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We Are Back!
We took a short publishing pause, however we hope that as you read our newly-redesigned newsletter you will see the numerous activities that have kept us away.   We would like to re-introduce ourselves and re-connect with all of you.  While we have been working hard behind scenes; we know that many of you have been looking for opportunities to reconnect with the BHC.   We are planning a community wide event and will be reaching out to many of  you, so please be on the lookout for details in our next newsletter issue.
Thank you for your continuous support and interest,
Gloria Giraldo, MPH
Hub Manager
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Get to know our Hub Staff:
We would like to introduce our Central Santa Ana Hub Team!!  The SABHC Hub plays a critical role in coordinating the processes and serving as a central point of contact for communication and reporting as well as establishing a structure for ongoing evaluation, reflection, and learning.  We look forward to working with you.   Please feel free to contact us:

Gloria Giraldo, MPH, Hub Manager.  E-mail:
Jeanette Torres, MPH, Hub Coordinator.  E-mail:
Tania Pantoja, BA, Hub Assistant.  E-mail:
Enrique Olivares, BS, Hub Intern.  E-mail:

 Community News
 Whooping Cough Shot Requirement
California has a new immunization law requiring 7-12th graders to get a whooping cough (Tdap) shot after age 7.  Before starting the 2011-2012 school year, every student in grades 7-12 must present an immunization record showing a Tdap vaccine.  Contact the Orange County Health Care Agency at (800) 564-8448  for more information or call Santa Ana Unified School District Health Services at (714) 433-3429.  Go to for more details.  

Neighborhood Hero Award
The “Neighborhood Hero Award” was established by the Communication Linkage Forum Board to honor those individuals who have shown commitment and enthusiasm in bettering the quality of life in their neighborhoods. This year, they have chosen nine individuals that demonstrate leadership,  commitment,  generosity,  and  the  selflessness  needed  to  enhance  their  neighborhood.  We would like to congratulate Elsa Martinez and Victor Sanchez on their award and participation with SABHC.  Gracias!  Read more about our Neighborhood Hero's in action here!

Soda Sucks: Outsmart the advertisers and win $1000
Soda sucks but young people still drink it.  Pitch your best message that sodas damage your health by joining a
California-wide youth driven guerrilla marketing campaign.  Use whatever format you like that can be replicated by social media — such as poster art, sticker design, rap/spoken word, video/animation.  Five winning entries will each receive $1000.  View details here!

Please visit our SABHC CalConnect Event Calendar for a listing of upcoming events and other information regarding SABHC!


SABHC Community Updates
4/16/11 Earth and Health Fest at Centennial Park
This event featured three Resource Fair Pavilions:  Community Building, Earth, and Health. The Community Building Pavilion provided information of interest to Santa Ana residents and recognized the accomplishments of Santa Ana residents and non-profit organizations.  The Health Pavilion featured a variety of resources to enhance health, fitness and active living as well as bicycling resources and nutrition information. The Earth Pavilion included vendors providing information and resources to help residents learn about living green, such as energy conservation, community gardens, water-wise landscaping, and recycling.
5/21/11 Healthy Families, Healthy Moms Health Fair
Carr Intermediate School was the site a Health and Resources Fair arranged by Children's Health Initiative of Orange County, Santa Ana Unified School District, along with other partners in offering free Tdap/Whooping Cough Vaccinations along with medical/dental/vision screenings for the community.  SABHC had a table within the Resource Fair to provide information and spread awareness about The California Endowment and SABHC.
6/11/11 Roosevelt Park Opening
This event celebrated a Santa Ana Building Health Communities (SABHC) early win in Zone 4 within Central Santa Ana.  Latino Health Access, the Santa Ana Unified School District along with others helped make this day possible.  The grounds of Roosevelt Elementary School opened as a pilot for the Community Access Agreement (CAA) permitting access to the use of school grounds as a park-like environment to the surrounding community.
6/23/11 Training the Trainers Day 1
Training the Trainers was an event dedicated to providing our Youth Leaders with more insight on leadership development.  There were presentations given on self identity, conversations about Santa Ana zones, and recording their thoughts on a wall of wisdom.  Our Youth are amazing!
6/24/11 Training of Trainers Day 2
The second part of the Training of Trainers series continued the conversation about leadership development emphasizing community identity.  One of our youth gave a great presentation on the history of Santa Ana.  The youth had a conversation about the challenges of growing up in Santa Ana and were also able to highlight strengths within the community.  Thank you Youth!
5/17/11 Steering Committee Meeting
This Steering Committee Meeting was held at Latino Health Access.  First, members of the Committee were given a presentation by The California Endowment.  Then, small group discussions were held with members of the City Council regarding SABHC updates and progress.  Topics discussed included healthy land use and the role of City Council, and collaboration.
6/2/11 Interpreter Training
Now more than ever the need for qualified Spanish interpreters is essential in having meetings and events being successful.  SABHC has recognized this need and has provided training sessions for Santa Ana residents and community leaders to study and practice their interpreting skills.  These trainings provide a valuable resource not only in allowing our meetings and events to function well but also to provide residents with a great training opportunity!
6/15/11 Youth Dinner and Awards Presentation
The SABHC Hub had the privilege to award our Youth Leaders for their exceptional participation during the planning phase of SABHC.  The SABHC Hub met with our Youth Leaders at a local restaurant and enjoyed an evening reflecting on the SABHC process as well as their Youth Leader development.  We were proud to see their progress since those early days of SABHC planning and we look forward to seeing them reach their full potential.  Thank you Youth leaders for all your hard work!
6/21/11 Steering Committee Meeting
Our Steering Committee met to discuss several different topics concerning SABHC including a presentation about an upcoming TCE documentary.  We also had a chance to introduce our new Hub Coordinator, Jeanette Torres.  Several SABHC policy topics were discussed and our Adult/Youth Committee members reported on projects that they are currently working on.  These Steering Committee Meetings are essential in driving the SABHC movement forward.
6/23/11 Adult Resident Steering Committee Members Study Session
Our Adult Resident Steering Committee Members spent the day analyzing and discussing work-plans for different organizations involved in SABHC.  Their focus was reviewing their specific plans and maintaining a sense of accountability with the organizations participating.  Our adult residents did a fantastic job studying and have really made great strides in their participation within SABHC.  Gracias Residentes!
6/30/11 GIS Mapping Training
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping is an incredible tool that our Youth leaders received training for at Loma Linda University.  This training session provided our Leaders with a basic understanding of GIS.  GIS technologies provides a tool to manage and collate spatial information on natural resources, enviroment, and human habitat.  Our youth will be divided into groups and will map the 5 target zones of SABHC.  We can't wait to see the results!
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