August, 2015
Issue: 11
Planada Community Circle Tomorrow!

  • It's almost here! Join us for a day of entertainment and BHC fun!
  • We are excited to announce that the 3rd Quarterly BHC Community Circle will take place on Saturday, August 22nd in the beautiful town of Planada! [BHC Merced Blog]
  • Every Community Circle is different, and this year's Planada Community Circle will be an interactive, outdoor art exhibit, cultural performance and neighborhood festival to connect residents to current campaigns, resources and issues in the community. 
  • BHC is going BIG! This Community Circle will consist of over a dozen activities and cultural treasure performers,15 resource booths, live entertainment, and even a Best Taco Contest!
  • This is something you won't want to miss!
Adam Gray On Board For Health4All
Call 2 Action: Health4All with Assembly Adam Gray
Photo of Merced #Health4All advocate during the Call 2 Action forum with Assemblyman Adam Gray. Photo by BHC Merced.
  • In the wake of SB4 (the Healthcare for All Bill) that expands access to healthcare for undocumented Californians passing the State's Appropriations and enviably to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown; Over 100 Merced residents and advocates for the bill met with Assemblyman Adam Gray of District 21 encouraging for his support. [Ana B. Ibarra / Merced Sun Star]
  • "Gray shared his support for providing coverage for undocumented youths but reminded Merced residents that there is a bigger problem: the shortage of providers." [Ana B. Ibarra / Merced Sun Star]
  • "We have to support our friends and neighbors...We're all human, and we all need to be healthy." said Blanca Lozano Davila. 
  • Last May, over 250 people met to discuss the needs to provide health care for undocumented at the first Health4All Dialogue n Merced County; An event that showcase the growing support for the bill. An article by journalist, Ana Ibarra of the Merced Sun-Star best sums up the event. [Ana B. Ibarra / Merced Sun Star]
Blanca Lozano Davila of Delhi shows her support of Senate Bill 4 during The      #Health4Al Call 2 Action forum at Mount Pisgah church. By Merced Sun Star Ana B Ibarra.
  • To view photos from the 'Health4All Call to Action' meeting, go to our BHC flickr page or click on the image above.
Community Grants Ending Soon!

Fall Cycle BHC Community Grants now open.
  • 7 days left to submit applications for the BHC Fall Cycle Community Grants.
  • "Twice a year, BHC of south and east Merced County funds projects in four communities: Planada, Le Grand, south Merced, and the Franklin-Beachwood area. According to BHC, the proposed projects should encourage youth leadership, community involvement and offer opportunities for participants to gain skills."  [Staff / Merced Sun Star]
  • The Deadline to apply for the grant is August 28th, 2015; Contact Hub staff for more information. [BHC Merced / Hub Staff]
  • BHC staff will also host grant workshops' through-out the month for those who need assistance in the application process. Dates and information of the workshops are included in the application.  [BHC Merced / Community Grants] 
Future Leaders of Central Valley
Central Valley of California R2L NextGen participants, from left to right: Marcos Sanchez, Ashili Quintela, Angelica Mercado, Destiny Murillo, Kailani Sanchez, and Elizabeth Arellano. Photo provided by CHCI Next Opp.

We want to congratulate four of Merced County's outstanding students who participated in the 2015 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institutes Ready 2 Lead NextGen Program in Washington D.C. this summer!  With the support of Le Grand Union High School District and Building Healthy Communities, Elizabeth Arellano of Livingston, Destiny Murillo of Le Grand, Ashli Quintela of Planada, and Kailani Sanchez of Merced joined two others to represent a remarkable group of Latino high school students from the Central Valley of California.

The program brought together over 70 Latino high school students from across the country for a week-long DC experience. During their visit they gained knowledge on how the federal government works and the importance of their role as active citizens. They met with key Latino leaders, visited the historic monuments and museums, and developed a connection with other like-minded young leaders who want to make a difference in their communities.

Many of the students noted that the program was a transformative and life changing experience. "Because of my participation in the R2L NextGen program, I now believe in myself and plan to continue my education beyond high school," said Kailani Sanchez a senior at Merced High School.

To Ashli Quintela a junior at Le Grand High School the program provided a sense of empowerment and hope. 

"The R2L NextGen program changed the way that I view politics...It helped me realize that even though we don't have a choice in where we came from, we have a choice in shaping our future."

Congratulations to Elizabeth, Destiny, Ashli, and Kailani on their successful trip, representing Merced County well, and demonstrating the power of future generations of Latino leaders in the Central Valley!


"In order to be a genuine part of city government, the Merced Youth Council requires ongoing support and training, coaching, mentoring...They need models and examples of what's possible if they're truly going to have an impact on the place we call home." [Andres Reyes / Sun Star Op-Ed]

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With Health and Justice for All

BHC Photo Gallery 


Block N Grow 2015

BHC photo gallery of last week's 14th Annual Block N Grow, a BHC partner event hosted by Distinguished Outreach Services (DOS).

  • Click on the photos to browse through our photo gallery. 

BHC photo gallery of the South Merced #Health4All Pachanga, a event hosted by the BHC Prevention Action Team. 


  • BHC Partner Distinguished Outreach Services Prepares Merced Kids for school [Merced Sun-Star]  

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