Wishing You a Happy New Year
The Long Beach Office of Equity wishes you a Happy New Year!
Meet Our New Equity Officer
Alanah Grant is the new Equity Officer for the Long Beach Office of Equity. She comes with over six years of experience working with diverse communities, writing policy, administering and implementing programs for non-profit and public agencies related to racial equity and inclusion. Over the past year, Alanah has supported the Office of Equity's implementation of the Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative by coordinating staff-led workgroups to build capacity and create organizational infrastructure to address the 120 potential actions outlined within the Report.  
In her new role, Alanah will lead the Equity Team in developing and implementing innovative strategies that dismantle inequities and systemic barriers in policies and programs so that everyone can reach their highest potential for a successful life, regardless of their background and identity. As a second-generation Long Beach native, Alanah is excited to lead this transformational work in her hometown. Alanah has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from South Carolina State University, and she is a candidate for a certificate in Innovation and Trends in Public Administration from Claremont Lincoln University. 
Language Access Program
One of the Office of Equity’s key roles is coordinating the implementation and administration of the Language Access Policy across City Departments. Here is what that means for you! 
Language Access Specialist Positions Are Open!
The Office Equity is recruiting 4 Language Access Specialists to support the implementation of the City's Language Access Policy and ensure that all members of the community have access to the City's programs, resources, and services in Spanish, Tagalog, and Khmer. Please use these links to apply! 

Tagalog Language Access Specialist:
Spanish Language Access Specialists:
Khmer Language Access Specialist: full-time
Upcoming Meetings, Events, Resources and More
Black Mental Health Request for Qualifications 
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is seeking Black-serving mental health providers to provide culturally affirming mental health services to under- and uninsured Black Long Beach residents experiencing negative mental and emotional well-being.  

Information Sessions:
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, from 12-1 pm 
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, from 5-6 pm 
2022 Long Beach Homeless Count Update
Due to the increased transmission and surge in COVID-19 cases, the 2022 Homeless Count has been delayed to Thursday, Feb. 24, from 5 am to 10 am. 
If interested, there are still volunteer slots left to fill. Please use this link to register.
COVID-19 Surge Updates
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge locally, we want to ensure you have the latest updates.  
Isolation and Quarantine Requirements
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services issued updated Isolation and Quarantine Orders and an updated Health Order, all of which, took effect on Jan. 4.  

People who test positive for COVID-19, no matter their vaccination status or previous infection(s), must self isolate for at least 5 days and notify close contacts and anyone they may have exposed. Isolation can end ONLY if the person is asymptomatic or fever-free with improving symptoms, AND a negative test result on or after day five of isolation. After the end of self-isolation, wearing a mask indoors and outdoors must continue for at least five days.

People who are not fully vaccinated AND have received their booster must quarantine for at least five days and wear a mask indoors and outdoors for at least 10 days if they have been exposed to the virus. If symptoms occur, isolation and testing must happen immediately. Individuals whose vaccine status is completely up to date (including the booster) do not have to quarantine, but should test immediately and again after 5 days. Additionally, a mask should be worn indoors and outdoors for at least 10 days.
Testing for Long Beach Students and Faculty
As of Monday, Jan. 10, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will offer COVID-19 tests to Long Beach students, faculty, and staff, including private and charter schools. The clinic will be available weekdays from 9 am to 4:30 pm, with a break for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave. Both antigen rapid tests and PRC tests will be available. Appointments are not required. The new clinic is restricted to Long Beach faculty and students who are symptomatic or who need a clear test to return to school following a COVID-19 infection or post-quarantine. 
Additional Testing
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has expanded its testing for residents to include a new, larger drive-thru and walk-up testing clinic in the former Boeing parking lot located near 3590 E. Wardlow Rd.  
Council and Commission Meetings Shift to Virtual
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, Long Beach City Council meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. Members of the public will be able to join virtually from a smartphone/tablet app, computer or phone.  
Beginning this week, the Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus location will transition to a vaccine-ONLY site.  
Equity and Human Relations Commission 
The next EHRC meeting will be this Wednesday, January 12 at 6 pm!

Join by Phone: (213) 338-8477 

Webinar ID: 979 7216 6554