Facemasks are no longer required. Should I still wear one?

By Dr. William Kim, Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance for people wearing face masks as a prevention measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of masks being “required,” they are now “strongly recommended.” The Los Angeles County Department of Public…

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BCHD Receives $1.13 million from State for Pandemic Efforts

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) announced it received $1.13 million in funding to cover unanticipated costs and loss of revenue associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency. The funding was made available from a $100 million allocation provided by the State Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom in the 2021-2022 State Budget. “This funding from the…

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BCHD Named ‘Healthcare District of the Year’ and a “Best Place to Work”

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD), which oversees 77 health districts in the state, has named Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Healthcare District of the Year. The announcement came during ACHD’s 69th annual meeting and 2021 awards ceremony last month. The theme of the event was “Recover, Refocus and Adapt” a concept that was…

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BCHD Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has presented a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental…

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BCHD Board to Consider Certification of Proposed Healthy Living Campus Master Plan EIR

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) will hold a public hearing Wednesday night, Sept. 8, where the BCHD Board of Directors will consider certifying that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the District’s Healthy Living Campus Master Plan complies with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).   The process for completing an EIR, mandated by California…

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BCHD Seeks Community Input About Health

  Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is asking residents of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach to take its Community Health Survey to better understand local health needs, which guide its health priorities, program and service offerings. The online community- and individual-level questionnaire captures zip code-specific information and unique perspectives of community members regarding…

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BCHD Volunteers Spruce Up School Gardens for LiveWell Kids Program

Alta Vista LWK Volunteers

On Wednesday, more than 70 volunteers tended to elementary school gardens in Redondo Beach for Beach Cities Health District’s (BCHD) LiveWell Kids Garden Prep Day. This year, volunteers, parents and students worked in eight of BCHD’s LiveWell Kids gardens, a program that works to prevent childhood obesity through hands-on gardening and nutrition lessons. Volunteers planted…

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Self-Monitoring a Critical Part of Self-Care

By Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer, Beach Cities Health District August is back to school season and families and students are checking in to make sure they have all they need for a successful school year. Registration and classes? Check. School supplies? Check. Face masks? Check. Now is also a great time to check in…

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BCHD Salutes its Volunteers & Partners with Luau

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) hosted a luau at its AdventurePlex facility in Manhattan Beach on July 24 to honor and thank its volunteers and community partners who assisted with its COVID-19 response, including working at its testing and vaccination sites, running essential errands for those needing help during COVID-19, supporting student health during distance…

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Can I get COVID-19 AFTER Being Vaccinated?

By William Kim, M.D., Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District Earlier this week, Los Angeles County announced that over half of residents aged 16 and above have been vaccinated against COVID-19, an important milestone and evidence that vaccines are an important tool in the fight against the virus. In L.A. County, just 11% of…

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Beach Cities Health District Seeks Applicants and Proposals for its Micro-Enrichment Grants 

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is currently accepting applications for its Micro-Enrichment Grants (MEG) to enhance its ability to provide preventive health services in the community. 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 noon on May 21, 2021,…

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Navigating Your Feelings about Reopening

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By Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer, Beach Cities Health District After living with COVID-19 for more than a year, Los Angeles County is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. More than 8 million vaccine doses have been administered in the County and we continue to move forward through the State’s…

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Improvements on the way for Valley Park in Hermosa Beach

  An all-volunteer project to restore a popular recreation area in Hermosa Beach is now offering the community a chance to “leave their mark in Valley Park.” Last month, Leadership Hermosa Beach announced its annual class project, Valley for All, which was unanimously approved by the Hermosa Beach City Council. The green light from the…

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Ten Things to Do Now that You are Vaccinated! 

By Dan Smith & Ronnie Nakasone, Beach Cities Health District You were able to book that vaccination appointment (finally!). If you are lucky, you’ve already completed the vaccine regimen – two doses for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single dose for the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson version. Now that you’re vaccinated, it’s not quite…

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