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!
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.
WATCH: Organizing Institute Video Now on YouTube
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.”
[READ THE FULL STORY ON VOICEWAVES]
LA Harbor Commissioners OK SCIG Railyard
Photo Taken from LBPost.com.
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
The 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
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
WEBINAR: Ensuring Health for Boys and Men of Color in California
Upcoming Community Events
[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?
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
$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.
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
HealthyCity.org 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
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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Ana Bonilla, Hub Coordinator
Julia Castaneda, Admin Assistant
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