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Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach (BHCLB) is committed to building a community where: health care and prevention resources are available for all children, school attendance increases, the childhood obesity epidemic is reversed and youth violence is reduced. Every day, policy decisions are made that shape our communities and the way they look, feel and impact us. Ultimately, these policies impact our health and we’re here to make sure that working together, we can help make the right decisions for our communities.

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WATCH: We Rise by Ti Tavai and 'aikona

posted May 7, 2013, 10:39 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 7, 2013, 10:39 AM by Julio Zaldivar ]

YouTube Video

Why I wrote We Rise
by Ti Tavai

Working on the Dear Mr. Warren Buffett video and being in the theater watching the Waters Rising dance performance by Tuvalu and Kiribati residents helped and inspired me to create a song for the people in the community with high air pollution and climate change, how they are impacted by that everyday. It showed me a lot about the different parts of our community and the struggles we have to face with our health. How it is important that we as a community should rise together. So, I felt that you know, that creating this song with the help of West Long Beach and East Wilmington and many other communities opened up my heart. It made me understand the true meaning of our voices and how we can put that together in just that one song. And, you know how happy, and glad, and blessed I am, just to be a part of that and to be able to share that with the world, you know that message we have as a community. 

I thank Dr. Gisele Fong for believing in me and pushing me to write and sing my dreams. Thank you Angelo Logan for all your support. Thank you Rene Castro for your faith and encouragement. Thank you Building Healthy Communities Air Quality Work Group Long Beach for your time and sharing your beautiful faces. To my family and Long Beach community all my heart.

To my wife and moa, you are why I rise 80)

To the Creator, I give all the glory.

Alofa atu,

Advanced Organizing Institute Graduates 16 Young Adults

posted Feb 4, 2013, 12:18 PM by Ana Bonilla   [ updated Feb 4, 2013, 12:18 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]

Congratulations to the graduates of the Advanced Organizing Institute at Centro Shalom, Class of 2012! On November 10th, 2012, the Institute graduated 16 young adults from the intensive five-month Institute. Funded by the California Endowment, the mission of the Advanced Organizing Institute is to create a cadre of young adults trained in advanced organizing skills who will implement policy and systems change consistent with the vision of the Building Healthy Communities Initiative. The sixteen resident-graduates listed below are well on their way to leading transformative change in the City of Long Beach.

Wrigley Neighborhood Says NO to Predatory Lenders

posted Jan 2, 2013, 10:50 AM by Ana Bonilla   [ updated Jan 2, 2013, 10:50 AM by Julio Zaldivar ]

By: Annie Greenfeld (Minor edits and changes have been made to this community submission)

Mission Impossible: April 2012, Wrigley River Run training, we learned the bad news for the neighborhood: a title lender wants to move into the pivotal gateway corner of Wrigley Village at Pacific Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. (PCH). That was when this all began and at that time it did seem like we had no choice but to accept the inevitable predatory lending business from moving in. A lobbyist for the title lending company goes to the neighborhood group meetings to explain what the company is about. The answers they gave to questions were always vague and that they are a legal business and they're coming in, get used to it. OUr mission was set: we had to figure out a way to stop that from happening.

AHA Half-Marathon Training Program

posted Dec 19, 2012, 9:55 AM by Julio Zaldivar   [ updated Dec 20, 2012, 10:14 AM by Julio Zaldivar ]



Introducing our Half-Marathon Training Program: Get Fit. Save Lives.  

2013 is a New Year, which means it is time for a New You!

Join the American Heart Association at an Information Session to learn about Start Training, our half-marathon training and fundraising program that supports vital research, education and advocacy programs for heart disease and stroke. Start Training begins Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Los Angeles County.

  • Walkers and runners are welcome
  • No experience necessary
  • Take part in weekly group trainings led by volunteer coaches
  • Have fun, meet new people and get fit
  • Modest $500 fundraising minimum
  • Train for the Orange County Half-Marathon on May 5, 2013

Here are some healthy tips to help you make it through the holiday season! Try these smart substitutions in your holiday meals.

  • Use vegetable oils, such as olive oil, instead of butter.
  • Use low-fat or skim milk instead of whole milk or heavy cream.
  • Use herbs and spices, like rosemary and cloves, to flavor dishes instead of butter and salt.

We Train you. You Improve Your Health. Together, We Save Lives. 


American Heart Association - Greater Los Angeles Division
816 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA  90017
Phone 213-291-7073 

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Information Sessions
Click Here to Register

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Monica

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Long Beach

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Manhattan Beach

Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m.Pasadena

Saturday, Feb. 2, 8:00 a.m. 
Season Kick Off/Last Chance Info Session, Santa Monica and Pasadena Locations

*Exact locations to be given upon RSVP

  Attend an Information Session and receive a discounted Start Training Program Registration Fee of $75! 
* OC Race Registration not included.

Your Vote is Your Voice

posted Nov 5, 2012, 12:38 PM by Ana Bonilla   [ updated Nov 5, 2012, 12:41 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]

Discussion table at the Voter Forum

On October 24th,  Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, Long Beach Chapter hosted a Voter Education Forum for over 50 attendees! Our steering committee decided to host this forum in place of our regular quarterly hub meeting because of the importance of really getting out the vote during election seasons. We hope that those in attendance feel better prepared to cast their vote on November 6th and that they are all helping spread the word to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

Good Food Festival & Conference - November 2nd-4th

posted Oct 30, 2012, 4:13 PM by Julio Zaldivar   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 4:13 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]

Good Food Festival & Conference - November 2nd-4th 
a TCE Sponsored Event

Support the Movement That's Transforming the Way We Eat

The Good Food Festival & Conference is a nationally-significant event connecting the NGOs, businesses, and individuals who are driving the Good Food movement. This November we're back in Southern California with a big weekend celebration, including panel discussions, entertainment and, of course, great food.

Click here  to view the flyer

Health Equity Fellowship Opportunity

posted Jul 24, 2012, 11:50 AM by Long Beach Building Healthy Communities   [ updated Jul 24, 2012, 11:50 AM by Julio Zaldivar ]

The Greenlining Institute

A landmark grant will provide 6 emerging health advocates the opportunity to work within The California Endowment’s philanthropic programs to address community health disparities in California. Health Equity Fellows will gain hands on policy, advocacy and philanthropic experience and will also benefit from the Greenlining Academy’s extensive leadership development curriculum. To apply to be part of our...[read more on bhclongbeach.org!]

We're Hiring!

posted Jul 24, 2012, 11:23 AM by Long Beach Building Healthy Communities   [ updated Jul 24, 2012, 11:23 AM by Julio Zaldivar ]

Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach is currently seeking an Administrative Assistant to join our team! The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative and clerical support in order to ensure effective and efficient operations. Candidates must demonstrate a strong administrative background, be able to work in a fast paced environment and manage multiples tasks...[read more at bhclongbeach.org!]

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