Dan Smith

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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“Safe in the South Bay” Program Aims to Reassure Public, Help Local Businesses & Restaurants Comply with County Health Order

“Safe in the South Bay” Program Aims to Reassure Public, Help Local Businesses & Restaurants Comply with County Health Order

Chambers of Commerce, Beach Cities Health District Provide Guidance for Area Businesses

By Dan Smith, Beach Cities Health District A new program in four South Bay cities will highlight businesses that are actively working to protect their employees and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as Los Angeles County continues its Roadmap to Recovery. Los Angeles County indicated that over the weekends of May 30, June […]

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Face Coverings: Our Actions = Results

Face Coverings: Our Actions = Results

Like seat belts, face coverings are an easy way to have a positive impact on your community

By Tom Bakaly, CEO, Beach Cities Health District It’s time to wear your face coverings. Like it or not, COVID-19 is going to be around for a while.  The safest thing to do is physically distance.  We did that and demonstrated that the strategy was not economically sustainable.  So, the Country opened while the threat […]

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Better Together

Better Together

Social connections are more important than ever

By Lauren Nakano, Director, Blue Zones Project, BCHD If you think about the paradigm of our lives right now, it’s confusing. As humans we are innately wired for social connection; science has proved our health and well-being depend on it. At the same time in this unprecedented pandemic, our health and well-being are also contingent […]

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COVID-19 Is Still Out There

COVID-19 Is Still Out There

Physician urges diligence as businesses, community reopen amidst pandemic

By Dr. William Kim, Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District As our restaurants, barbershops, salons and other businesses were preparing to re-open, COVID-19 took a back seat to the civil unrest taking place nationwide following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. COVID-19 is still here. And it’s still highly contagious and deadly. Since […]

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COVID-19 Test Site Moves to BCHD Campus Starting Monday

COVID-19 Test Site Moves to BCHD Campus Starting Monday

More than 17,000 County residents were tested at Galleria location

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Los Angeles County COVID-19 Test Site at the South Bay Galleria will relocate next week to the campus of Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach. The site’s final day at the Galleria was Friday, with testing at the new location beginning Monday, June […]