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SABHC Spotlights

June 2012

RAIZ Youth Conference

El Centro Cultural de Mexico organized a sucessful conference with over 500 youth in Santa Ana.  Organizers report that youth covered issues that they care about such as police brutality, education, hood violence, immigration and drug abuse. The conference was organized and led by and for youth to empower and connect youth to local social movements that organize through art, cultural and popular education. (Pictures by Oceloyotl)

WE Connect Health Care Enrollement Event

An estimated 6,000 people from around Orange County participated in the WE Connect Health Care Enrollment Event & Resource Fair that took place at Godinez High School in Santa Ana.  The impetus behind this massive event was to raise awareness about health care resources and insurance programs.  Eligible families were able to enroll in low- to no-cost health care as well as money-saving programs like WIC and discounted utilities.  Medical and dental screenings benefited over 400 participants,   Thanks to The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers who took the lead in co-planning the event sponsored by the California Endowment and everyone from SABHC who came out to support the event.

Weight of the Nation- 100 SABHC Residents Participate in Documentary Viewing

Latino Health Access and the SABHC hub hosted a community screening and Q&A panel discussion to debut Part 4 of the Weight of the Nation documentary called: CHALLENGES.  The Weight of the Nation is a four-part documentary series featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity.  Approximately 100 community residents attended the screening and participated in a community discussion. The episode, CHALLENGES, examined the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture policy, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.  This episode also featured Santa Ana and its own struggle with the local obesity epidemic and the search for open space.  The Weight of the Nation is a documentary produced by HBO in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to bring national attention to the obesity epidemic.  The documentary was produced in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with philantropic support from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.   We would also like to give a special thanks to our panelists Dr. Tony Iton (Senior Vice-President of Healthy Communities/The California Endowment), Dr. America Bracho (Executive Director, Latino Health Access), Michele Martinez (Santa Ana Councilwoman), community leaders Jose Rea and Manuela  Lopez and community residents!

Immigration Legal Clinic

237 people attended a Free Immigration Legal Clinic hosted by a robust coalition of community based organizations in Santa Ana. The event offered workshops on several immigration issues affecting our community. The topics included Secure Communities, the Citizenship Process, Civic Participation, E-Verify, Dream Act and Deferred Action.  Aside from the workshops, immigration and labor attorneys offered their time to answer questions one-on-one on individual cases. 180 people had the opportunity to talk to a trusted attorney at no cost. Among the organizers of the event were the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice  (CLUE), the Diocese of Orange, El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Orange County May Day Coalition (OCMDC), Orange County Employees Association (OCEA), Orange County Dream Team (OCDT),  Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD),  Orange County Congregations Community Organization (OCCCO), the Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF),  United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) 324,  and many residents who volunteered their time to make this event a great success!

July 2012

SABHC Mini Grant Recipients for 2012
In alignment with the SABHC strategic plan, SABHC granted approximately $18,000 in BHC-HUB mini grants.  Eighteen mini-grants were awarded in an effort to create new opportunities for Central Santa Ana residents to acquire new skills and to participate in community engagement projects. The recipients were voted by a mini grant review committee comprised of an adult resident, youth, organization and HUB staff.  Thank you to Paula OCampo, Carlos Perea, Gloria Alvarado, Tania Pantoja and Jeanette Torres for participating in the mini grant review committee.  The work of mini-grantees will be featured in up-coming newsletters.  For more information on the yearly mini grant program, please contact Jeanette Torres,
Project Name
"Arreglos Frutales" (Fruit Arrangements)
Boys Day Out
Bombaso- Fandango DVD
Cartonera Cartography
Circulo de Mujercitas: For Young Women and by Young women
Cycle for Health: A Community Bike Ride
DeColores Queer OC’s Fourth Annual Community Conference
Familias Activas- Familias Seguras
Fishing for Cause
Huertos Familiares (Family Gardens)
My Free Little Santa Ana Library
Neighbors for Safe Neighborhoods Networks
Operation: Color my World
Salud con Ritmo
Talleres de Fieltro
Women of Worth
Entrepreneurship Program: The YEP Program

Campamento de Enriquecimiento Muchachos y Hombres de Color (BMoC)

Niños y jóvenes de color de nuestras comunidades están sufriendo las consecuencias de las condiciones socio-económicas como la reducción en el numero de jóvenes que se gradúan de High School, una mayor probabilidad de experimentar y se testigo de violencia, una mayor probabilidad de sufrir un trastorno de estrés post-traumático y de vivir en la pobreza.  Para abordar estas cuestiones, el The California Endowment ha creado una iniciativa especial para niños y jovenes de color.  A través de esta iniciativa, una campamento de enriquecimiento para BMoC se llevo a cabo este verano.  El Campamento de Enriquecimiento fue llevado a cabo por Sierra Nevada Journeys por 5 días.  Aproximadamente 90 jóvenes de todo el estado de los 14 sities de BHC en California para priorizar las estrategias y encontrar soluciones a los problemas que enfrenta la juventud hoy en día.  Los jóvenes pasaron la semana haciendo entrenamientos en liderazgo y retos de desarrollo personal.  Entre los oradores invitados, Dr. Robert Ross del The California Endowment proporciono a los jóvenes con historias motivantes.  Un agradecimiento especial a nuestros jóvenes participantes que representaron a Santa Ana con gran orgullo y sentido de responsabilidad: Nestor Avila, Isaac Michaca, Jesus Gutierrez, Nelson Alonso, Diego Robles, Victor Gudiel, and Caleb Torres que son nuestro jóvenes participantes y a Pablo Avila and Enrique Olivares que son nuestros adultos aliados de Santa Ana.  Los jóvenes participantes continuaran participando en actividades que promuevan el bienestar de nuestros jóvenes.

Walker Elementary School Peace Walk:  200 BHC Residents Take the Streets for Peace
Safety was consistently prioritized as a fundamental concern throughout the SABHC planning phase during 2009 -2010 and there was considerable discussion about strategies to reduce domestic violence, gang and drug violence as well to the improve the relationship between the community and the police.  The work around safety is shaping up in two important ways; from the community residents emerged the strategy of mobilizing neighbors in neighborhood peace walks and immediate response teams.  After the first successful, peace walk of June 1 which attracted over 450 people; residents met a community safety forum where neighborhood planning teams formed.  The result of their planning was the Peace Walk in Zone 4 which took place on July 13.  Residents from the PODER Committee and the CORE youth group supported by Latino Health Access and other community allies.  The walk exceeded everyone’s expectations since organizers only projected a maximum of 70 people would show up, more than 200 people came out to walk, meet their neighbors and participate in a mini-resource fair at the end of the walk.  People continue to carry the message of caring of our youth, for making violence unacceptable and gathering around the lyrics of local resident and songwriter, Hector Rivera, “Neighbor, neighbor your son and your daughter are just like my own son and daughter”.  The community peace walks manifest the collective objective of building peace and caring for each other’s children.

OC Administrative Relief - Educational Forum

Orange County Dream Team in collaboration with RAIZ held an Educational Forum on Administrative Relief as a space for individuals to voice their questions and concerns about administrative policy change.  Close to 500 people attended the Educational Forum to learn about President Obama's new immigration policy affecting undocumented young immigrants in the U.S.

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Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities (SABHC) is committed to addressing health inequities and improving opportunities to create a healthy, thriving Santa Ana. SABHC understands that health is directly shaped by the circumstances in which people are born, raised, live, and work. Improving these circumstances is a collective responsibility and one that must be led by those directly affected. Residents, youth, and organizations collaborate in three workgroups called: Equity for All, Health for All, and Restorative Justice. Each workgroup seeks to achieve systems and policy changes that advance human rights, such as: improved health, safety, youth development, education, economic development, land use, and community engagement.
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