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Show Your Community Love!

We all LOVE our community and show it in many different ways! If you'd like to find other ways to show or continue to show some COMMUNITY LOVE, check out what BHC Long Beach has coming up below!
Community Action Plan Update Meeting!

Community Action Plan Update Meeting
Come lend your voice and share your vision for a healthier central and west Long Beach! BHC Long Beach is in the process of updating our community plan and we need to hear how YOU want to make health happen here!

Wednesday, February 20
4:30pm - Refreshments
5:00pm - Program

Roosevelt Elementary School
1400 E. 20th St, Long Beach, CA

Pre-Meeting Walking Loop!

Join us at 3:30pm with City Fabrick on a walking loop that will go through some of the neighborhood around Roosevelt Elementary School! Learn about some of the history of the area and walk to promote your health! We will be giving out BHC Long Beach Pedometers to all attendees of the walk!
Find our more details at our Facebook event page.

BHC AmeriCorps MLK Day Poetry/Art/Essay Contest!

Arrive early to view submissions to the MLK Day Poetry/Art/Essay Contest! This contest was coordinated by our BHC AmeriCorps team. Students from schools within our target area were challenged to submit original art work under the theme, “Celebrating Diversity and Tolerance”. All finalists will be displayed, and you will have the chance to vote for the 1st place winners in each category! All finalists and winners will also be recognized during the hub meeting!

Opportunity Drawing!
We will have an extra special prize for one lucky participant that night! Don't miss out on your opportunity to win!

Health Happens Here Pin Drop Tour!

Health Happens Aqui Pin Drop

Where does health happen in our community? Meet Penny the pin drop! We're taking Penny on the road wherever health happens in Long Beach. If you have a suggestion, let us know! We want to highlight our assets and wonderful gems in our community!


Raise Your Voice!

VoiceWaves Recruiting Flyer

VoiceWaves is recruiting again for youth to participate in this youth journalism project specific to Long Beach! Applications are due February 24th so don't miss your chance! Find out more information on their website: or on their facebook page:


Table of Contents

BHC News
Community Action Plan Update Meeting
  • Pre-Meeting Walking Loop
  • BHC AmeriCorps MLK Poetry/Art/Essay Contest
  • Opportunity Drawing!
Health Happens Here Pin Drop Tour
Raise Your Voice!
Community News
Upcoming Community Events
  • Lessons Learned from the LA Model
  • Nuts & Bolts of CEQA Workshop
  • CSHC Conference
  • Show Youth the Love
Internship Opportunities
  • Summer Interns - Master's of Public Health
  • Healthy City 
  • California Immigrant Integration Scorecard
  • New America Media Weekly Newsletter
Contest Opportunities
  • Health and Sustainable School Food Journalism Awards


February 20th
Roosevelt Elementary School

Lobbying with Confidence
February 21st

Show Youth the Love
February 21st
MLK Jr. Park

Schools Work Group
February 25th
Centro CHA

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!


Voicewaves Logo

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

Lessons Learned from the LA Model: How Unlikely Allies Found a Solution to the Violence Epidemic
Have you ever wondered how LA is fixing its gang violence epidemic? How community safety has changed in the last few years? How LA's approach to these issues is different from others?
Our newest report - A Call to Action: Los Angeles' Quest to Achieve Community Safety - looks back at five years of an extraordinary experiment to find out what it takes to keep kids safe in the worst gang violence hot zones. We have highlighted LA's progress towards greater community safety, and provide recommendations to build on those successes in order to achieve comprehensive community safety. 
Advancement Project invites you to attend a live webinar, as we take a deeper look into A Call to Action report:
Lessons Learned from the LA Model:
How Unlikely Allies Found a Solution to the Violence Epidemic
Friday, March 1, 2013
10:00am - 11:30am
Register today!
Nuts & Bolts of CEQA Workshop

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust , in partnership with other environmental organizations, is hosting a workshop on The Nuts and Bolts of CEQA  (The California Environmental Quality Act) and how to use it as a citizens tool to hold special interests accountable.  The Planning and Conservation League will be running the workshop!

As you well know, CEQA is one of the most effective tools a citizen's group has to get information about development projects proposed for near them out in the open.  

We are so fortunate that the Planning and Conservation League ( has agreed to do a CEQA workshop (perhaps their only one in Southern California!)

Saturday, April 6th
Mary Wilson Library and Senior Center
707 Electric Ave
Seal Beach, CA 

CSHC Conference

Gain Knowledge to Make Your Community Healthier at CSHC's Conference in Long Beach March 14-15

School health services increase care access and utilization, prevent unnecessary hospital visits, and reduce health care spending. Learn about the latest approaches and updates on providing health care in schools during the California School Health Centers Association’s Vision & Voicefor Healthy Students conference in Long Beach on March 14-15. Network with hundreds of other health care providers, school officials, and children’s health stakeholders, attend engaging workshops, and hear a keynote address by The California Endowment's Dr. Robert K. Ross.

Register at by Friday, February 8 to receive discounted rates!

Location:   The Westin Long Beach

Schedule:  Optional half day of intensive workshops on March 14
                 Full day of workshops, exhibitions, and networking on March 15   

Workshops include:
  • Preserving Adolescent-Friendly Services in an SBHC That Serves the Whole Community
  • Addressing Adolescent Relationship Abuse Using Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Engaging Students and Schools to Maximize Health Insurance Coverage
  • Building Stronger Partnerships With School Administrations
  • Engaging Schools and Students as Sex Education Advocates
  • Integrating Mental Health and Medical Services in Schools
  • Nutrition Matters: The Psychology of Feeding Children and Youth
  • And More!
Learn more online at

Show Youth the Love

Show Youth the Love


Internship Opportunities

Summer Interns - Master's of Public Health at UCLA

The Fielding School of Public Health has funding to support masters students who do their summer internships in organizations that work in medically underserved areas. This means that a really bright and highly motivated graduate student with good skills can be yours for the summer at little (or no) cost to your organization! See the attached for details ("letter") and how to get on the list of potential sites for interested students ("registration form" in Word and pdf). Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Access the files below here:
  • Letter to Potential Field Mentros
  • MPH Student Internship Org Registration Form (docx)
  • MPH Student Internship Org Registration Form (pdf)
  • FSPH Timeline Summer Fellowships


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

New America Media Weekly Newsletter

Check out the New America Media Weekly Newsletter this week for articles on:

  • Have you benefitted from President Obama's Affordable Care Act?
  • Introducing NAM's Partnership with the Los Angeles Multi-cultural Leadership Network
  • New Deadline! "Teacher Who Changed My LIfe" Essay Contest
  • NAM Editor Andrew Lam on the Radio
  • Nam's 2013 Women Immigrants FEllowship
  • NAM Editor Andrew Lam's Upcoming Book
  • and more!

Contest Opportunities

Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Awards

What is it?
A competition for student journalists. Articles must be about the need for healthy, sustainable school food.

Who can enter?
U.S. high school students ages 13 to 18

Who's judging?
Best-selling author Michael Pollan will judge the finalists and select the winners!

What could I win?
1st - $1,500, 2nd = $1,000, 3rd = $500, 4th=$300
...Plus $200 for your class and publicity for your work!

Enter here:
You're on deadline for February 28 2013!


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

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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