asi lograr un efecto de cambio en Long Beach. Los talleres son: Gobierno 101, Clases basicas para organizar a la comunidad, Analizando el Poder y Hablar frente al publico.

Se proveera el cuidado de ninas y ninos, interpretacion, desayuno y lonche.


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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

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James Suazo, Hub Coordinator

Laura Merryfield, Parent Education Organizer

Julia Castaneda, Operations Manager

Micaela Salatino, LBTE/BHC Membership Coordinator

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