Health access, education equity, and safe neighborhoods will be the topic of discussion for community members and city leaders during a forum on Thursday.
Advocates and leaders in the community will have the chance to speak on how education funding impacts youth and discuss how to expand health access in Merced County, according to a statement from event organizers at Merced Building Healthy Communities, or BHC, an organization focused on improving living conditions in underserved communities in the county.
“The aim is to create an inclusive city, where all children have the same opportunity to achieve educational excellence, all residents have access to quality health care and no one lives in fear,” a statement from BHC said.
Officials from Merced School Districts and members of the Merced County Board of Supervisors will be attending, event organizers said.
There is a lot of funding and resources coming into the county, said Tsia Xiong, event organizer, and it’s important for people across the county to know where it’s being allocated.
“The question is, ‘Are we making improvements?’” he said.