Building Healthy Communities

Making Health Happen by
Building Healthy Communities

The BHC sites were chosen based on criteria developed by TCE staff, grounded in social determinants of health data, the grant-making history, and key stakeholder interviews. The data was used to identify areas that are impacted by deep poverty and low health outcomes, but yet have the potential to develop into communities that can be modeled, replicated and inspire policy changes to create a healthy environment for all Californians. Discover how people and organizations work together in each site as well as what it means to have an embedded Program Manager in each BHC site. More information about how BHC operates in each site, as well as information about the sites can be found below.

    The 14 Communities

    Click on a location to learn more about the community and its focus.

     
     

    x close

    Del Norte County and Adjacent Tribal Lands

    Often known as "The Gateway to the Redwood Coast," Del Norte has seen a growth of leadership surrounding the future of the youth in the community. Following the decline of the timber industry in the 1960's, job creation has come primarily from government, with the opening of a maximum security prison.

    Quick Facts

    • 12.5% of the 29,949 residents are unemployed

    Community Focus

    • Developing the local economy, youth-related issues, and land use

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC Del Norte Movement

    SW Merced/East Merced

    Southwest and East Merced are proud communities that nonetheless struggle with poverty, unemployment, and educational success. The Merced Building Healthy Community is joining local government, resident-led coalitions, and other community-based organizations to improve the health of the community, safety of the streets, and employment within the community.

    Quick Facts

    • 30% of the population falls below the poverty line
    • 47.9% have less than a high school education and 18.8% are unemployed

    Community Focus

    • Youth development, safe neighborhoods, and economic development

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC Merced Movement

    South Kern

    The South Kern Building Healthy Community is a community of 65,154 residents, many of them farm workers making the most of the region’s rich natural resources. The community faces many struggles including poverty, unhealthy air, unemployment, and low educational attainment.

    Quick Facts

    • 22.5% are unemployed, 20.5% live below poverty
    • 53.7% have less than a high school education

    Community Focus

    • Public health, food access, and land use

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC South Kern Movement

    South Los Angeles

    South LA is a community that struggles with poverty, health care, food access, violence, low educational attainment, and high unemployment. South LA Building Healthy Community is a community of 93,623 residents.  Community leaders and community based organizations are engaging residents and local officials to tackle the challenges facing this community.

    Quick Facts

    • 15% are unemployed
    • 35.5% are living below the poverty line and 54.1% have less than a high school education

    Community Focus

    • Food Access, Health Care Enrollment, and Land Use.

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC South L.A. Movement

    Sacramento

    Sacramento has been called one of the most diverse cities in America by Time Magazine, a quality that is evident in the South Sacramento Building Healthy Community where nearly 70,000 residents of various backgrounds live, learn and play. In recent years the community has struggled with unemployment and poverty. Community members are collaborating with elected officials, grassroots advocacy groups, and other community organizations to improve their neighborhoods and schools.

    Quick Facts

    • 12.7% of its residents are unemployed; ranked third lowest for per capita income out of 51 Sacramento County communities

    Community Focus

    • Healthy food access, school discipline policies, and enrolling uninsured residents into health coverage programs

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC Sacramento Movement

    Richmond

    The Richmond Building Healthy Community is a small residential inner suburb of 28,238 residents with heavy industry that struggles with unemployment, poverty, low educational attainment, and violence. This year the Richmond Building Healthy Community will focus on safety, land use, and economic opportunity.

    Quick Facts

    • 13.3% are unemployed
    • 25.5% live below the poverty line, and 45.7% have less than a high school education

    Community Focus

    • Safety, land use, and economic opportunity

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC Richmond Movement

    Long Beach

    Long Beach is vibrant city with the second busiest port in the United States, as well as a high prevalence of asthma. Recently it experienced a significant drop of median household income.  The Long Beach Building Healthy Community struggles with unemployment, poverty, low educational attainment, and homeownership. The Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Community College and California State University, Long Beach, established the "Long Beach College Promise" to prepare youth for higher education and provide a college education to every student. Long Beach’s health care system is working with community groups to reduce diabetes and obesity levels within the community.

    Quick Facts

    • 18.4% are unemployed and 41.7% live below poverty
    • 59.1% have less than a high school education, and 15.1% own their home

    Community Focus

    • School wellness, safety, and land use

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC Long Beach Movement

    East Salinas (Alisal)

    East Salinas – or Alisal, as it is popularly known – is a vibrant neighborhood of 32,000 with many immigrant families employed in agriculture, food processing, and hospitality services. East Salinas Building Healthy Community struggles with health insurance, unemployment, educational attainment, and poverty. The community also has the fifth highest percentage of uninsured residents in the state. With the help of a CDC STEPS five year grant and strong political leadership, residents are ready to improve the health of Alisal.

    Quick Facts

    • 21.8% of the residents are unemployed
    • 24.7% live below poverty and 76% have less than a high school education

    Community Focus

    • Enrolling residents in healthcare, land use, and economic opportunity

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC East Salinas Movement

    East Oakland

    With more than 90,000 residents, East Oakland is soon to be a “gateway” to the Bay Area, with a great deal of transit-oriented development underway. The East Oakland Building Healthy Community faces a wide range of challenges, including unemployment, community violence, and poverty. 23.4% of the residents live below poverty and 14.5% are unemployed.  Support for youth services is very strong with approximately $17 million a year generated for youth services, and job growth is expected to increase along with transit-oriented development. This year the East Oakland Building Healthy Community is focused on Economic Opportunities, Community Safety, and Food Access..

    Quick Facts

    • 23.4% of the residents live below poverty

    Community Focus

    • Community Safety and Food Access

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC East Oakland Movement

    Eastern Coachella Valley

    Coachella may be a center of agriculture and tourism for California, but it is one of the poorest areas in the United States. The Coachella Building Healthy Community struggles with poverty, lack of healthcare, and low educational attainment. This year the Coachella Building Healthy Community will partner with community organizations to improve the health of residents, food access, and Land Use.

    Quick Facts

    • 59.8% have less than a high school education
    • 25.8% live below poverty with a per capita income of less than $7,000

    Community Focus

    • Health of residents, food access, and Land Use

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC Coachella Movement

    City Heights

    City Heights is often praised for its diversity, as many of its nearly 80,000 residents are refugees from east Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Latin America. City Heights Building Health Community struggles with poverty, food access, and education. Residents and community organizations have come together and created the community’s first farmer’s market that accepts food stamps and other food program vouchers, as well as a community garden where residents can grow and sell their crops at the farmer’s market.

    Quick Facts

    • 35.1% of its residents live below poverty, 20.9% own a home
    • 52.3% have less than a high school education

    Community Focus

    • Improving access to health care, food access, land use, and community safety.

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC City Heights Movement

    Central/SE/SW Fresno

    Central/West Fresno is home to a diverse population of 70,000 residents that includes many Hmong, Cambodian, and Lao refugees, and an economy primarily driven by agriculture and manufacturing. The Fresno Building Healthy Community struggles with high levels of poverty and unemployment, low educational attainment, and high rates of asthma.

    Quick Facts

    • 43.4% of the community falls below the poverty line, 22% are unemployed
    • 62.8% have less than a high school education

    Community Focus

    • Improving Air Quality, Economic Opportunities, and Street Safety

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC Fresno Movement

    Central Santa Ana

    The Santa Ana Building Healthy Community is a high density, low income neighborhood that struggles with food access, poverty, low educational attainment, and violence. Community-based organizations have networked together to help the Santa Ana build a healthy future for 91,156 residents.

    Quick Facts

    • 77.1% have less than a high school education
    • 23.5% live below the poverty line

    Community Focus

    • Food access, economic opportunity, and health care enrollment

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC Santa Ana Movement

    Boyle Heights

    Boyle Heights is one of the oldest areas in the Los Angeles basin and for the past 40 years, it has been home to one of the largest Chicano/Mexican populations in the United States, with 91.6% of its 73,297 residents being Latino. The Boyle Heights Building Healthy Community struggles with education, youth engagement, and land use issues. Community organizations are working to develop the labor, social, and academic skills; mental and physical health; and overall engagement of youth in the community. Elected officials and organizations are working with residents to help with the lack of homeownership within the community.

    Quick Facts

    • 68.8% of the population have less than a high school diploma
    • 32.8% live below the poverty line, and 21.8% own a home

    Community Focus

    • Health Care Enrollment, Land Use, and Food Access

    Resources

    Learn More and Join the BHC Boyle Heights Movement


    [back to top]