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Every Student Matters Campaign Launch

You're invited to a community forum being organized by student leaders from the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Long Beach Youth Committee and "Every Student Matters" campaign. The "Every Student Matters" Community Forum will take place on Saturday, March 30 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the community center at Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802.

The community forum on March 30 will feature a panel of student and parent leaders sharing their experiences with school climate and discipline issues.   

RSVP on Facebook & invite your friends to the event! 

Every Student Matters Flyer

WATCH: Organizing Institute Video Now on YouTube

The Advanced Organizing Institute at Centro Shalom is excited to share its informational video: Inform, Inspire, Engage: Transformative Change. Funded by the California Endowment, the mission of the Advanced Organizing Institute is to create a cadre of young adults trained in advanced organizing skills who will implement policy and systems change consistent with the vision of the Building Healthy Communities Initiative. This video highlights the need for the Organizing Institute in Long Beach, and includes testimonies by graduates from our Class of 2012.

LAST CHANCE: Online Survey Deadline Extended!

There is still time to fill-out the Community Action Plan Update Survey!

The deadline has been extended and you still have a little bit of time left to fill out the survey online for the BHC Long Beach Community Action Plan Update! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Bringing Sex Abuse Education to Schools in Long Beach

By: Ben Novotny
Proponents for sex-abuse education, including “Erin’s Law” sponsor Erin Merryn, came together to speak about the issue at the Long Beach Memorial Hospital last Friday.

“Many of my constituents, especially young women, are at-risk for abuse and human trafficking,” said Long Beach Councilmember Dee Andrews, who invited . “This will be an incredible opportunity to discuss how community leaders can modernize and implement Erin’s Law, as well as make a point that the City of Long Beach is obligated to protect our children from all types of harm and violence.”


LA Harbor Commissioners OK SCIG Railyard

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Thursday, March 9th was an important day for environmentalists, community groups, Long Beach officials, community residents, the port of Los Angeles, and ultimately the larger LA region. The approval or rejection of the final EIR for the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) would determine whether or not the SCIG rail yard project would move forward. After 7 hours of public comments, the Board of Harbor Commissioners with the Port of Los Angeles unanimously voted to support the SCIG. To read more about the testimonies, the decision and what are some of the next steps, here are some articles that covered SCIG decision.

After 7 Hours of Public Comment, Controversial SCIG Rail Yard Approved - LB POST
L.A. harbor commissioners OK rail yard near port - LA TIMES
Port of Los Angeles OKs EIR to move railyard project ahead - PRESS TELEGRAM

SCIG Project Overview - East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Table of Contents

BHC Long Beach News
Every Student Matters Campaign Launch
WATCH: Organizing Institute Video Now on YouTube
LAST CHANCE: Online Survey Deadline Extended!
LA Harbor Commissioners OK SCIG Railyard
The State of Black Long Beach
Violence Prevention Plan Forum

Upcoming Community Events
WEBINAR: Ensuring Health for Boys and Men of Color in CA
Upcoming CEQA Workshop
23rd Annual Katherin White. M.D. Guest Lectureship

Healthy City
California Immigrant Integration Scorecard

Job Opportunities


23rd Annual Katherine White Guest Lectureship
Friday, March 15
Miller Children's Hospital

Ensuring Health for Bosy and Men of Color in California
Wednesday, March 20

Maximize Your Advocacy
Wednesday, March 20

Neighborhoods Work Group
Monday, March 25
BHC Office

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
The State of Black Long Beach
State of Black Long Beach

Saturday, February 23rd approximately 150 African American community members came together at the Expo Center for the State of Black Long Beach. At the event, several leaders presented stats and figures on the current state of African American living in Long Beach. They also had time to break out into groups and do action planning moving forward to address some of the issues presented in the report. A full executive summary and report will be available very soon.

You can check out more photos from the event via our Facebook page here!

Violence Prevention Plan Forum
Violence Prevention Plan Forum

Through a partnership with the California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative, the City of Long Beach has received a grant to create a comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan (VPP) for the city of Long Beach! Saturday, March 9th, community residents came out in full force to the first of several community forum type events to help shape what the VPP will look like for the City of Long Beach. Violence prevention has been a number one issue for many of our BHC Long Beach partners and we are excited to get this effort underway and partner with the city to increase resident engagement and participation in the VPP process! We will keep you updated on future events and how you can get involved!

You can check out more photos from the event via our Facebook page here!


Upcoming Community Events

WEBINAR: Ensuring Health for Boys and Men of Color in California

[PolicyLink | Lifting Up What Works]
Ensuring Health for Boys and Men of Color in California: What’s Happening with Medi-Cal Expansion and How Can we Make a Difference
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Join the Health Policy Work Group of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color for a webinar on the expansion of Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program).  The webinar will discuss the Medi-Cal expansion and important opportunities for communities to expand coverage and improve access to care for California’s boys and men of color.

How do you join the webinar?
Register Here

In California, as many as one-quarter of men of color are uninsured. The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings new possibilities for improving the health of boys and men of color, including expansion of the Medi-Cal program in California.  This change will allow nearly everyone making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($11,490 per year for an individual) to be eligible for Medi-Cal in 2014, increasing health-care coverage to an estimated 1.42 million adults.  The majority of these adults (67 percent or 950,000) will be from communities of color, and more than half (approximately 53 percent) will be men.

Speakers will include:

  *   Tahira Bazile, MBA, Senior Policy Analyst, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  *   Jamila Iris Edwards, MPP, Northern California Director, Children's Defense Fund – California
  *   Laura Lopez, Executive Director, Street Level Health Project
  *   Jme McLean, Senior Associate, Policylink (moderator)
  *   Carla Saporta, MPH, Health Policy Director, The Greenlining Institute
  *   Kevin Shelton, New America Media

To register now, click here.

Upcoming CEQA Workshop

A registration form is now available for the upcoming CEQA workshop with the Planning and Conservation League.


Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:00am - 3:30pm
Mary Wilson Public LIbrary
707 Electric Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Registration Fees:
$45 - General
$35 for students/ low-income
$0 with new or renewed membership with Los Cerritos Wetlands Trust
Please share this event with your networks!  This affordable workshop about the nuts and bolts of CEQA is a useful resource for activists who live in and around the Port of Long Beach or Port of Los Angeles and are dealing with issues related to impacts to their neighborhoods.  

23rd Annual Katherine White, M.D. Guest Lectureship on Pediatric Toxic Stress

March 15, 2013
7:00am - 12:00pm

Join Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach for the 23rd Annual Katherine White, M.D. Guest Lectureship Symposium on toxic stress. A generous supporter of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Fund for Pediatric Medical Education and The Children’s Clinic, Dr. White helped establish an endowment to support this annual guest lectureship through the Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Keynote lecturer Pamela C. High, MS, M.D., will describe how consistent stress can be “toxic” in a child’s life and can lead to future health complications.

Speaker: Pamela C. High, MS, M.D.
Houssels Forum
2801 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806

For questions, please call the Center for Health Education at 562-933-0104.


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 Benefit Health Manager, Kaiser Permanente - Harbor City, CA

Prevention Specialist, The Institute for Public Strategies (IPS) - Los Angeles, CA

W.I.C. Program Manager, Pasadena Public Health Department - Pasadena, CA

Data Analyst, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integreation (CSII) - Los Angeles, CA

Assistant Communications Manager, PHFE - Los Angeles, CA

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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