By Chyna Patz, South Kern Sol

West High School has a bullying problem.

Walk around West High any school day and you can find somebody on campus who has been personally affected by bullying, or knows a student who has. I have tested this, and found that every student I had spoken to, had been subjected to bullying, at least once at West.

There have even been times when I have had to watch a close friend get called names, just for being gay. All I could do was hold them and tell them it would be alright.

I’ve had friends physically hurt by bullies, to the point where they felt unsafe coming to school.

I’ve personally been shoved by bullies in hallways and made fun of. I know how other victims feel.

Report after report had been filed by victims,  but there was hardly any effort to change the culture until a student who felt their only option was suicide filed a complaint. That set in motion something that has been sorely needed — an anti-bullying assembly to be hosted Tuesday and Thursday.

Click here to read more from South Kern Sol. 

This story was also published in the Bakersfield Californian on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  

Building Healthy Communities Kern is looking for an All Action Team Liaison. Please take a look at the job description below for more information.

Job Description: All Action Team Liaison

Job title:  All Action Team Liaison

Project Background & Description:

Building Healthy Communities is a public health initiative aimed at achieving health and racial equity in California. The effort, supported by The California Endowment, is intended to improve the health outcomes of people living in fourteen communities throughout California and to provide a blueprint of creating healthy communities by building power, changing the narrative, building partnerships and leveraging resources. Building Healthy Communities Kern (BHC-Kern) can change the odds for underserved communities in Kern. Advancing the work of BHC-Kern is a broad and diverse collaborative comprised of public agencies, community organizations, schools, faith-based groups, advocates, residents and youth. Supporting the BHC-Kern collaborative is the central team (Learning & Evaluation, Communications Director, Policy & Strategic Facilitator, All Action Team Liaison and Translator) also known as the HUB, which provides coordination, infrastructure and logistical support to collaborative partners.

ROLE

The BHC-Kern All Action Team Liaison will report directly to the Policy & Strategic Facilitator.  The position’s primary function is to provide administrative support to the HUB.  The Liaison is responsible for helping with logistics and arranging meetings, providing clerical support to Hub staff as needed, and helping coordinate large BHC-related events in conjunction with the Hub Policy & Strategic Facilitator.  The All Action Team Liaison may also assist with other initiative-related activities.

The position requires a flexible work schedule as meetings and events may occur outside normal office hours, including evenings and weekends.

RESPONSIBILITES

  • Works collaboratively with the HUB staff, BHC-Kern partners, and community members to meet the goals of the initiative.

  • Follows established protocols and checklists for planning BHC-Kern events, meetings and activities.

  • Arranges logistics (with support and oversight from Policy & Strategic Facilitator) securing locations, arranging food and refreshments, technology, materials, childcare, etc. for all BHC Kern events, including but not limited to, monthly HUB meetings, Action Team meetings, All Action Team Meetings, and monthly partner events.

  • Attends all meetings and is responsible for taking and distributing minutes, being in charge of set up/clean up, and assisting the Policy & Strategic Facilitator with activities.

  • Responds promptly to telephone, mail and e-mail.

  • Maintains membership roster by keeping the partners database up to date.

  • Maintains and populates BHC-Kern social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and BHC app.

  • Develops monthly newsletter

  • Other duties as assigned.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

The All Action Team Liaison must be able to work with a diverse cross-section of people and serve communities with varied economic, social, racial, and cultural backgrounds.  The All Action Team Liaison should enjoy a challenge, be passionate about the work, and be committed to social justice.  The All Action Team Liaison should be a self-starter and-highly motivated, and able to work with minimum supervision, while keeping Hub staff up to date with all activities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • A.A degree or higher.

  • Two or more years of recent clerical or office assist experience in the non-profit sector is highly desirable. Event planning experience is a plus.

  • Experience working within community settings is highly desirable.

QUALIFICATIONS: TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required, including use of proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and standard business formats.

  • Able to manage multiple priorities and work well with others in a busy, fast- paced, evolving team environment.

  • Proactive workstyle, able to anticipate teams’ needs, seeing projects to successful conclusion.

  • Able to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.

  • Able to produce proper and timely record keeping and minutes

  • Able to travel and work evenings and weekends as required.

  • Ability to maintain complete discretion, confidentiality, sensitivity and professional judgment.

  • Possesses strong organizational skills initiative and follow-through

  • Proficient and comfortable using the Internet and social media tools.

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive within Kern County and California as needed

  • Ability to perform safe and effective lifting and bending.

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for periods of time.

  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds

INTERPERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Deep interest in and commitment to the vision, mission, and work of BHC-Kern.

  • Professionalism with the ability to maintain a positive attitude and respectful demeanor at all times.

  • Polite, courteous, and professional demeanor, particularly under stress.

  • Able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and communities.

  • Bi-lingual in Spanish preferable

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The All Action Team Liaison is a full-time, contract position.  This position is grant-funded. Salary $40,000.

HOW TO APPLY 

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Sample original writing

  • Three professional references

DEADLINE

Friday February 9, 2018

Mail to:

CSUB Sponsor Program Admin.

Alejandra Garcia

9001 Stockdale Hwy

26BDC Political Science Dept.

Bakersfield, Ca 93311

E-mail:

bhcagarcia@gmail.com

Subject Line: Application for Hub All Action Team Liaison BHC-Kern

Several health care facilities across Kern County are teaming up to hold enrollment events before the deadline on January 31 to help area residents navigate the process.

“We are coming together to provide community residents with an opportunity to find out about their health coverage options and to enroll into a qualified health plan before Open Enrollment ends,” Clinica Sierra Vista Chief Operating Officer Bill Phelps said.

Phelps added that interest is up this year compared to last year but does not have official numbers yet.

The community is invited to attend the next enrollment event, which will be held Saturday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valley Plaza Mall between Macy’s and JC Penney.

For more information call Clinica Sierra Vista at (661) 328-4245 or Omni Family Health at (661) 459-1900.

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La fecha límite de la inscripción abierta es el 31 de enero

Varias instalaciones de atención médica por todo el condado de Kern se están reuniendo para celebrar eventos de inscripción antes de la fecha límite del 31 de enero para ayudar a los residentes del área a navegar el proceso.

“Nos estamos reuniendo para brindar a los residentes de la comunidad la oportunidad de conocer sus opciones de cobertura de salud e inscribirse en un plan de salud calificado antes de que finalice la inscripción abierta”, dijo el director de operaciones de Clínica Sierra Vista, Bill Phelps.
Phelps agregó que el interés aumentó este año en comparación con el año pasado, pero aún no tiene cifras oficiales.

La comunidad está invitada a asistir al próximo evento de inscripción que se llevará a cabo el sábado, 27 de enero de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m. en el Valley Plaza Mall, entre Macy’s y JC Penney.

Para obtener más información, llame a Clínica Sierra Vista al (661) 328-4245 o a Omni Family Health al (661) 459-1900.

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The Center for Social Justice Center and the Immigration Justice Collaborative Produced the film, ‘American Migrant Stories from Kern County,’ the documentary exposes the pain that families face in their search for prosperity.

The Immigration Justice Collaborative is a group of prominent local attorneys in Kern County who organize to assist immigrants in known their constitutional rights, the first of this type of collaborative in Kern. The collaborative brings in new voices and influence to the fight for social justice.

The Immigration Justice Collaborative is a group of prominent local attorneys in Kern County who organize to assist immigrants in known their constitutional rights, the first of this type of collaborative in Kern. The collaborative brings in new voices and influence to the fight for social justice.

Bakersfield, Calif. – Organizations, advocates, students and families delivered a simple message during a recent press event at the Liberty Bell: health is more than health care and everyone, particularly the most vulnerable members of our community, is at risk.

As an example, residents, in partnership with Building Healthy Communities South Kern including Faith in the Valley, Dignity Health’s Community Health Initiative, Clinica Sierra Vista, Vision y Compromiso, California Partnership, say that the expansion of Medi-Cal has helped boost the regional economy by creating new jobs and providing people with basic preventative services. Specifically, in Kern County, if life-saving health coverage were to be reduced or dramatically cut, we could:

  • Lose health insurance for about 160,000 children, seniors and working family members;

  • Get rid of about 14,700 jobs and;

  • Rip about $305 million from our local economy

“We want to educate our fellow Kern County residents about what it means to create a healthy Kern County,” said Lorena Lara of Faith in the Valley Kern. “Cutting health care will hurt real families directly and hurt all of us indirectly by crushing our economy.”

Family financial stability advocates also say that the proposed changes currently being considered to our tax system would have devastating consequences for the economic health of our communities. For example, abolishing deductions for state/local taxes and itemized charitable deductions, which would sharply raise Californians’ tax bill, will hurt our capacity to invest in the things that matter most to us.

“We already know that over 80% of all donations made nationally come from individuals—not foundations or corporations,” said Jill Egland, Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of Kern County. “Those same numbers hold true for us here in Kern. Furthermore, we’re not just talking about contributions from the very wealthy. We’re talking about the bulk of charitable investment coming from working- and middle-class incomes. Reducing or abolishing these deductions? We’ll feel it here, most definitely, in our loss of ability to invest in our parks, our schools, our places of worship, our emergency relief efforts. We need to empower communities. Not cripple them.”

BHC-SK is a broad collaborative of community groups and organizations, public agencies, residents, and youth leaders who are partnering and advocating towards community and health equity in Kern’s underserved communities.                                     

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2017

Media Contact: Reyna Olaguez, Building Healthy Communities South Kern
(661) 817-3577, reyna@healthysouthkern.org

Hundreds of Residents Are Expected to Attend Screening of ‘American Migrant Stories’

Building Healthy Communities South Kern is proud to present a special screening of ‘American Migrant Stories’ to a special audience today at CSU Bakersfield (CSUB).

We are thrilled to present this documentary to the folks who may share a similar story to the stories told in this gripping production that exposes the pain that families face in their search for prosperity.

BHC-SK will be busing in residents from Delano, McFarland, Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch and Greenfield to watch this riveting documentary produced by CSU Bakersfield’s Center for Social Justice with financial support from BHC-SK.

The community is welcome to attend this free screening today, Dec. 14 at CSU Bakersfield’s Dore Theatre, 9000 Stockdale Hwy. in Bakersfield, CA at 6:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local attorney’s David Torres, H.A. Sala, Win Eaton, Xochitl Garcia and Bakersfield Chief of Police, Lyle Martin.

BHC-SK is a broad collaborative of community groups and organizations, public agencies, residents, and youth leaders who are partnering and advocating towards community and health equity in Kern’s underserved communities.

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Photo above: Jack Becker (Program Manager at Bike Arvin and Bike Bakersfield), Alex Gonzalez (Organizer at Faith in Kern), Bill Phelps (Chief of Program Services at Clinica Sierra Vista) and Elizabeth Martinez (Healthy Policy Organizer at the Dolores Huerta Foundation)
 
Building Healthy Communities South Kern partners attended the inaugural Cross-Collaboration Breakfast on October 20, spending the morning identifying the places Action Teams can support each other and increase their reach.