Dan Smith

June 17 BCHD Board Meeting to Hear Plans for Reduced Healthy Living Campus Project

Virtual Meeting will Present Updated Campus Proposal

By Dan Smith, BCHD Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) postponed its mid-March Healthy Living Campus public study session due to the COVID-19 Safer At Home Health Order. Updated campus plans will be the topic of the virtual BCHD Board of Directors public meeting on June 17 at 6:30 p.m. Significant modifications to the proposed Healthy […]

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BCHD To Conduct Virtual Board Meetings Due to COVID-19

BCHD To Conduct Virtual Board Meetings Due to COVID-19

Three meetings on tap between now and end of June

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors will conduct its upcoming public meetings virtually to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining BCHD programs and services. The next regular board meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, Wednesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 24. This comes […]

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Community Services Teams Offers Assistance for Beach Cities Residents

Community Services Teams Offers Assistance for Beach Cities Residents

Care Managers from BCHD serve as the community’s 'health safety net' for Beach Cities residents of all ages

By Ali Steward, BCHD “We’re here to help.” Beach Cities Health District’s Community Services department doesn’t have an official tagline, but if it did, that altruistic mantra would be an appropriate contender. This team of helping professionals serves as the community’s health safety net for Beach Cities residents of all ages. In the era of […]

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Dear Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020

COVID-19 Leads to Creativity, New Rituals for this year's Grads

By Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer, Beach Cities Health District Dear Class of 2020, Spring has always been an optimistic time for high school seniors. Rituals, rites of passage and celebrations give us the opportunity to honor where we’ve come from before moving on to our next adventure.  But how do we do that this […]

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USC, L.A. County COVID-19 Antibody Tests Conducted at Performing Arts Center

USC, L.A. County COVID-19 Antibody Tests Conducted at Performing Arts Center

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center served as a test site for a team from the Keck School of Medicine at USC and L.A. County public health officials, who conducted drive-thru antibody testing this past Friday and Saturday as part of a COVID-19 Serosurveillance Study. 125 individuals were tested at the […]

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Student Drive-bys Bring Smiles to Families

Student Drive-bys Bring Smiles to Families

Mira Costa students team with Friendship Foundation to spread cheer on “Friend-tastic Friday”

By Dan Smith, BCHD A group of high school kids committed numerous drive-by acts throughout the streets of Manhattan Beach Friday afternoon. And though there were plenty of witnesses, no one called the police. Zach Zawacki, a junior at Mira Costa High School, six friends, family members and representatives of the Friendship Foundation were in […]

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During COVID-19, BCHD To Provide Emergency Grants for Health Initiatives

BCHD Board OKs special fund to provide assistance; Applications can be submitted starting Monday

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors approved a new emergency grant allocation fund of $100,000 to assist disaster relief health initiatives in the Beach Cities during COVID-19 and in the future. The move, which passed by a 5-0 vote, was taken during a special board meeting held Wednesday, […]

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Creativity Brings Connection during Physical Distancing

Creativity Brings Connection during Physical Distancing

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer, Beach Cities Health District May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when the mental health community works to engage the public to reduce the stigma related to mental illness and remind people “you are not alone.” In 2020, these words carry more meaning as the world battles COVID-19 […]

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month; BCHD Reminds Community “It’s OK to Not be OK”

Website offers tools and resources to stay mentally healthy during COVID-19

By Dan Smith, BCHD Each year, the month of May brings awareness to the importance of mental health. In 2020, we are all impacted by COVID-19, and now more than ever, during physical distancing and uncertain times, it is important for the community to come together around mental health. Mental health affects millions of people […]

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L.A. County Update: Expanded List of COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing Eligibility

L.A. County Update: Expanded List of COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing Eligibility

The County of Los Angeles has been regularly updating its resources related to COVID-19. Here’s the latest information from the County: Expanded List of COVID-19 Symptoms The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded their list of COVID-19 symptoms experienced by those testing positive for COVID-19. In light of new guidance, LA County residents […]

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L.A. County Opens COVID-19 Testing to All Residents

L.A. County Opens COVID-19 Testing to All Residents

All residents - symptomatic or not - are now eligible for COVID-19 diagnostic tests

By Dan Smith, BCHD Testing eligibility requirements have been updated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday. This means all Los Angeles County residents can now book a same- or next-day appointment for a free, diagnostic COVID-19 test at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach or […]

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BCHD To Keep AdventurePlex and Center for Health & Fitness Closed Through May

BCHD To Keep AdventurePlex and Center for Health & Fitness Closed Through May

Health District CEO says physical distancing is working; urges residents to comply with Safer at Home Order to keep slowing COVID-19

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Chief Executive Tom Bakaly announced today that the health district’s two public-facing facilities, the Center for Health & Fitness in Redondo Beach and AdventurePlex in Manhattan Beach, will remain closed until at least May 31 in a continued effort to slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The […]

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Community Teams to Make Galleria a County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Facility

Community Teams to Make Galleria a County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Facility

L.A. County, Redondo Beach, Providence Little Company of Mary and Beach Cities Health District Bring COVID-19 Testing to the South Bay

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has been busy opening more than 30 COVID-19 testing sites throughout the county, including the first site in the South Bay at the Galleria in Redondo Beach. The Galleria location has administered more than 4,200 tests since it opened April 3. The drive-up […]

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Beware of COVID-19 Scams and False Claims

Beach Cities Doctor offers Facts and Advice related to COVID-19

By Dr. William E. Kim, MD, Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District News of COVID-19 serology tests coming to market have created confusion in the general public. Many are wondering what the difference is compared to tests being administered at testing sites around Los Angeles County and whether these tests can diagnose whether a […]

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Silver Linings of a Quarantine at the Beach

Silver Linings of a Quarantine at the Beach

A look at the good stuff happening in the Beach Cities while we’re “Safer at Home.”

By Ali Steward, MPH, Beach Cities Health District Dear Beach Cities, It’s been a few weeks since life as we knew it was turned upside down. But maybe a silver lining is that our perspectives have been upended, too. It’s still essential that we stay home and adhere to the latest public health guidelines, with […]