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BHC AmeriCorps wraps up 3 successful years of service!

Since 2011, AmeriCorps has provided mentoring services (30 members) to over 650 mentees at Polytechnic, Poly Academy of Achievers and Learners (PAAL), Cabrillo, and Wilson High School, plus Washington and Nelson Middle School. Meeting weekly with each mentee, the members have provided support as needed including but not limited to, tutorial support, behavior management strategies, developing and implementing curriculum, coordinating field trips to various colleges and other outings.

Over the last three years, in partnership with their mentees, the members have organized various community service events such as a Health Fair, Neighbor Clean Up, and " What does Health Mean to Me" Photography Exhibit.

To learn more about the mentees and their community, AmeriCorps has partnered with Communities with Power for Change (CPC), Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC), LBUSD Male and Female Academy, Long Beach Women's Shelter and Downtown Associated Youth Services (DAYS). Washington Middle School in partnership with DAYS will host their third poetry contest. Washington students submit their poems, are reviewed by members and teachers, then the winning entries are recognized at our annual end of year dinner event.

AmeriCorps has various end of year celebrations, acknowledging the work of the mentees and it is truly amazing. The end of year events are approaching and let us know if you would like to attend.


Raise Your Voice! Join VoiceWaves!

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Best Start Central LB Mtg
Thursday, May 22nd
St. Mary Medical Center

BHC Book Club
Friday, May 23rd
District Wine

Memorial Day Holiday
Monday, May 26th
BHC Office Closed

Steering Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 27th
BHC Office

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:

Upcoming Community Events

Long Beach Fresh


A city where local healthy food is widely produced, distributed and consumed.

To connect Eaters, Feeders and Seeders with resources, partners and models that can empower them to resolve their needs and use their offerings.

Their Values
1. Food Security
Food Security is the fundamental benefit of a healthy local food economy. Learn more about food security here and here.

2. Local, Seasonal & Sustainable Foods
We believe in improving access to locally-grown, seasonal and sustainably grown food in Long Beach.

3. Start Small/Prototypes/Pilot Programs
Got an idea? Let’s test it on the small scale. A lot of small projects that serve a wide variety of people means tackling more projects and serving more people — while using less time and money.

4. Face Problems that are Low to the Ground
Whether it’s raising money, learning how to write a press release, learning how to host a fundraiser, or finding a space to operate, everyone encounters small bumps on the road to success. We believe in tackling those small bumps…before they become roadblocks.

5. “All Boats Rise Together”
When one part of our local food movement succeeds, we all benefit whether through affiliation, collaboration, more customers, or in other ways. We believe in a non-competitive food community where each player supports one another and we all cheer individual successes.

6. “Carrot Over Stick”
We believe the food economy can grow faster through more win-win programs and partnerships. We prioritize win-win projects and we believe every member of the food community deserves a fair incentive to engage in collaboration.

Check out their website for more information and local events!

Best Start Central Long Beach Community Meeting

Please Join us at the next
Best Start Central Long Beach Community Meeting
Thursday, May 22, 2014
4:30pm-5:00pm – Registration & Dinner
5:00pm-7:00pm –Partnership Meeting

St Mary Medical Center
Parr Health Enhancement Center
1050 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813

RSVP: or call 213.482.7834

Please attend this important meeting.................

Make sure to RSVP if you plan to attend –
it is the only information that we have to order
enough Food, Childcare, and Parking Passes for you.


 Por favor únase a nosotros en la próxima

Reunión de la comunidad de Best Start Central Long Beach
jueves, 22 de marzo 2014
4:30pm-5:00pm – registración y cena  
5:00pm-7:00pm –reunión de la  asociación comunitaria

St Mary Medical Center
Parr Health Enhancement Center
1050 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813

Reserve: o llame: 213.482.7834

Por favor, asistir a esta reunión importante……….

Confirme su participación si planea asistir –
es la única forma que tenemos para pedir
suficientes alimentos, cuidado de niños, y pases de estacionamiento

Voto Latino Google Hangout "Healthcare Enrollment is Over: Now What?"

The Hangout will answer questions from the Voto Latino audience, addressing the needs of those who are newly enrolled in health plans thanks to the Affordable Care Act and discussing resources available to those who missed the health enrollment deadline on March 31st.

Panelists Include:
  • Mayra Alvarez, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Daniel Zingale, The California Endowment
  • Bertha Alisia Guerrero, Hispanic Federation
  • Kashif Syed, Advocates for Youth.
The Hangout will be live-streamed on
Thursday, May 22, 12pm PST.

You can join the hangout here:


Viva La Mujer


Celebrando a la mujer
Celebrating Women
May 31, 2014

Habra/ we will have:
Entretenamiento/ entertainment
Grupo de Jòvenes/ Youth Group
Rifas/ Raffles

St. Luke's Church
525 E. 7th St
Long Beach, CA 90813

9:00am - 2:00pm

Favor de reservar su lugar con/RSVP: Alicia Carrera
Teléfono 562-243-8084

Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment Survey

Dear Long Beach Resident, 

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of assessing the health needs of the women, infants, children, and adolescents who live in Long Beach. We are seeking information from our city’s residents in order to find out as much as we can about the health concerns of our population. We are requesting that you take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey that can be accessed at this internet link:
By completing this survey you will help the Health Department identify and develop services that are needed to improve women’s and children’s health. The survey link will be active until May 31st, 2014. If you have any questions regarding the survey or the assessment process, please don’t hesitate to contact the Department’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Director at:

Thank You!
Queridos residentes Long Beach,

El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Long Beach está en el proceso de evaluación de las necesidades de salud de las mujeres, bebés, niños y adolescentes que viven en Long Beach. Estamos buscando información de nuestros habitantes de la ciudad con el fin de averiguar todo lo que podamos sobre los problemas de salud de nuestra población. Le solicitamos que tomar de 5 a 10 minutos para completar la encuesta que se puede acceder en este enlace internet:
Completando encuesta ayudará al Departamento de Salud identificar y desarrollar los servicios que son necesarios para mejorar la salud de las mujeres y los niños. Si tiene alguna pregunta con respecto a la encuesta o el proceso de evaluación, por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto con el Departamento de Niños, las madres y los adolescentes a:


Enter to win $100 Gift Card for Completing this Survey!

Have you ever been a Long Beach renter?  Fill out this 5-minute survey about your experience with housing quality issues, and enter to win $100 gift card to Buono's pizzeria!
These surveys will help us gather residents' experiences on how they dealt with housing quality issues (cockroaches, mold, etc) and how their landlord and/or the City responded.  This is critical information to give us insight on breadth and depth of substandard housing and how it affects our community.
Please pass this link along and share with others!

2014 OC Public Safety & ReEntry Conference

The University of Southern California Orange County Academic Center and Project Kinship present:

2014 OC Public Safety & ReEntry Conference

May 30, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: USC OC
2300 Michelson Dr. Irvine, 92612

Keynote Speakers:
  • Blinky Rodriguez, Executive Director - Communities in Schools
  • Bobby Arias, President - Communities In Schools
Special Remarks
  • Julia Marcial, Program Manager - The CA Wellness Foundation
  • Congressman Tony Cardenas


Call for Abstracts - 2014 SCPHA Annual Conference!

The Southern California Public Health Association just sent out their Call for Abstracts for the 2014 SCPHA Annual Conference and I thought you (and/or your colleagues) might be interested in submitting an abstract for an oral/poster presentation. 

The them of this year's conference is "Place Matters: Healhography in Southern California" and the deadline to submit is Tuesday, 7/15/2014. 

For more information, visit the SCPHA website

Download a copy of the flyer here.


Job Opportunities

Hub Coordinator - Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach
Based at the office of Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach (BHC Long Beach), the Hub Coordinator is a key thought partner who crafts communication and serves as the central portal for most information shared with Hub partners. Most importantly, the Hub Coordinator serves as a link between program, collaboration, media and policy efforts and the community.
For more information, click here.

Community Outreach Worker
- Maternal and Child Health Access

Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) seeks an energetic Outreach Worker for Outreach, Enrollment, Retention and Utilization (OERU) activities within our Outreach and Enrollment department.
For more information, click here.

Senior Human Relations Consultant - Community and Senior Services
Has immediate responsibility for specific human relations program elements or activities, and provides technical consultation and advisory services in the field of human relations. Positions allocable to this senior-level class generally report to and receive administrative and technical supervision from a Human Services Administrator I.
For more information, click here.

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

Our Partnership

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Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach is a project of Community Partners. You can learn more about Community Partners on their website:
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