Congratulations to SaCRED for unprecedented civic engagement efforts!
The Sunshine Ordinance has been approved! It will help to ensure early and meaningful resident engagement in planning decisions that impact their lives, a stated goal of SABHC health promoting land use and planning strategy.
Residents, community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, small businesses, workers and unions worked diligently for months with the city council members and city staff to draft and pass the Sunshine Ordinance.
Daisy Gonzalez from the Kennedy Commission reflected: “On Monday October 1st, 2012, at Council Chambers, SACReD and BHC worked hand in hand in achieving the first reading of the Santa Ana Sunshine Ordinance. Approximately 170 people attended. The success of the night was a reminder that ‘Participation creates healthy families and a strong economy.”
Read The Orange County Register overview of the Sunshine Ordinance.
Read The Voice of OC coverage on the approval of the Sunshine Ordinance by the Santa Ana City Council.
Summer Sensation Concert
by BHC youth Jesus Gutierrez
It is estimated that more than five hundred youth showed up for the first Summer Sensation Concert! The entertainment was fantastic! The Summer Sensation concert started as collaboration between the youth of the different organizations from Building Health Communities including The Center of OC, The Grain Project, Kidworks, Latino Health Access, and Teen Space. When this group first started meeting they were not planning to have a concert. The objective was to try and work together to recruit youth to the organizations. Then Barbara Kidder-Garcia from Kidworks told the youth: “I have money for a big event so think big.” It did not take long for youth to start thinking of how to recruit youth: A concert. The day of the concert was so much fun! The Grain Project had a place for youth to do art work, the resource fair had about twenty organizations giving out information, a place to take pictures with friends, and there was free food for those that visited the booths. The event was a success and the youth are currently trying to meet up and continue with a follow up for the concert so they can debrief and plan future events.
(Mini-Grant) Bike Ride
by Joel Torrez
On October 6, 2012; seventeen riders from the Santa Ana Community (youth residents and community partner representatives) rode their bicycles from KidWorks in Santa Ana, California to the City of Huntington Beach. Together they covered over 27 miles of the Santa Ana River Trail and the Huntington Beach board walk. Once the riders arrived to the beach, they were greeted by professional health rhythm coordinators that led a drum circle focused on youth empowerment, stress reduction and community. After a healthy meal, the riders rode back together to Santa Ana. This healthy community empowering exercise was a joint effort of the youth residents from the Santa Ana community and the following dedicated community partners: The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers, KidWorks Santa Ana, the Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities initiative, the Orange County Health Care Agency and Bicycle Tree.
Madison Park Walk-a-thon
by Jose Rea
The Madison Park Neighborhood Association hosted its 10th annual Walk-a-thon, Community Resource Fair and Cultural Festival on Saturday September 29th. It was the best attendance yet there were approximately 850 to 1000 walkers! Youth from all ages participated, including many moms with babies in strollers. After the 2.4 miles walk, residents gathered information on job training and placement, youth programs, higher education, health, safety, legal aid, prevention/wellness programs, exercise/fitness programs, healthy eating and gardening, transportation and human services. This successful community building event was co-sponsored by the City of Santa Ana, Madison Elementary School, CalOptima, Casa Guanajuato, CareMore, UCI Chicano/Latinos for Community Medicine, UCI Latino Medical Student Association, The California Endowment, Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities and KidWorks. Muchísimas Gracias and we hope to see you in 2013!
New TCE grantees and renewals
Read full description of grants
University of California, Irvine
Santa Ana Police Department
Charitable Ventures of Orange County/Madison Park Neighborhood Association
T H I N K Together
The Grain Project
Public Law Center
Kidworks Community Development Corporation
Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics