Dan Smith

“I knew I was doing the right thing”

“I knew I was doing the right thing”

A 1st-person account from a local participant in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine trial

By Gigi Moreno, Ph.D. In August, I received an email from Kaiser Permanente asking members to volunteer for a COVID vaccine trial. I have never volunteered as a test subject for any scientific experiment. I also do my best to minimize exposing my body to medications and other chemicals. Nevertheless, I clicked on the link. […]

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COVID-19 Vaccines Bring Hope – But Patience is Key

Keep the face coverings and hand sanitizer nearby; COVID-19 vaccine isn't likely to be available to most Americans until the spring

By Dr. William Kim, Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District The end is near. But not as near as we’d like. COVID-19 has brought the world to its knees, taking millions of lives, causing governments to impose lockdowns, cancel community events and shutter businesses to try and slow the spread of this deadly virus. […]

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COVID-19 Test Site at BCHD Campus Surpasses 100,000 Tests

COVID-19 Test Site at BCHD Campus Surpasses 100,000 Tests

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases has made December site’s busiest month to date

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Los Angeles County COVID-19 drive-thru test site at the Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) campus will administer its 100,000th test today, the site’s 259th day of operation. The Redondo Beach site was set up in April at the South Bay Galleria, before relocating to BCHD in early June when the […]

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Staying Healthy will make the Holidays Happy in 2020

Pandemic leads to a non-traditional holiday celebration

By Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer, Beach Cities Health District I love the holidays – the lights, the decorations, and of course the food. The community seems to sparkle in the dark winter nights.  This year, in the midst of the worsening pandemic, it’s no wonder that we’re seeing people bring out their decorations earlier.  […]

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Immune-Boosting Foods Are Important During Flu Season

Immune-Boosting Foods Are Important During Flu Season

A nutrient-rich diet can contribute to a healthy immune system

By Marissa Martorana, R.D. As a Registered Dietitian, I am often asked if there are certain foods that could prevent the flu or a cold. Although there is not one particular food that will offer complete immunity to the flu or a cold, there are certain eating patterns, nutrients and daily practices that could contribute […]

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BCHD seeks Applicants and Proposals for Micro Enrichment Grants

BCHD seeks Applicants and Proposals for Micro Enrichment Grants

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is currently accepting applications for its Micro Enrichment Grants (MEG) to enhance the community’s ability to provide preventive health services. These grants can provide up to $5,000 per request in a fiscal year for small, one-time, project-based health initiatives. This application period runs until November 20, 2020, with grant award […]

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Tired of the Pandemic? You’re not alone

By Dan Smith, Beach Cities Health District We’re now into the eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve all learned to wash our hands for 20 seconds or more at a time and we know how far six feet is between us and the next closest person. When we leave our homes, we’ve always taken […]

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Beach Cities Health District Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2020

Beach Cities Health District Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2020

Modern Healthcare honors BCHD for the eighth consecutive year

By Dan Smith, BCHD REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. BCHD is ranked number six in the Provider/Insurer category of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work for 2020.  The complete list of this year’s winners […]

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Flu Vaccines are Important

Flu Vaccines are Important

Health professionals urge residents to get vaccinated against the flu; looking to prevent a ‘twindemic’ of COVID-19 and influenza

By William Kim, M.D., Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District Flu season is upon us and every year, I have patients who ask if they should get a flu vaccine. My answer to them – with rare exceptions – is yes. I’ll get right to it: health professionals around the country, including the California […]

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BCHD Seeks Community Input Regarding Potential Aquatics Facility

BCHD Seeks Community Input Regarding Potential Aquatics Facility

By Dan Smith, BCHD Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is looking for the community’s input this weekend on a potential aquatics facility as part of their proposed Healthy Living Campus master plan. Current plans for the site on N. Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach call for a 220-unit assisted living facility, medical office buildings, a […]

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BCHD Partners with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, School Districts to Establish COVID-19 Screening Protocol

BCHD Partners with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, School Districts to Establish COVID-19 Screening Protocol

School staff and students will use web-based symptom assessment tool to gain access to campus

  By Dan Smith, Beach Cities Health District With daily health screenings now required for students attending school in-person in Los Angeles County, Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) has teamed with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), the Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District to launch […]

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Wearing and Caring for Face Coverings

Wearing and Caring for Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required to be worn by staff & students when campuses re-open

By William Kim, MD, Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District Six months after our Beach Cities schools closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have become accustomed to wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of the disease. Now, with a new school year starting, students are still taking classes at home/doing […]

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‘Safe in the South Bay’ Panel to Provide Info, Answer Residents’ COVID-related Questions Aug. 25

‘Safe in the South Bay’ Panel to Provide Info, Answer Residents’ COVID-related Questions Aug. 25

By Dan Smith, BCHD Beach Cities Health District is launching the virtual Safe in the South Bay series, bringing health experts, cities, chambers of commerce, schools and community members together around this fast-moving pandemic. The live-streamed series will cover a variety of COVID-19 topics, including testing, navigating the new normal, mental health and personal resilience. […]

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Dr. Kim’s Tips for Individuals and Businesses Dealing with COVID-19

Dr. Kim’s Tips for Individuals and Businesses Dealing with COVID-19

When to get tested? Can employers require a COVID test before returning to work? What is 'Safe in the South Bay?'

Dr. William Kim has been a physician in the South Bay for 35 years and serves as Chief Medical Advisor for Beach Cities Health District. Here, he provides tips for businesses and individuals dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. With COVID-19 all over the news and social media and cases surging, many residents are anxious to get […]

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COVID Q&A with Dr. William Kim

COVID Q&A with Dr. William Kim

When should I get tested for COVID-19? What is Close Contact? Answers to these and more questions about COVID-19

By Dan Smith, Beach Cities Health District Q: My friend just tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do now? Dr. Kim: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone who has been in close contact (see below) with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine themselves for 14 days. If you begin to experience […]

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