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Get Covered Sons & Brothers

Long Beach, Calif. (September 19, 2013) – No one is invincible without health insurance. But most young men across California don’t know that.

So young men across the state–from Fresno to Oakland to Long Beach–made these videos to get the word out to other young men about how and why they should get covered under Obamacare.

The videos range from raps to animations to dramatizations. They’re all about two minutes or less.

“Young people have a log going on and getting health insurance probably isn’t at the tope of their list,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President at The California Endowment. “But it’s essential. Accidents can happen and no one is invincible without insurance. It’s time for all Californains to get covered and lead a healthy life.”

Covered California, the state’s health insurance market place, opens October 1. Californians will be able to call 1-800-300-1506 or got to to get information about affordable health insurance options. Spanish speakers can go to

Here are a few of the videos:

Stop Playing With Your Life: Young Men in Merced take to the streets to spread the word about Obamacare with this new song and beat! Check it out.

The SVU That Hits You Will Be Covered: Will You Be?: Richmond and LA resident Will Haynes tells it like it is to young sons & brothers across the state. Get Covered!

I Was Invincible. Until I Wasn’t: You never want to be in the situation this young man from Long Beach describes. Get Covered and you won’t be.

“A big congratulations to all the young people who created these videos,” said Zingale. “California needs your creativity and passion to spread the word about this important moment in California–when all Californians can finally purchase affordable insurance.”

The videos were created as part of a summer time video project called “Get Covered Sons & Brothers! No one is invincible without health insurance.” The California Endowment provided $1,000 grants to community groups and young men across the state to create the videos. Most of the young men who made the videos are part of The California Endowments’s Building Healthy Communities initiative. The Endowment also has a Sons & Brothers initiative to improve the health and well-being of young men of color.

Every Student Matters Retreat

"Every Second Counts, Every Student Matters!", was the slogan that was chanted just about six months ago when the Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach Youth Committee officially launched it's very first campaign: The Every Student Matters Campaign. The Campaign launch, which was met with a room overflowing with students, youth, parents, and allies, marked a significant step forward in the campaign. It sparked various meetings with school officials, school board members, increasing the base of the youth committee and the workings of a resolution that will be brought to the Long Beach City Council. It goes without saying that the youth have been very busy. Now that the new school year has started, the youth committee and adult allies of the youth work group came together for a day-long strategy retreat for the campaign. Roughly 30 youth from the overall committee attended the retreat and brainstormed next steps for the academic school year ranging from campaign tactics to base building and increasing leadership development. This is certainly going to be another great year ahead with the Every Student Matters Campaign! Stay updated here on how you can be a part of this campaign!
View photos from the retreat on Facebook:

Sons & Brothers: Uncovering the Truth

By: Michelle Xiong

Sitting in a lodge surrounded by eighty-five young men of color, I experienced a feeling that passes by us all too often, the unequivocal feeling that in that moment, I was right where I needed to be. 

The young men and about thirty adult allies (almost all of whom were also male), spent the third week of August uncovering our past and constructing our present. At the Sons and Brothers Camp, we looked at our history from the Egyptian pyramids, to slavery in America, to the moment we arrived at the Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California. The camp was hosted by The California Endowment through its Building Healthy Communities efforts.
The pictures that statistics paint of young men of color in our communities are a reality immersed in words and logic so strong, that even we have come to believe and accept that they are true. But we know better. To uncover their truth and its power, the camp was critical.


Long Beach City Council Votes to Limit Payday Lenders, Check Cashers and Car Title Lenders

Earlier this year, neighborhood advocates for a moratorium and distance limitations on fringe lenders approached the members of the BHC Long Beach Steering Committee for their support on this issue. The BHC Long Beach Steering Committee agreed to endorse these efforts and several members participated actively in this campaign.

After several legislative meetings and Planning Commission sessions, it ultimately came down to the final vote of the City Council. Last night, the City Council voted unanimously (8-0) to approve the “Financial Services Ordinance,” which will create a buffer zone of at least 1,320 feet between fringe financial storefronts, require conditional use permit and set forth operational standards that these businesses must follow.

Liana Molina, the payday campaign organizer with the California Reinvestment Coalition, applauded the council’s vote and the advocacy carried out by neighborhood leaders and community organizations to pass the ordinance.  She explained, “This ordinance is a strong step forward in addressing the over-proliferation of high cost, predatory lenders and alternative financial services throughout the city. The community is working hard to transform and improve various neighborhoods in Long Beach, and this ordinance is an important tool that will help protect neighborhoods from being targeted by this industry.”

Mauna Eichner and Lee Fukui, residents of Wrigley, are part of a group of community leaders who advocated for the ordinance. They explain, “Predatory lenders depress our neighborhood and strip money out of our local economy, right out of the pockets of our neighbors who can least afford it.  Tonight the city council did the right thing and sent a strong message that the vitality of Long Beach residents and neighborhoods is more important than profits made off of loans with upwards of 450% interest rates. We are pleased with the Council’s decision and are confident that this policy will help advance our goals of making Long Beach a great place to live.”

VoiceWaves is Recruiting!

VoiceWaves teaches journalism and multi-media skills to committed and engaged Long Beach Youth from 16 to 24 years old. Through creative expression, the youth learn how to use writing, photography, video, radio and social media to produce stories for a Healthy Long Beach.

VoiceWaves is committed to being a megaphone for the many diverse voices that are Long Beach. We discover stories through dialogue and community engagement.

Applications are available online at:

Deadline October 4, 2013.

Find us at

 Inquiries to Antonio Ruiz at

 VoiceWaves is a project of New America Media with the support of the California Endowment in partnership with Building Healthy Communities Long Beach.


Seguridad en tu Bicicleta
September 29th
First Lutheran Church

Juvenile Ticket Legal Clinic
September 28th
Center for Working Families

CEQA Learning Session
October 3rd

Conflict Resolution Training
October 3rd & 4th
First Lutheran Church

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


Upcoming Community Events

50th Annual Dinner and Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award Celebration

The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), formerly known as The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), will introduce its officers and new board members at the 50th Annual Dinner meeting and report to the community on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Grand Event Center on Willow St, Long Beach. REception is at 5:30pm with Dinner to follow at 6:30pm. The Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award will be given to the following individuals for their exceptional contributions to improving human relations in Long Beach:

LaVerne Duncan
African American Convening Committee

Roberta Lanterman
Program Facilitator
LBUSD - Family Literacy Program

Candace Meehan
Program Director

This award is given in the name of Gene Lentzner because of his extraordinary, life-long commitment to bringing diverse people together to improve human relations in the greater Long Beach area.

Karina Fing and Zaq Tinker will receive the CCEJ Anthony B. Rogers "Volunteer of the Year" award for their extraordinary volunteer service to CCEJ. The volunteer award is named in honor of the late Tony Rogers, one of America's finest educators and CCEJ volunteer.

CCEJ's Community Partner, the City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program, will present the 2014 Human Dignity Award to Jonas Corona from Love in the MIrror, for his commitment and countless hours towards promoting community harmony.

For more information or to purchase tickets for $75.00 per person, please visit or call 562-435-8184.

Applications for the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

For 15 years, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation has honored young Latinos who excel in the classroom and community. The Youth Awards grants scholarships, (up to $3,000), and other great opportunities to high school seniors for their focus in various categories, including STEM, Healthcare, Education, Green, Business and Finance, Arts, and Fitness.
Applications for the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards are now open!

If you know someone who is currently a senior in high school and of Hispanic/Latino descent, they can apply here. The last day to apply is October 1st.
Please forward this to deserving students for a chance to receive a 2013 Heritage Youth Award.

Webinar Learning Session: CEQA

The Neighborhood Implementation Team at The California Endowment is pleased to host a webinar learning session on policy initiatives to reform the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), featuring remarks by Bruce Reznick, Executive Director, Planning and Conservation League, and Martha Argüello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles (PSR LA)

Enacted in 1970, CEQA requires state and local agencies to assess, disclose, and mitigate environmental impacts of proposed development projects. It has been long recognized as California’s environmental “Bill of Rights” that enables residents to weigh in on land use decisions that have a direct impact on their communities and as a tool to safeguard the health and well-being of residents from environmental toxins and other hazards.

The purpose of this webinar is to share information about legislative proposals aimed at reforming CEQA, their progress in the legislature, and the potential impact of initiatives if they are signed into law.  This session may be of interest to organizations working on land use, smart growth, infill development, environmental justice, affordable housing, and transit-oriented development at the local, regional, and state level.  More information about CEQA reform can be found here.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (PST)
 Click here to RSVP.
Information will be emailed to you upon registration.

Juvenile Ticket Legal Clinic

Do you have a hold on your driver's license because of tickets you got when you were under 18 years old?

You can get help at the Juvenile Ticket Legal Clinic

If you received a juvenile ticket before April 2012 & cannot obtain a driver's license because of outstanding fines, we can HELP. You have the right to complete community service instead of paying juvenile ticket fines.

Please bring the following documents
  • Department of Vehicles DMV Print Out (Cost $5)
  • California Identification or School Identification
All clinics take place 11:00am - 1:30pm
(You must RSVP to Attend the Legal Clinic)
Saturday, September 28th

Center for Working Families
1900 Atlantic Ave, 2nd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90806

(Parking in the Union Bank Lot)

Any questions, or to RSVP contact Centro CHA Inc.

Talk It Out



LBDHHS Community Health Assessment
LBDHHS Community Health Assessment
The Long Beach Health Department Community Health Assessment is a comprehensive document describing health status and conditions in the City of Long Beach. Click the link to view the report. 

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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.

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