The Connection Between Health & Voting 

There is bigger connection between your health and voting than you think. Learn more here.

In 2016 #MercedCommunitiesRise

In 2016, our youth will make a difference across our communities but they can't do it alone. That is why Merced Building Healthy Communities looks forward in working with City and County leaders, elected officials, and residents to #InvestInOurYouth, to invest in our Future. 

#MercedCommunitiesRise With Better Schools.

In 2016, parents now have power then ever to improve their children's education. A new State law provide more money to invest in the education of more children. Learn how YOU can make a difference.

Together we make #MercedCommunitiesRise

A new movement is happening across California. It's called Building Healthy Communities. In Merced County join us as we make safe healthy communities for All. Join the movement. Get to know BHC Merced! #MercedCommunitiesRise.

Beachwood Franklin Scores $1 Million Investment 

News: Through the collaboration of BHC Merced partners and Merced County,  Residents of the Beachwood-Franklin area and local agencies celebrated a victory Wednesday that will allow for road improvements on Lobo Avenue near Franklin Road. Read more. 

BHC Community Circle: PLanada!

We celebrated our 3rd BHC Community Circle this year in the beautiful town of Planada. Check out the pictures from this amazing event on our Flickr page. Thanks to all the amazing volunteers and BHC partners that made this event possible! #HealthHappenHere

The BHC Community

At its very core, Building Healthy Communities is about bringing people and organizations together to make Merced a place where all children  are safe, healthy, and ready to learn; Learn more.

Access to Healthcare is a Human Right

Health happens when all people have access to affordable healthcare. Learn how to get connected with local Certified Enrollers in your county; Learn more.

Health Happens In Schools

Health and academic achievement go hand in hand. When students are healthy in mind and body, they miss less school, focus better in class, and are more likely to graduate. Health Happens in Schools works closely with education leaders, parents and students to create positive learning environments where students can thrive.

Health Happens in Neighborhoods 

Your neighborhood shouldn’t determine how long you’ll live, but in most cases it does. Because where we live, affects how we live. In a healthy neighborhood, children ride bikes and play together in accessible parks. Young people have opportunities to grow and learn. Simply put it, a healthy neighborhood consist healthy youth development.

Health Happens with Prevention 

It doesn’t make sense to just treat illnesses after they happen. Access to affordable, quality health care can prevent people from getting sick in the first place, saving money, time, and lives. The Affordable Care Act is putting prevention front and center, so we focus on lower-cost interventions that extend the length and quality of lives and reduce costs associated with treating preventable, chronic diseases like diabetes.

We Are BHC - Valuing Youth Voice

Transformative and sustained change takes power, youth leadership, strong partnerships, and telling a new story about how health happens – or should happen. Learn more about Building Healthy Communities. 

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Building Healthy Communities Merced is a coalition of residents, young people and community-based organizations working together to create and encourage thriving communities where all children and families can live healthy, safe and productive lives.
At its very core, Building Healthy Communities is about bringing people and organizations together to make Merced a place where all children are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

 A Tale of Two Zip Codes  

When it comes to our health, our zip code matters more than our genetic code. For many communities in California and across the United States, easy access to healthy food options, parks for exercise, and good schools determines quality & length of life.
The Building Healthy Communities initiative seeks to bring equity to all neighborhoods so that all Californians can enjoy the benefits of healthy communities to live long and prosper. It’s time to change the odds for everyone.
It is time to truly invest in everyone. #MercedCommunitiesRise

Lupe Under The Sun: Merced

October 22 @ 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

BHC would like to invite you to a screening of “Lupe Under the Sun,” a new film directed by Rodrigo Reyes, using real farmworkers and real locations in Merced County, as part of the #Health4All campaign.The film has been invited to festivals around the world and is a winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2016…

Spanish Merced City District 1 Candidates Forum

October 24 @ 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Making history in Merced First all Spanish Merced District Candidates Forum (Merced, CA) – Building Healthy Communities Merced and partners will host the first-ever Merced district election forum to be conducted in the Spanish language in our city. Building Healthy Communities Merced is about inclusion and civic participation, particularly for groups that have been marginalized…