The California Endowment Board Visits Long Beach!

On Thursday, February 20th, the California Endowment Board of Directors and Senior Staff spent the day with Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach.  The site visit was part of the Board’s three day quarterly meeting and provided the opportunity to highlight the good work that is happening because of BHC Long Beach.

The Board participated in a Toxic Tour and experienced the tremendous environmental justice challenges facing the west side of Long Beach.  They were also able to learn more about Restorative Justice and the Every Student Matters campaign by engaging with youth organizers and community organizers.

However, the highlight of the day for many was taking a walking tour around MLK Park with BHC residents and hearing them talk about why they are passionate about change in Long Beach.   Many of the board members commented on how they were impacted by the people of Long Beach and their commitment to the work of BHC.

Thanks to those who participated and to everyone who makes BHC so awesome!

Pictures from the walking loop:


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Youth-Rally for Common-Sense Discipline Reform

Blog Post by Walter Brown, Jr.
Youth Leader, Long Beach Building Healthy Communities
Oct 30, 2013

Being part of the Every Student Matters Campaign in Long Beach has been a challenging and rewarding experience. The goal of the Campaign is to promote positive alternatives to existing school discipline practices, including suspensions and expulsions, which cause the student to miss important class time and puts them at risk for dropping out.

I find it alarming that every 15 minutes a Long Beach student is suspended, particularly because each suspension means the student is missing out on valuable learning which has a negative impact on their academic achievement.

I believe that getting the win on the resolution was a big step forward because it will give students a chance to get the education they deserve and allow them to talk out their problems through restorative justice methods without having to miss valuable class time. This resolution gives students an opportunity to own up to their mistakes in a positive way, while giving teachers and school administrators a chance to get to the root cause of that student’s behavior.

A lot of students at my school experience trauma. Maybe it’s from home or their neighborhood, or even things going wrong in school but they carry it with them throughout the day. The trauma causes stress which sometimes results in a student acting out. Restorative justice allows the student to confront their stress in a constructive way while at the same time helps them build trusting and meaningful relationships with their teachers and school administrators. It also makes the student feel welcomed and comfortable to be themselves knowing that they aren’t alone or not cared about in school.

My experience with the Every Student Matters Campaign has been a moving one.  It allowed me to listen to many personal testimonies which motivated me to work even harder and get more involved. It’s essential to make sure that students feel welcomed and supported while going to school. After all, our education is our pipeline to success!

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Graphic Maps – A Tool to Capture and Share Learning

As many of you may know, 10 representatives from Long Beach attended a two-day statewide Building Healthy Communities convening at The California Endowment last week. We came away with many connections and learnings and wanted to take a brief moment to share a great tool that was used during the convening to capture the topics and conversations we had over the course of the two days.

Scaling up the Movement: Inspired learning through connection and celebration

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Movement Building and Systems Change

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World Cafe


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What’s Race Got to Do With It?

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TCE Sharing with Leadership

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It’s Time. Get Covered.

Blog Post by Robert K. Ross, M.D.
President and CEO, The California Endowment
October 1, 2013

Today is a day for the history books. Obamacare enrollment has arrived, and millions of uninsured Americans will have access to affordable, quality health care.

There are still voices in Washington fighting to take that away, but we are ready to take them head on and do our part to realize the promise of Obamacare for every American who stands to gain from the law.

Ajay Lawson, a 20 year-old student with asthma, is one of those Americans. Even though Ajay is relatively young and healthy, she still has medical needs due to her condition. And every time she has complications, she tries to avoid going doctor (or worse, the emergency room), because she can’t afford to pay.

Like millions of uninsured Americans, Ajay tries to avoid the doctor when she’s sick. Today, for many of those Americans, things are going to change.

In California, nearly 1.7 million lower-income Californians will gain access to Medi-Cal, where they can get low- to no-cost health coverage. Another 2.6 million Californians will be eligible for financial help to purchase private health insurance through our state’s marketplace, Covered California. And millions more will benefit from consumer protections that ban discrimination because of pre-existing conditions and eliminate yearly limits on coverage.

California has led the way in implementing these changes, and today, we’re ready to hit the ground running. That’s why I want to put yesterday’s debates aside and focus on what truly matters: getting Californians covered.

Obamacare is putting health coverage within reach for people who can’t afford it. Now, it’s up to us to get informed, get enrolled, and get covered. Almost everyone knows someone who needs insurance. And for the promise of Obamacare to succeed, everyone needs to do their part to reach every eligible person who can benefit.

Click here to continue reading the piece in its entirety on Huffington Post.

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