Building Healthy Communities Long Beach: July 2015
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July 23:
"Diesel and our Health" Forum
August 1:
Summer Gathering
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Steering Committee Elections: Help Guide Our Vision for a Healthy Long Beach
Helping guide a resident-driven initiative with over fifty community partners working to improve health in West and Central Long Beach is not a simple task, but the collaborative work of the Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach (BHCLB) Steering Committee is up for the challenge. Until July 27, community residents and non-profit organizations are able to apply for the annual steering committee elections to help strategically guide the work of BHCLB. The committee represents a cross section of the diversity in our focus area, including but not limited to age, income, ethnicity/race, gender, sexual orientation, and differing abilities. 

Are you ready to take a leadership role in making our community safe and healthy for all? For more information on eligibility and to download an application, please visit
Art and Social Justice Take the Stage at Summer Gathering
Join over thirty community organizations as we celebrate summer and explore the intersections between art and social justice on Saturday, August 1st! The Building Healthy Communities Summer Gathering is an interactive, outdoor art exhibit and neighborhood festival to connect residents to social justice campaigns for a more equitable Long Beach. Using creative expression such as art, music, and spoken word, community members will have the opportunity to engage in issues around community safety, immigrant rights, environmental justice, language access, food access, and economic justice in Long Beach. For more information about the event and participating groups, visit
Community Voices Provide Solutions to Ongoing Violence 
With the recent rise in violence in areas of the city that also face large health disparities, high unemployment, and lack of opportunities for youth, community leaders are offering positive solutions to tackling the issue of public safety. As BHC Hub Manager Christine Petit said in a recent Press-Telegram article, “addressing community violence is complex and isn’t something we can simply police our way out of.” Throughout the past few months, local non-profits, faith leaders, and community organizations have been working collaboratively to bring greater awareness to the need for community-based solutions. Read more about their work in Palacio Magazine, the Press-Telegram, and VoiceWaves
July 23: Diesel and Your Health
Diesel is used in trucks, trains, and ships that travel near the backyards of homes and schools in West and North Long Beach. Come hear scientific experts answer questions about diesel and how it affects the health of families and children at our upcoming community forum. Local leaders and organizers will also share the victories we’ve won to improve the air quality in our region. The forum will take place on Thursday, July 23 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at First Lutheran Church (905 Atlantic Ave. LB 90813) and is organized by the BHCLB Environmental Health Workgroup and THE Impact Project. Food will be available and interpretation will be provided. For more information, please call 562-436-4800. 
Christine Petit elected Chair of City of Long Beach Board of Health and Human Services
Building Healthy Communities congratulates Christine Petit on her recent election as Chair of the Board of Health and Human Services for the City of Long Beach! The board addresses matters pertaining to public health and social services and advises the Mayor, City Council and City Manager of their recommendations while working closely with Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. Long Beach has one of only three city-run health departments in the entire state of California. The board meets on the second Friday of each month at 7:45am at Miller Family Health Education Center (3820 Cherry Avenue) unless otherwise noticed. For more information on Long Beach’s boards and commissions, visit
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