Please Excuse Our Mess! - Building Healthy Communities

Please Excuse Our Mess!



About Building Healthy Communities South Kern

Where you live matters.

Children born in neighborhoods with safe parks, fresh produce and clean drinking water can live up to 20 years longer than those born in less advantaged neighborhoods. In communities with poverty, poor air quality, stores that promote liquor and junk food, and a lack of sidewalks or parks, residents are much less likely to be healthy.

In California, many communities are making our children unhealthy. In South Kern, the community faces many struggles including poverty, unhealthy air, unemployment, and low educational attainment. Living in South Kern should not predict how long you live….but it does.

Building Healthy Communities is a comprehensive community initiative that is creating a revolution in the way Californians think about and support health in their communities. Residents are proving that they can make health happen in their neighborhoods, schools and with prevention—and in doing so, they are creating a brighter future for their children.

Thousands of residents, youth, businesses and organizations are leading the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) South Kern effort to positively change the health of our communities through a shared vision, goals and action plan. Residents in Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch and the unincorporated areas of Greenfield are proving that we have the power to make health happen in our communities.

BHC South Kern is promoting healthy change in the areas of:

  • Education: The education system supports every student and their family in being successful, healthy, and accessing career or college/university programs
  • Environment: Ensuring a safe and healthy environment with clean air, water, and land.
  • Health Access: Everyone has access to appropriate, affordable, high quality health services that include a focus on prevention.
  • Recreation: Recreation systems and community environments are safe, and promote community and healthy, active lifestyles for everyone.

Although creating real change can be difficult, our children deserve clean water, healthy food, safe places to learn and play, and access to health care so they can live long healthy lives.