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BHC Long Beach Sponsors 10 Riders for Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour

This October, Building Healthy Communities sponsored 10 bike riders for the Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour.  The riders had a great time rolling 20 miles through our city.  The group was led by Elizabeth Williams with Cali Bike Tours and had this to say:

When we receive the kind of generous support and sponsorship like we received from Building Healthy Communities, it gives greater visibility to our cause of creating active, healthy communities within our diverse city.  We have a very short video showing a few of the riders at the Bike Tour.

We want to congratulate the riders and are excited to share this short video that they produced to document their experience!

BHC Long Beach Welcomes 5 New Steering Committee Members!

[LONG BEACH, CA] – Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach (BHC Long Beach) is excited to announce the election of five new members to serve on the Steering Committee for the 2013-2015 term! Members of the BHC Long Beach Steering Committee are tasked with supporting the effective implementation of the Community Action plan and that the plan is accountable to community constituencies as well as updated on a regular basis.

Steering Committee members serve two-year terms and play an integral role in guiding the work of this ten-year, multi-million dollar initiative. Members can serve in one of three capacities: as an Adult Community Representative, a Youth Community Representative or a Community Organization representative, with seven seats available for each group. Last Tuesday, five more seats were voted in to fill the open seats for Adult Community Representatives. What makes these elections unique is that the voting body is made up of their peers—their neighbors. This system of elections, which also emphasizes diversity of age, gender, race, geography, etc., symbolizes the accountability that our Steering Committee members hold to their peer groups, and to the larger community.

With a recently completed update to the Community Action Plan and newly elected Steering Committee Members, BHC Long Beach is ready for the next 7 years of this 10-year initiative to make Health Happen Here!


Save the Date! December 11th!


Candle Light Vigil for Philippine Typhoon Relief
November 15th
Grace UMC

Cuidando con Respeto
November 16th
St. Mary's Medical Center

Wellness Expo
November 16th
Center for Working Families

Cover Long Beach
November 16th

Full Calendar of Events


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

Upcoming Community Events

Candle Light Vigil for Philippine Typhoon Victims

Dear Friends of The Filipino Migrant Center,


On behalf of the Filipino Migrant Center (FMC) of Long Beach and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), we would like to cordially invite you to attend our Candle Light Vigil for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  The candlelight vigil will take place on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:45pm in front of Grace United Methodist Church in Long Beach (2325 East 3rd Street).  

Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines on November 8, 2013 with wind speeds of up to 200 mph that devastated the provinces of Leyte, Samar, and the surrounding islands.  According to some Philippine officials the estimated death toll may be as high 10,000 with thousands more missing.  Several of the FMC staff members and volunteers have family members who were affected by the storm and lost everything, and many are still unaccounted for.   

The Candlelight vigil will include prayers and testimonies from community members.  FMC and NAFCON will also collect monetary donations for its Bayanihan Disaster Relief Campaign which partners with Philippine NGO’s to provide immediate relief to the typhoon victims. Donations can also be made on NAFCON’s Paypal account:

Checks can be made payable to “St. George Fontana,” and on the memo line, write: “NAFCON Bayanihan Relief” to clearly allocate it for this purpose. Donors can submit their contribution to me (NAFCON Socal Regional Coordinator) or it can be mailed to our local nonprofit partner, c/o Naida Castro at 17895 San Bernardino Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335-6155. Please, include your return address with your donation. For qualifying tax- deductible donations, please, email for the necessary documentation.

Thank you and we hope you can join us.


Alex Montances

Filipino Migrant Center

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns Southern California

Cover Long Beach Day!

In partnership with the Covered CA and the entire state this Saturday, November 16th, 2013 will be recognized as "Cover Long Beach" Day. Through the teamwork of the Long Beach Health Access Collaborative there will be 6 education and enrollment sites throughout the city from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Cover Long Beach is a citywide education, outreach, and health insurance enrollment campaign sponsored by the City of Long Beach and more than 25 community partners.

"Long Beach becomes a healthier city with each new person who signs up at Cover Long Beach on November 16," said Mayor Bob Foster. "This is a great opportunity for people to ask their questions about the new health mandates and make a more informed decision on their own health insurance."

No appointment is required but interested individuals must bring the following documents in order to complete a health insurance application:
  • Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport or resident alien card (green card)
  • Proof of income such as recent paychecks and 2012 tax forms
  • Proof of Los Angeles county residency such as a driver's license, utility or phone bills, or rental agreement
  • Social Security cards for everyone in the family applying for health insurance.
All information will be provided in English and Spanish, with additional languages as noted. Interested individuals may get information and enroll in health insurance at the following locations:
  • Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services - 2525 Grand Ave.
    Languages: Khmer, Tagalog
    (Free flue shotes will also be offered at this site only from 10:00am - 1:00pm)
  • The Children's Clinic Hamilton Family Resource Center - 1060 East 70th St.
  • Long Beach Community Action Partnership, 3012 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Long Beach First Friends Church - 850 Atlantic Ave.
    Languages: Khmer, Chamorro, Samoan, Tagalog
  • St. Mary Medical Center/ Dignity Health - 1050 Linden Ave.
  • Westside Baptist Church - 2280 Caspian Ave.
"I am proud of the many community organizations who are working hard to get the word out about Covered California. This city-wide effort advances our public health goal of nuturing healthy people and healthy communities," said Kelly Colopy, Director of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the number of individuals and families who qualify for Medi-Cal and through Covered California, many more individuals are eligible for tax subsidies to help purchase health insurance.

For more information and a list of participating agencies please visit or call 562-570-7979.

Download copies of the flyer here:

Cuidando con Respeto

Do you help someone with Alzheimer’s? 

Attend a course IN SPANISH to learn more about this disease 
Saturdays, November 16th and 23rd, 2013 
9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
St. Mary’s Medical Center 
Bonzer Room 
1050 Linden Ave. 
Long Beach, CA 90813 
During 2 days, 4 hours each - the following topics will be covered
  • Learn about Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia 
  • Learn about the stages of this disease 
  • How to help your loved one and how to understand difficult behavior 
  • How to take care of yourself as a caregiver and how to share experiences 
To REGISTER or for more information, call: (888) 4ST-MARY or (888) 478-6279 
¿Cuida de un familiar con Alzheimer? 
Asista a un curso EN ESPAÑOL para aprender más sobre esta enfermedad 
Sábados 16 y 23 de noviembre 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
St. Mary’s Medical Center 
Bonzer Room 
1050 Linden Ave. 
Long Beach, CA 90813 
Durante 2 días, 4 horas cada día, se cubrirán los siguientes temas: 
  • ¿Qué es el Alzheimer/demencia? 
  • ¿Cómo se desarrolla este mal? 
  • ¿Cómo ayudar a su ser querido? 
  • ¿Cómo entender los comportamientos difíciles? 
  • ¿Cómo cuidarse a sí mismo? 
Para reservar su espacio o para más información, llame al: (888) 4ST-MARY or (888) 478-6279

17th Annual Nuestra Imagen Leadership Recognition & Fiesta Navidad Celebration

Centro C.H.A. Inc. - The Long Beach Community Hispanic Association
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Communitas is a Latin word that means people coming together for the good of a community. Communitas is inspired by the vision of a better world and is an attempt to do something about it through volunteerism, investment and ethical, sustainable business practices
Requests the pleasure of your company at our 
17th Annual  Nuestra Imagen 
Leadership Recognition & Fiesta Navidad Celebration!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Our 2013 Nuestra Imagen Leadership Awards Gala will recognize community leaders who exemplify excellence, impact the lives of children and youth, and contribute to revitalizing neighborhoods and businesses in the great city of Long Beach.
This year's  Leadership Recognition Awards & Fiesta Navidad celebration will be held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, an evening  filled with delicious  Mexican Cuisine by SAVOR,  Musica Latina, and beautiful Latin cultural art and gifts for purchase in time for Navidad!
Guests will also,  enjoy Networking at the elegant BOGART & CO. with over 300 community leaders, businesses, and government leaders throughout  the greater Long Beach area and state of California.  
For sponsorship opportunities, purchase  tickets  or RSVP Please Call
Centro C.H.A. Inc. (562) 570-4717

Leadership Opportunities

Bank of America 2014 Student Leaders Program

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2014 Student Leaders® program. 
Since its inception in 2004, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,000 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities.  The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:
  • A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization. 
  • The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 13-18, 2014. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.
Please feel free to share this e mail about the program to your affiliates, and any high school juniors and seniors you think would be good candidates for the program.  The San Francisco and East Bay Student Leaders® program is open to high school juniors and seniors in the following counties: San Francisco, Marin, Alameda and Contra Costa.
We appreciate your help spreading the word about the Bank of America Student Leaders Program. Students can apply for the program by going to Please note the application opens on October 28, 2013 with a deadline of January 31, 2014.

For more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, please visit


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

Job Opportunities

Housing Long Beach Community Organizer
Housing Long Beach is hiring a full-time bi-lingual (Spanish/English) community organizer. They will be accepting applications through mid-November.

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, Operations Manager

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