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South Kern Community

South Kern (see map) - located in the unincorporated region of Southern Kern County along the I-99 corridor - is rich in natural resources with a large agricultural base, and is home to large numbers of farm workers. With a population of 65,000, this region of Kern County has a number of challenges including high rates of poverty, substandard education, unhealthy air and water, and inadequate infrastructure and public services.

However, this community also has strong network of organizing and advocacy partners working to ameliorate the deplorable living conditions many of these families must endure. Though they are under-resourced, the community-based service providers valiantly work to meet the residents' needs. In addition, the political leadership in the region is committed to improving the health of its residents and the environmental conditions that contribute to poor health.

Though the challenges may seem vast, the high level of community engagement makes it an ideal place to build a healthy community. The California Endowment is excited by the wealth of opportunity for improvement in the region and envisions a robust and vibrant movement within this community that will ultimately result in positive, meaningful and sustainable changes for the residents of South Kern County



City Council:

County Supervisors:

Governor: Jerry Brown (D)

State Senate: Darrell Steinberg (D-6)

State Assembly:
Roger Dickinson (D-9)
Alyson Huber (D-10)

U.S. Senators:
Dianne Feinstein (D)
Barbara Boxer (D)

U.S. Representatives:
Doris Matsui (D-5)