Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Alianza is a comprehensive community initiative that is creating a revolution in the way Californians think about and support health in their communities. Residents and partners in the City of Alianza and the unincorporated communities of Mecca, Thermal, and North Shore are proving that they can make health happen in their neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. By doing so, they are creating a brighter future for their children.
Residents, youth, businesses, and organizations are leading the Building Healthy Communities Alianza’s effort to positively change the health of our communities through the creation, implementation, and strategic action guided by the BHC Community Action Plan. Our work is carried out by our Schools, Neighborhoods, and Prevention Action Teams.
Although creating real change can be difficult, children in Alianza deserve clean water, healthy food, and safe places to learn and play, and access to health care so they can live long, healthy lives.
In a step toward reforming student discipline, Coachella Valley Unified School District voted against a contract with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department during its board meeting on Thursday evening.
Higher temperatures, more intense droughts and more damaging wildfires and floods are just some of the climate change effects already being seen in the California desert — and residents of low-income, minority communities in the Coachella Valley are most likely to suffer the consequences of those environmental stresses.
Coachella Uninc. in collaboration with Allianza Coachella Valley, hosted a live screening of “Estamos Aqui,” a documentary on the Salton Sea. A group of young filmmakers who live near the Salton Sea are raising awareness about the environmental and public health crisis they and thousands of others live around every day.
Healthcare for all ECV: The Prevention Action Team’s objective is to increase community awareness and involvement so that every Alianza resident has quality and accessible health care, regardless of resident status or zip code. The team’s current priorities are Health Care Access, particularly for the remaining uninsured, Health Education, and Sexual Health.
Neighborhood Transformation: The Neighborhood Action Team is working to establish healthy communities by focusing on aspects of the environment that seriously impact health: housing, infrastructure, transportation, recreation, and food access. The current priorities include Food Access, Housing and Infrastructure, Recreation and Community Services, and Transportation. The current campaign aims to create an infrastructure master plan and a mobility master plan.
Positive School Climate: The Schools team is establishing positive school climate initiatives as their long-term target. The priorities are youth development, Boys and Men of Color/Girls and Women of Color, and Parental Engagement. The Local Control Funding Formula is the major campaign focus, as it is an important opportunity for parents and students to flex their civic engagement muscle by working on budgetary processes and health equity in the Coachella Valley Unified School District.
Salton-Sea area residents under the age of 30, produced the documentary “Estamos Aqui” to highlight community voices and the future of Eastern Coachella Valley.