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Building Healthy Communities, Monterey County


Empower people to transform their communities in Monterey County and beyond.

The Big Idea

BHC Monterey County works with residents to address community issues. We have created a grassroots organizing framework that centers resident voice and power while at the same time engaging stakeholders into the broadest coalition for racial equity in the history of Monterey County. We believe that residents across the county will benefit from being able to participate in and learn from our current action teams in Salinas (La Cosecha, CPTED, Padres Unidos, Thriving Neighborhoods) and in Seaside (Black Power Building, MC Black Caucus). Through organizing and coalition building with systems leaders we have been able to sharpen our inside/outside approach in a way that builds community with government institutions. With the help of MC Gives we will be able to support residents to move toward community ownership and to be able to create a more healthy, sustainable and thriving community through addressing and transforming the root cause of inequities.

I want to share that I am very excited and proud to work with Building Healthy Communities. I have been in my position for two months as the Economic Justice Organizer. My focus is on ensuring that residents in Salinas and Monterey County have a voice and leadership to establish local priorities, face problems of health, economic justice and neighborhoods. We address issues of racial equity and land use so that we can create a community and to better our neighborhoods.

- Nidia Soto