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Found Art | Art Show!

Friday, April 26th | 4pm- 7pm

What story can you tell from what you find in your neighborhood. We asked that question and created art from what we found and from what inspired us in our neighborhoods. Come join us for an evening to see what we found and the art that we created from it!

This project was done in partnership with BHC AmeriCorps and Cabrillo HealthCorps Wellness Warriors.
Also thankful to Cultural Alliance of Long Beach for usage of their space!

Cabrillo Access 5k and Health Fair!
Cabrillo Access 5k and Health Fair

People's State of the City Powerpoint & Video

People's State of the City

If you missed this year's People State of the City, you can catch up on some of the highlights here:

People's State of the City Powerpoint

ne Year of Victories


Long Beach Health Access Collaborative
April 25th
Miller Family Health Education Center

Work Group Integration Meeting
April 25th
BHC Long Beach Office

Found Art | Art Show
April 26th

Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan Forum
April 27th
Silverado Park

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:


AmeriCorps Logo

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

Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan Community Forum

YOU are invited 

The City of Long Beach invites you to a focus group for community based organizations about the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan (LBVPP).  We want to hear from you. 

We will ask: 
  • What are the different types of violence impacting families, schools, and communities in Long Beach? 
  • What is currently working well to prevent violence in Long Beach? 
  • What types of services should be developed to prevent violence in Long Beach? 
  • What can you do to reduce violence in Long Beach? 
Saturday, April 27, 2013 
Meeting – 10:00am to 12:00pm 
FREE Lunch – 12:00pm to 1:00pm 

Silverado Park 
1545 W 31st Street   
Long Beach, CA 90810 

Light Refreshments will be served 
PARKING available on the street 

For more information or to RSVP please call (562) 570-5585.

Positive Parenting Classes
Nancy M. Dowell M.S., Instructor
These classes will teach parents/caregivers practical skills for interacting with children. You will learn to parent with empathy and use logical consequences from an experienced counselor and parent educator. Classes are available for parents/caregivers of children of all ages. Special classes will be offered for parents of teens. 

A 10 Week Course begins April 17th!

Lakewood Village Community Church
4515 Sunfield Long Beach CA 90808

Please call for further info. 562-537-7390
Topics will include:
  • Communication Skills
  • Positive Discipline
  • Raising Independent Children
  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • How to help your child succeed in school.
  • and more
Cost: $25 per class
Attend all classes for reduced rate or pay by class. Pre registration preferred. Couple discount.
Classes are DCFS Approved
To Register call: 
(562) 537-7390
Long Beach Advocates for Change Youth Symposium
LBAFC Youth Symposium

What Climate Change Means for LA: Likely Impacts and Proactive Policies

A half-day seminar featuring groundbreaking climate prediction research by Alex Hall, UCLA climate scientist and professor, followed by a panel discussion with climate policy experts.

The climate studies provide critical new information for the Los Angeles region, and could help inform potential mitigation and adaption plans and actions. Results from the climate studies include temperature, precipitation, and snow fall predictions for the Los Angeles region at a much higher resolution level than ever before. 

This event is designed for government, non-profit and business stakeholders who will be making and informing decisions related to climate changes in Los Angeles. Registration is required to attend. 

Alex Hall, Professor, UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Glen MacDonald, Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

J.R. DeShazo, Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, Professor, Luskin School of Public Affairs
Cara Horowitz, Executive Director, Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA Law School
Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve; Commissioner, Department of Water and Power; Steering Committee Member, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative on Climate Change and Sustainability


Date: Friday, May 31, 2013

9:00 a.m.  Registration and continental breakfast
9:30 a.m.  Lecture
10:15 a.m.  Panel discussion and audience Q&A
11:30 a.m.  Close

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Second floor, Room 2355
337 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Registration process:

  1. To start registration, please click "continue"
  2. Once you are redirected to the next page, enter your personal information and click "continue"
  3. You are registered when you see a confirmation page

2013 LA Gang Violence and Prevention & Intervention Conference

Hospitals Against Violence Empowering Neighborhoods (HAVEN) and Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (VPC)
Present the Second Annual

L.A. Gang Violence Prevention & Intervention Conference

May 6 & 7, 2013
The California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sponsored by: U.S.A.I.D., G.R.Y.D., Max Factor Family Foundation
Cost: $175 (10% for groups of 5 or more, single day registration available)
To register, visit:
For inquiries, contact: Kristin Bray,, (310) 393-3201
Conference Agenda
Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program

Looking to save some green? Trade in your old, operable gas-powered lawn mower, replace it with a high-performance electric mower, and score up to 75% in savings. Choose from two brands and five models. They're cordless, more than 50 percent quieter than a traditional gas-powered mower, environmentally friendly and lighter for easier operation. You must pre-register to cash in on this great offer!
Long Beach
May 4th

Pre Register at:

Grant Opportunities

Prize for Improving Health

Is Your Community Working to Improve Health?
Is your community taking bold steps to create a culture of health? Tell us how by applying for the annual RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize.

Prize-wining communities each receive $25,000 to honor their outstanding efforts to help people live healthier lives. Interested communities are invited to join an informational webinar on April 2 at 1p.m. ET to learn about the prize, including how to apply and how winners will be chosen.

The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize is part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Award for Applied Storytelling Project

National Storytelling Network Seeks Applications for Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling

The National Storytelling Network is accepting applications for the 2013 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for projects designed to promote understanding of the ways in which storytelling can promote change in individuals and in communities.

Grants of $5,000 will support model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and replicable in other places and situations. Projects should aim to have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients; inspire excellence in applied storytelling work; and communicate to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling.

Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and myths as well as personal and ad hoc narratives. Although oral storytelling should be central to the project, the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers. Educators, therapists, naturalists, internal or external organizational practitioners, and/or other personnel appropriate to the situation may carry out the project, as long as they can draw on suitable storytelling expertise and experience.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to health care, environmental education/activism, community development, law, multicultural awareness, organizational development, leadership, intergenerational initiatives, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and educational curriculum at all levels.

Preliminary proposals will be due no later than April 30, 2013, and approved applicants will be notified no later than June 5, 2013. Final-round applications will be due by June 30, 2013.

See the National Storytelling Network Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.


Long Beach Community Database Update

Long Beach Community Database

ReThinking Greater Long Beach now has a new version of the Long Beach Community Database on-line. This version has the following major changes:
  1. Greatly expanded selection for the American Community Survey.
  2. Expanded the options for both the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey tables to handle specific ethnic groups in all cases where the U.S. Bureau of the Census reports these data.
  3. 2012 Public Safety data.
  4. Comparative data for the U.S., the State of California, and Los Angeles County for the Census and American Community Survey datasets.
  5. Comparative data for the State of California, Los Angeles County, and Comparative School Districts for the Public Education datasets.
  6. You should also find it runs faster.
If you have any problems or find any errors or bugs, please let them know so that they can make the repairs. As you will see their 1,000’s of possible options and I am sure they have not all been tested, especially the option you need most.

Just go to the data selection screen and click the “Building Healthy Com.” Geographic area button and have fun!

State of Black Long Beach Report
State of Black Long Beach - A Call to Action for a Black Agenda

New CSII Report
Cultivating the Dream: Evaluating the Impact of Dream Summer on a New Generation of Leaders
Applications for Dream Summer 2013 are now available! Want to learn more about this innovative program? See our new report Cultivating the Dream: Evaluating the Impact of Dream Summer on a New Generation of Leaders commissioned by the UCLA Labor Center’s Dream Resource Center and funded by Unbound Philanthropy.

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

Up2Us Regional Director: Western Region
A leadership and fundraising position for a social entrepreneur who is passionate, intelligent, proactive, with strong interpersonal skills, and who dreams of using his/her talents to build a national movement that inspires the success of young people across America through sports.

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, Admin Assistant

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