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Welcome to Merced's BHC Announcement page. Below is a chronological listing of all Merced BHC's posts, with the most recent at the top.
If you would like to contribute to Building Healthy Communities - Merced announcements, 
please contact your Hub Communications Specialist Staff Mark Chalico at: bhcmerced@gmail.com

First Ever LGBT Community Center To Open In Merced

posted Aug 28, 2014, 11:26 AM by Valley Onward

The First ever LGBT Community Center is set open their doors to the people of Merced this Saturday, August 30th, 2014. 
This is monumental. Be part of this historic event as  


2nd cycle of Community Grants are open!

posted Aug 19, 2014, 9:20 AM by Valley Onward   [ updated Aug 19, 2014, 9:40 AM ]

MailChimp: 2nd Cycle Community Grant

Apply now!
Applications are available in both English and Spanish.

Community Circle In Planada - Join Us!

posted Jul 16, 2014, 9:15 AM by Valley Onward   [ updated Jul 16, 2014, 9:27 AM ]

Building Healthy Communities Merced Presents:

BHC Community Circle: Planada 

Join us for Free Food - Refreshments - Raffle Prizes - Entertainment 

It's that time again! Come join us at Houlihan Park, Planada  for our Building Healthy Communities Summer Community Circle event on Wednesday, July 23rd.

This event is a great opportunity for community residents to connect with local leaders, agencies, organizations, BHC programs and other community members of Merced County.

This public event is for all ages, so bring the family! There will be free food & refreshments as well as raffle drawings throughout the event, so come hungry and ready to win! Are you interested in sharing this event?  Flyers are available below in both English Spanish

For more information please see flyers below. 

Building Healthy Communities Merced Position Opening

posted Jul 11, 2014, 3:39 PM by Valley Onward

Building Healthy Communities Merced Position Opening

Job Title:        HUB Communications Specialist

Reports to:    HUB Manager

Location: Merced, CA, includes travel within Merced County: South Merced, East Merced County.

Status: Full-time, exempt position, grant funded through February 27, 2015. 

Compensation: Salary of $37,000 per year plus benefits.

Deadline: July 18, 2014

About Building Healthy Communities Merced

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10-year strategic effort funded by The California Endowment (TCE) aimed at improving the health status of communities in fourteen California sites. BHC is working to create healthy communities through policy and systems change driven by intentional resident engagement and systems partnerships.

Job Description: 

The Hub Communications Specialist serves as the media contact and spokesperson for the Building Healthy Communities Hub. The position’s primary function is to provide day-to-day media support and coordination of publicity and public relations related to the Hub, BHC and TCE, as they relate to the Southwest Merced/East Merced County site. He or she also assists with other project-related activities as needed.

Given the nature of the work, this position requires flexible hours including work on some evenings and weekends. The Communications Specialist will be expected to make the position his or her top priority and to arrange a work schedule that reflects that level of commitment.


The communications specialist’s role is to identify all critical audiences, both internal and external to the Hub Collaborative. He or she ensures that all important messages are transmitted using a wide range of media channels with an emphasis on feedback, inclusion, transparency and outreach.



Please submit a cover letter, resume and names and contacts of 3 job references.

1. Cover letter explaining why you are applying for the position and your experience working with collaborative to achieve community-wide goals.

2. Resume

3. One page writing sample – English

4. Sample Press Release

5. Sample News Article

6. Sample Blog or Newsletter

7. One page writing sample – Spanish (optional)

8. 3 professional references – profession, address and phone numbers


Only complete electronic submissions will be considered.

Please submit to:


Available Grants Opportunity Through Dignity Health

posted Jul 9, 2014, 4:06 PM by Valley Onward   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 4:08 PM ]

Dignity Health in conjunction with Merced Medical Center are accepting applications for their  2014 Community Grants Program
An objective of Dignity Health's Community Grants Program is to award grants to organizations that partners together and whose proposals respond to the priorities identified in the health assessment and the community benefit plans of Merced Medical Center. The grant funds are to be used to provide services to underserved populations within Merced County.
The deadline to submit an application is on Friday July 18th, 2014. All applications are to be submitted to Janice Wilkerson at Janice.Wilkerson@DignityHealth.org.
Since 1990, Dignity Health has awarded nearly $47 million through grants to local nonprofit organizations. 
Dignity Health’s community grants program is funded through donations from its member hospitals, which contribute a percentage equal to the previous year’s audited expenses.

Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2013/12/18/3096107/mercy-awards-grants-to-merced.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2013/12/18/3096107/mercy-awards-grants-to-merced.html#storylink=cpysdfsdsdfsd

2014 Community Grants Available

posted Apr 3, 2014, 11:01 AM by Valley Onward

We are pleased to announce that we are opening up our summer cycle of community grants.  The community grant will directly fund projects in the four communities identified within the BHC area: Planada, Le Grand, South Merced, Franklin/Beachwood areas of Merced County, or projects that involve community members from the four identified areas that make up our BHC site. Community grants should improve youth leadership, community involvement, and behaviors related to developing healthy and safe communities.  Examples of potential programs or projects include, but are not limited to: health related activities, educational trips, cultural arts, music or video projects that focus on the prioritized BHC outcomes for Southwest Merced/East Merced County.  You can find them and apply between April 7th and May 16th at the following locations:
  • Merced: United Way Office 
  • Le Grand: Le Grand High School
  • Planada: Cesar Chavez Middle School
  • Beachwood Franklin: Joe Stefani and Franklin Elementary Schools
  • United Way, Merced
Or see the attached file and bring in the completed form before close of business on May 16th.

Local Control Funding Formula

posted Oct 18, 2013, 2:11 PM by Valley Onward

On Thursday, October 24th, The California Endowment, in conjunction with BHC and a number of other community groups, will be hosting a forum regarding the Local Control Funding Formula. 

Thanks to voter-approved Proposition 30 and an improving economy, California has started to reverse years of budget cuts and teacher layoffs.  State education spending is expected to increase $18 billion over the next eight years.  The Fair School Funding law – formally called the Local Control Funding Formula - determines how dollars will be distributed and how they can be used.

 Fair School Funding makes these important changes:

1.     More Money for Schools with the Greatest Needs. Fair School Funding increases dollars to specifically support the needs of students who are low-income, learning to speak English and living in foster homes.  

2.     A New Definition of School Success. Fair School Funding means schools won’t be judged by test scores alone.  Schools now also must develop plans to improve parent involvement, student engagement, and positive learning environments.

3.     More Local Control.  Fair School Funding gives parents and local school leaders more control over spending.  Under the new law, they will work together to create achievement plans and budgets to meet the unique needs of students in their communities. 

The Fair School Funding Law was signed into law on July 1st, 2013.  It was approved quickly and many details are still to be defined by the California Board of Education.  This fall, the Board is considering two important decisions:  (1) regulations that will define how new dollars can be spent; and (2) a template for an achievement plan (the Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP) that every school district will complete to show goals and progress under the new law. The Board has asked for public input in advance of their final decisions in early 2014.  That’s why the School Success Express Tour is happening now.   After the Board makes its decisions, school districts will craft three-year student achievement plans and supporting budgets that will take effect starting July 1.  However, given the scope of the changes and new requirements for community input, the state encourages school districts to not wait until the spring to engage parents and students in this new process.

Please See the attached FAQ and Flyer for more information.  If you have questions regarding the forum on October 24th, please contact Isai Palma at 209-777-9898.

2013-14 Community Grants

posted Sep 6, 2013, 8:57 AM by Valley Onward   [ updated Sep 6, 2013, 8:57 AM ]

Building Healthy Communities, Merced is now accepting applications for mini community grants!

See attached document for application.

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