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In 2010, The California Endowment embarked on a new, 10-year strategic direction: Building Healthy Communities. The idea was to select a handful of low-income California communities that were experiencing significant health disparities, which started with 200 and then whittled down to 14. The belief is that within those communities you’ve got resources that are not being optimized, and the goal is to figure out how do we invest in such a way to optimize those resources that will ultimately lead to the greatest degree of community resilience.

East Salinas was selected as one of the 14 sites. East Salinas has the highest housing density, lowest education and economic levels, highest crime rate, and the most gang activity in Monterey County. Fifty percent of all gang-related incidents are concentrated in East Salinas.

Despite the many challenges East Salinas faces, there is a strong desire from residents, private organizations, and public agencies to improve the social and economic conditions in the neighborhood. There is a wealth of community resources, assets, and skills from which to build change towards a healthy East Salinas.

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BHC East Salinas Partners

East Salinas Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a community driven initiative, grounded in a strong local history of community advocacy and active partnerships between residents, private organizations, and public agencies. BHC participants work together to transform the environments where East Salinas residents live, work, and play into places that support health and economic well-being. East Salinas BHC leverages this collaborative approach to effectively engage residents in local planning and policy decisions.

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The California Endowment

The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for under-served individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians…Click on link to learn more – Mission

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