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Building Healthy 
Communities - Boyle Heights 

For more information, please contact:


Ismael Castro (He/Him/His) 

Project Manager


(213) 344.3789

Health Happens in Schools
Anchor Leads:
Ruth Cusick (She/Her/Hers) - Public Counsel


Daniela Hernandez (She/Her/Hers) - InnerCity Struggle


Health Happens with Prevention 
Anchor Leads:
Melisa Meza (She/Her/Hers) – The Wall Las Memorias Project

Sarah Keeney (She/Her/Hers)- One LA


Eastside LEADS
Anchor Lead:
Pamela Agustin (She/Her/Hers) – East Los Angeles Community Corporation


Invest in Youth
Anchor Lead:
Lucy Herrera (She/Her/Hers)  – Legacy LA



​Building Healthy Communities is a ten-year comprehensive community initiative supported by the California Endowment, creating a revolution in the way Californians think about and support health in their communities. Through Building Healthy Communities Boyle Heights (BHCBH), residents and community based organizations are engaged in social justice movement building, working to ensure that all community members have access to quality physical and mental health care, affordable housing, high performing schools, vibrant green spaces, inclusive and equitable community development with community input, and resources to support youth. This is done by building leadership and organizing capacity and people power of youth and adult residents, enhancing collaboration and policy innovation, leveraging partnerships and resources, and changing narratives to engage in advocacy for policy and system change. 

Services Provided at The Wellness Center:

Leadership: BHCBH does not offer direct services to the public; however, residents can contact the Project Manager to get more information on how to get involved through one of the four campaigns:

  • Health Happens in Schools

  • Health Happens with Prevention

  • Invest in Youth

  • Eastside LEADS



To learn more about Building Healthy Communities, click here

For a schedule of classes at The Wellness Centerclick here.

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