January , 2015 
Table of Contents

Job Opportunities Jobs

Beat Report, We'Ced Youth Media Merced:

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United Way: VITA

Our proud partners, United Way Merced County is offering free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to people in need.

For more information click here.

Calendar of Events Calendar
Saturday, January 31st 
Merced Multicultural Arts Center 
645 W. Merced, CA
Two screenings 
2:00 pm and 6:00 pm 
Tuesday, February 3rd

Rivera Middle School Auditorium
945 Buena Vista Dr. Merced, CA
Starts at 7:00 pm 
Friday, February 6th 
Merced County Department of Mental Health Training Room
1137 B Street Merced, CA 95340
9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Saturday, February 7th 
Cesar E. Chavez Middle School
161 Plainsburg Rd. Planada, CA
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 9th 
Merced County Department of Mental Health Training Room
1137 B Street Merced, CA 95340
Door open at 1:00 pm 
Thursday, February 12th 
Le Grand High School 12961 E. Le Grand Rd. Le Grand, CA 
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Share your upcoming event with us on our BHC Merced Calendar to be highlighted in our next newsletter and on our website!
Submit your event here or send information about your event to mark@bhcmerced.org
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BHC Community Circle comes to Le Grand BHCCC
Travel Through Le Grand - A BHC Community Circle


Come join us for our first quarterly BHC community circle on February 12th. Our first circle of the year will be held in the beautiful town of Le Grand California. 

"Travel through Le Grand" and learn about the amazing programs and services our BHC partners are offering. We encourage all our partners to attend as well as the residents of Le Grand to enjoy a fun evening with games, raffle prizes and more! Bring the kids; food & refreshments are provided!

The BHC Community Circle will be held at the Le Grand High School Auditorium on February 12th from 6PM to 8PM. for more information contact the BHC hub staff. See you there!

We'Ced Media: Youth HighlightYouth
"Children of the Drought" 

(By The kNOw Youth Media & We'Ced Youth Media photo: Alyssa Castro)


"My mom and dad talk about the drought. They worry about it a lot. Sometimes I worry that if it gets worse we'll run out of water and die."-Stephanie Gurtel, 12, whose parents work as seasonal manual laborers in Merced.. 

In the News: New Bill Comes with High Hopes News
"Sen. Cannella Introduces Legislation to Increase Physicians in the San Joaquin Valley"

[Merced Sun-Star]

State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today introduced SB 131, legislation that would increase funding for the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME), an innovative program operated by the University of California that brings more physicians to the region.

In the News: Letter to the Editor 
[Merced County Times] Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

It was troubling to see that local law enforcement officials are misinformed about the Prop. 47 - and that their claims would misinform County Times readers.

In the News: Local
[Merced Sun Star] BY: Thaddeus Miller 
There was standing room only Tuesday in the McNamara Park Youth Center as scores of people gathered to celebrate the reopening of the newly refurbished building in south Merced.
In the News: Local
[Merced Sun Star] BY: Thaddeus Miller 
Hundreds of people gathered in Merced to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the national day set aside to observe the birthday of the civil rights trailblazer.
In the News: Statewide 
[Los Angeles Times] Op-ed By: Robert K. Ross
President, The California Endowment. 
Too many black men of my generation have been asleep at the switch. We haven't built on the successes of the civil rights movement to create a better America for our young sons and brothers, whose hardships are so evident after the tragedies in Ferguson..
Upcoming BHC Event: Purgatorio: Undocumented HealthPurgatorio

Building Healthy Communities Merced and The California Endowment are proud to present a free Community Screening Series in Merced County of the award-winning documentary "Purgatorio" in support of The California Endowment's #Health4All campaign.

This is a free screening, be sure to RSVP at rrcinemaproductions@gmail.com



Grant Opportunity: Dignity Health SIP Grants Program

Dignity Health released guidelines for its SIP grants program. This is a funding opportunity for BHC partners and collaborative located in Dignity's service areas, particularly those non-profits that can implement new service delivery models and/or transformative approaches to healthcare access and coordinated services. Grants will range from $100K-$500K, over 24 months. Deadline for this is February 20, 2015

In addition there are matching fund requirements along with evaluation, target population, and other important details found in the attachment.


Applications from BHC partners are strongly encouraged.


Grant Opportunity: First 5 Merced Mini-Grants Now Open GrantOpportunities
First 5 Merced County opened its second cycle of community mini-grants for 2014-2015, which are meant to be distributed among local organizations that propose programs benefiting children age 5 and under.

Those encouraged to apply include: nonprofit agencies, private businesses, community groups and governmental units. 

Completed applications for the grants are due by 4 p.m. Feb 20th. 

For applications instructions, visit www.first5mercedcounty.org or call (209) 385-7337.

Internship Opportunity: Health Career Connection HCC

Health Career Connection is excited to announce that the application for next summer's Health Career Connection Internship Program is now open! HCC will 

Last summer HCC placed 7 students in internships with United Way Merced County, Golden Valley Health Center, Merced County Public Health, the Merced Organizing Project, and We'ced Youth Media. 
HCC highly encourages all college students (community college and 4-year universities) from the BHC and local community to apply. 

For more information, questions about the program or applications please visit their website or email Alivia Shorter, HCC Program Manager at ashorter@healthcareers.org.

Building Healthy Communities Merced is a proud partner of United Way of Merced County.