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Join Community Vital Signs and transform your community

communityvitalsignsCommunity Vital Signs is working on a Community Transformation Plan that includes goals to address over the next three to five years to make improvements in education, economy, access to health and wellness, and safety. By addressing these areas, we can transform the health of San Bernardino County.

You can be a voice for your community and take part in shaping the Community Transformation Plan County during a live webinar on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon.

A recorded version of the webinar will be available on the Community Vital Signs website – you can provide your feedback until Friday, November 21st!

Please join Community Vital Signs for an Online Forum to help transform San Bernardino County into a healthier place to liveworklearn, and play.

Click here to RSVP

Click here to visit the Community Vital Signs Website to download a English or Spanish version of the Online Community Forum flyer.

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Visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about what we are doing and how you can join us in transforming the County of San Bernardino into a healthier place to liveworklearn, and play.

Help fight hunger Sunday at the Monster Charity Run/Walk

sowingseedsforlifeSowing Seeds for Life, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 6,000 people through their food pantry is holding their second 1K-5K Monster Run/Walk on Sunday.

The event is being held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway in Ontario.

The 1K fun run is for children beginning at 7 a.m. The 5K Monster Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

The registration fee is $30. Kids ages 3 to 8 are free with a registered runner, limit two per runner.

The proceeds will benefit Sowing Seeds for Life and Hearts of Lala’s Rainbow.

If one registered runner can raise $120, it will allow two families to have a complete Thanksgiving dinner.

For more information and registration, visit




You’re invited to the 8th Annual Homeless Summit on Nov. 5

Homeless Summit Electronic Invite PIO revised 10 7 14The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership invites the public to attend the 8th Annual Homeless Summit held in conjunction with the Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Homeless Provider Network.

Homeless service providers, faith-based organizations, city governments, and other public and private agencies involved in providing services to chronically homeless individuals and families are encouraged to attend.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario.

This year’s event is entitled “Collaboration is KEY”, and is geared to inspire faith-based and community-based homeless providers and government agencies to become more informed and active in forming practical solutions and policies to end homelessness. The summit will include a variety of targeted workshops including:

  • A new law enforcement approach to homelessness;
  • The role of WIA and EDD Employment programs, as well as the veteran program in helping people become employed;
  • Funding opportunities for homeless service providers;  and
  • Progress on ending veteran homelessness

This year’s Homeless Summit is provided free of charge through the Partnerships continued commitment to provide quality services and salient resources to homeless service providers – our essential partners in our joint effort to end chronic homelessness.

Registration for this event is available through the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership website at

There are four workshops to choose from, so please pick one workshop from each section.  You may also contact Deanna Luttrell from the Office of Homeless Services at (909) 386-8225 or via email at if you need assistance with summit registration.




Residents invited to shape community transformation plan

community vital signsThe power to transform community health in San Bernardino County is being placed in the hands of residents. The community is invited to an interactive forum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 17 at Central Park at 11200 Baseline Road in Rancho Cucamonga.  The Community Vital Signs sponsored forum will give residents an opportunity to share ideas and opinions that will be used to shape the Community Transformation Plan.

The Community Transformation Plan will include goals, objectives and metrics for changes in education, economy, access to health and wellness, and safety. The meeting will explore goals that Community Vital Signs has developed during a series of engagement meetings with community leaders in 2013.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair and Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford will attend. “Community input is critical to developing effective solutions to the issues that matter most to our residents,” Rutherford said. “I encourage everyone to participate in this community collaboration so the actions that come out of it reflect the values and needs of all our communities.”

The Community Vital Signs initiative addresses the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision. It is a community health improvement framework developed through the collaborative efforts of county residents, community organizations, and government agencies. It sets evidence-based goals and priorities that align and leverage our resources to improve the overall health and well-being of the county’s residents. To register for the event, call (888) 433-1363.

Raven Casas, 8, raises $2,500 for Children’s Fund

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Eight-year-old Raven Casas woke up one morning and told her family she wanted to do something to help others.
In the last three months, Raven accomplished what she set out to do and collected $2,500 to donate to the Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County, according to the San Bernardino Sun.
The Children’s Fund’s mission is to prevent child abuse in our community; to ensure that at-risk children who are abused, neglected, impoverished, or abandoned receive adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care and education; and to provide equal opportunity for social development for these children.

Raven collected donations at school, at her mother’s workplace, at the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians tribal headquarters and her karate studio.

This 8-year-old girl is just another example of how San Bernardino County residents are helping to achieve the Countywide Vision.

Sponsors needed to help with free haircuts, school supplies for youth

youngvisionariesYoung Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy is holding their 8th Annual “Get Geared Up and Groomed Up” event offering free haircuts and school supplies to youth ages 17 and under in San Bernardino.

The event will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Marinello School of Beauty, 721 W. 2nd Street, Suite E, San Bernardino, CA 92410 .

The event is by appointment only.

Contact Lizette Lopez at Young Visionaries at (909) 881-3382 or at to make an appointment or to make donations for backpacks and school supplies.

Young Visionaries has already secured 200 backpacks from sponsors NBC4, NID Housing Counseling Agency and the Marinello School of Beauty, but is asking the community to help out with more supplies.

This event is another example of community-based organizations collaborating on the Countywide Vision’s regional goal of helping every child from cradle to career.



County to link health, education and housing with $32K grant

SBCDPH-logoWith a $32,000 grant from The California Endowment via the Riverside County Department of Public Health, San Bernardino County will conduct an education-based demonstration project that will help youth move up and out of affordable housing communities located throughout the county.

This project represents the Countywide Vision in action, with a particular focus on one of  the Vision’s regional goals of partnering with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career.

The Departments of Public Health, Community Development and Housing, and the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools are collaborating on a plan that will help residents attain appropriate reading levels by the third grade, learn how to improve nutrition and increase physical activity, and address bullying and school safety.

An affordable housing development will be identified to introduce a training module through its resident services program, which will help individuals attain core skills that will help them achieve wellness and confidence.

“This demonstration project seeks to address education, nutrition and school safety, which are three of the top community wellness priorities established through the Community Vital Signs initiative during 2013, and to promote the Countywide Vision’s Cradle to Career goal,” said Trudy Raymundo, director of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

The purpose of the grant is to introduce the concept of “Health in All Policies.”  Success of the project will demonstrate the benefit of introducing policy that will enable similar training programs in affordable housing throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation with a mission to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

San Bernardino barber offers free haircuts, school supplies to kids

barberpoleTrevaughn Moore of Luxury Cuts in San Bernardino pooled his resources together and offered children and teenagers free haircuts and school supplies on Sunday.

“San Bernardino has more to offer,” Moore told the San Bernardino Sun. “San Bernardino isn’t a dead, no-good city.”

Luxury Cuts, located at 1357 Kendall Drive in San Bernardino also had free entertainment and food booths outside the shop. The newspaper reported about 150 kids came in to get schools supplies and about 50 got haircuts within the first couple of hours.

Leonard Lighten, who owns the shop, told the newspaper: “People still care about human beings. People care about those who are less fortunate than others.”

This effort exemplifies the Countywide Vision because it promotes the quality of life, wellness and education of our residents.

Read more about the event here.

Community Vital Signs featured for efforts to engage community in wellness

community vital signsWorking to achieve health and well being for San Bernardino County residents is a priority for Community Vital Signs, a health improvement effort developed through the collaboration of county residents, community organizations and government agencies.

The Community Vital Signs initiative addresses the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision.  It sets evidence-based goals and priorities that align and use our resources to improve the overall health and well-being of the county’s residents.

In April, Community Vital Signs was featured in the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Community Spotlight. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The website feature highlights Community Vital Signs’ efforts to engage the community in working toward wellness.

The Community Spotlight can be viewed at

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